Wauseon native wins writing contest


Wauseon native Storm Humbert at the podium during the Writers and Illustrators of the Future awards event on Oct. 22.

Wauseon native Storm Humbert at the podium during the Writers and Illustrators of the Future awards event on Oct. 22.


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Wauseon native Storm Humbert, was honored at the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Event in Hollywood as a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and his story, “Stolen Sky,” published in the international bestselling anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36.

The awards event at the Taglyan Complex on Oct. 22 was a black-tie gala honoring all the winners of Volume 36 and Volume 37 as well as announcing the grand prize writer and illustrator winner from each volume.

Humbert grew up in Wauseon and Fayette, but now lives in Westland, Michigan with his girlfriend, Casey. It doesn’t seem like a far move, but he had to go through Philadelphia to get there. On the way, he picked up an MFA in fiction from Temple University, where he had the opportunity to study under Chip Delany, Don Lee, and other excellent professors. While there, he also had the opportunity to actually teach creative writing, which he would love to do again.

Humbert currently works as a technical legal writer in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is also a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine, which has been extremely helpful in his efforts to continue to grow and improve as a writer.

He has previously been a silver honorable mention and finalist in this contest. In addition to this piece, Humbert’s fiction has appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Apex Magazine, Interzone, and others.

The Writers of the Future Contest judges include, Tim Powers (author of On Stranger Tides), Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (Dune prequel series), Robert J. Sawyer (Quantum Night), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series, Stormlight Archive), Larry Niven (Ringworld), Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death), David Farland (Runelords), and Katherine Kurtz (Deryni series) to name a few.

Illustrators of the Future Contest judges include, Bob Eggleton (11 Chesley Awards and 7 Hugo Awards), Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons book covers), Echo Chernik (graphic designs for major corporations including Celestial Seasons tea packaging), Rob Prior (art for Spawn, Heavy Metal comics and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ciruelo (Eragon Coloring Book).

Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created the Writers of the Future (writersofthefuture.com) in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get that much-needed break.

Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 36 anthology volumes and awarded over $1,000,000 cumulatively in prize moneys and royalties.

Hundreds of winners have had successful writing careers following their win and publication in the anthology, and to date has launched the careers of 12 New York Times bestselling authors including: Jo Beverley, Tobias S. Buckell, Nancy Farmer, Eric Flint, Karen Joy Fowler, Tim Myers, Patrick Rothfuss, Lisa Smedman, Dean Wesley Smith, Elizabeth Wein, Sean Williams, and Dave Wolverton aka David Farland.

Wauseon native Storm Humbert at the podium during the Writers and Illustrators of the Future awards event on Oct. 22.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2021/12/web1_Storm-Humbert-IOF2020-Podium-1.jpgWauseon native Storm Humbert at the podium during the Writers and Illustrators of the Future awards event on Oct. 22. Author Services, Inc.