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Boris Koodrin/ Director
Bardi Rosman Koodrin/ Literary Director
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2015 Fair Literary Awards

Congratulations to all the 2015 Literary Award Winners

Complete List Of Winners

2015 Digital Media Entries

Div 352 Blog Posts
1st Place: College Freshmen Say the Darnest Things by Laura Deck. Click here for the entire blog. 
Entry: Grade School Anthropology by Suda Miller. Click here for the entire blog.
Entry: About Time by Luanne Oleas. Click here for the entire blog

Div 354 Podcasts and Audiobooks
2nd Place: Tassajara: Ghosts, Zen, and Godspell by Suda Miller.
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Literary Stage: 6th Annual Author Day Sat June 13 2015

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Literary Stage Photos from SMCF 2015

Carry the Light Anthology

"Good News for Carry the Light Anthology Vol. 4. If you missed the Anthology during the Fair, see here for the best way to purchase."

Every entrant has at least one submission printed in our annual Carry the Light anthology published by Sand Hill Review Press Don’t forget our annual Carry the Light book launch and autograph party on Opening Day, June 6; book sale begins at 12:30 pm. See daily stage schedule for more information.

Launch Party Information Flyer


2015 Literary Stage Schedule June 6-13

NEW THIS YEAR! Our critique lotteries are sponsored by writing and editing consultants Darlene Frank, Lisa Meltzer Penn, and Audrey Kalman

Darlene, Audrey, and Lisa are active members of the San Francisco Peninsula Writers, a branch of the CWC California Writers Club They are carrying on the club's 100-year old tradition of "Writers Helping Writers."

These professional editors and book coaches have provided their editorial feedback on works drawn at random via the contestants' entry numbers, whether the submissions won a prize or not.

MEET THEM IN PERSON: Look for their special appearances during Fair Week! They will provide critique and editing advice in an "Ask the Editors" workshop on Sunday June 7th from 4 to 5 pm. They will also give free private writing consults to a limited number of people between 6 and 6:30 pm. Sign up is on a first come first serve basis exclusively for writers who attend the earlier Q&A. Print out 2 poems or one to two pages of a story or essay for their review.

The lucky lottery winners are:
Essay critique with Audrey Kalman:
Steinbeck and His Wives by Audry Lynch

Short story critiques with Lisa Meltzer Penn:
Imprisonment by Mary Van Tamelen
In Plain Sight by Anami Sheppard

Memoir critiques with Darlene Frank:
My First Alcoholic by Judith Shernock
Soul Masala by Ixchel Leigh

In the spirit of creative collaboration, we'll post the feedback on each selected entry for the benefit of other writers.

EXTRA: each winner will also be offered a no-charge phone consultation on his/her writing.

A Thank-You Note From A Writer

Subject: Critique Winner
To: Bardi Rosman Koodrin

I want to thank you for this year's literary part of the San Mateo Fair, the lottery critique. I was one of the lucky winners with my literary essay entitled "Steinbeck and His Wives".

I received an extremely incisive and helpful written critique from Audrey Kalman. Her professional comments and editorial insights were extremely helpful to me, especially where she suggested that I be more specific. I tend to become too vague.

She and I had a wonderful telephone chat. She was also kind enough to give me some suggestions on how to market the piece. I want to thank you for this special gift to some of us lucky critique winners.

- Audry Lynch


Literary Stage Schedule June 6-13   Contestant Readings Information Flyer

"Raffle Winner for San Francisco/Peninsula Branch of California Writers Club"

daveWe offer many thanks to our dedicated volunteers who accrued raffle tickets by the hours they spent proofreading the anthology, working on contestant info and spreadsheets, setting up the literary department displays, working the floor during our literary stage events, and a million other tasks to help make our department a major success. Congratulations to David Strom, who held the winning raffle ticket for our drawing of the 2015 Fair Literary Volunteer raffle. David wins a free one year membership to the San Francisco/Peninsula branch of the California Writers Club. Way to go Dave!"

Literary Arts Info

Outstanding Leadership Award


The John Kyne Award was inaugurated in 1974 in memory of John Kyne. The recipient of this prestigious youth award is selected based on their quality and diversity of exhibits throughout the Fair; demonstrated assistance with other exhibitors and department supervisors in the form of teaching, sportsmanship, leadership, attitude and cooperation; and their efforts and assistance given to the fair.

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