UHBF Virtual Writers of the Future Event - David Farland, Storm Humbert, Leah Ning, and Daniel Bitton

  • Posted on: 26 August 2020
  • By: TanyaMills



Each year, DAVID FARLAND and other SciFi/Fantasy masters judge the world-famous “Writers of the Future” Contest, established by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980s.  Winning stories are then paired with the work of winning illustrators and published in a book. L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol. 36 is out now and we’re pleased to present the editor as he talks with two of the winning authors, STORM HUMBERT (Stolen Sky) and LEAH NING (Yellow and Pink), as well as a winning illustrator, DANIEL BITTON. (Note: this is a promised addition to an earlier event, which David Farland was unable to join due to technical problems.)


STORM HUMBERT is a thirty-year-old writer from a small town called Fayette (literally a one stoplight town) in northwest Ohio near the Michigan border. He did his undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in english literature with minors in creative writing and theater. For two years after he finished his bachelors degree, Storm worked odd jobs ranging from newspaper editing to creating animated digital advertisements (and basically anything in between).  He later earned an MFA from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he had the opportunity to study under Samuel R. Delany, Don Lee, and other great instructors. He has taught a variety of writing classes at Temple University and Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He is currently a professional legal writer and a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine, while he continues his own writing. Additionally, Storm was a Silver Honorable Mention in The Writers of the Future Contest in 2016 and a finalist in the same contest in 2018. In the Third Quarter of the 2019 Writers of the Future Contest, Storm won Third Place with his Stolen Sky. You can learn more about Storm here.

LEAH NING is a software developer trying to break into writing, and she likes to document the experience for those who are also following the writing path. In her blog, she provides thoughts and updates on the progression of what she hopes will become a writing career. She currently lives in northern Virginia with her lovely husband and two cats, a dog, and a pair of sugar gliders. (Yes, they’re exactly as cute as they sound, and you will not regret Googling pictures of them. Please do so. It’s for your health.) When she's not writing or at work, she is drawing, playing video games, and learning to make delicious foods. Yellow and Pink is her first writing sale, but she has also been published in two science fiction anthologies, Cossmass Infinities and Apocalyptic. Follow her on her blog here.


Daniel Bitton is a freelance illustrator from Miami, Florida who loves to depict fantastic characters and tell stories through his illustrations inspired by dreams, myths and history. Through a mix of layered digital and traditional media, Daniel’s work primarily focuses on themes of dark fantasy with historical allegories. Daniel received a B.F.A in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2019 and attended the Illustration Academy in Kansas City in the Summer of 2018. He is currently working on a series of fantasy illustrations to accompany published short stories. When not drawing, he can be found running outside on the trails, or thinking about his next project. He was selected to illustrate the winning story, Molting Season (the illustration can be seen above). You can find more of his work on his website.

Event address: 
Online via Zoom
St. George, UT 84770-4087
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36: Bestselling Anthology of Award-Winning Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619866591
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Published: Galaxy Press (CA) - April 7th, 2020