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June 18, 2013

Turn Your Dark Crystal Fan Fic into a Real Novel

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Joe Hennes @ 1:29 pm

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Did you ever consider contributing to the mythology of The Dark Crystal?  Got a few writing chops?  Do you really like entering contests??

The Jim Henson Company is holding a contest for aspiring authors to get the opportunity to write their very own Dark Crystal book.  They’ll be accepting submissions between October 1st, 2013 and January 1st, 2014, and the winner will receive a $10,000 contract.  They’ll also get the opportunity to see The Jim Henson Company’s name on the cover of a book that they wrote, which is actually pretty rad.

The press release, with all the relevant info and whatnot, is below.

Hollywood, CA (June 18, 2013) The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, are reaching out to fans and fantasy writers to enter The Dark Crystal Author Quest, an online contest that will award one winner with a $10,000 contract to write the first book in a new young adult series based on the world of the classic fantasy film.

Beginning today, entrants can visit darkcrystal.com/authorquest to read contest rules and guidelines and review all the background materials, descriptions, and history needed to create a submission. Entries will be accepted beginning October 1, 2013, and must be received no later than January 1, 2014. The site is a preview of the upcoming official Dark Crystal website, darkcrystal.com, that will be the online destination for all things Dark Crystal.

“This is such an exciting time for The Dark Crystal! We know there are talented fantasy writers out there who would love to add to the incredible universe of The Dark Crystal and we welcome them to submit their best work for a chance to become part of our team,” said Cheryl Henson, daughter of Jim Henson and founder of darkcrystal.com.   “With our new website at darkcrystal.com, our loyal fans of all ages can connect with each other online to explore and deeply engage with the rich and endless world of The Dark Crystal,”

“We are excited to partner with The Jim Henson Company on this author quest. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with the multitude of talented fantasy writers and Dark Crystal fans,” said Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Grosset & Dunlap. “I’m looking forward to reading all the submissions. The Dark Crystal was such a big part of my childhood and I’m thrilled to able to contribute to the evolution of this important and enduring world.”

The world of The Dark Crystal began with the classic fantasy film, widely regarded as groundbreaking for its technological achievements in animatronics and puppetry.  Released in 1982, the film, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and based on the designs of artist Brian Froud, is set in the world of Thra where the last two survivors of the Gelfling tribe embark on a dangerous journey with evil and mysterious creatures at every turn.  The new novel series will be a prequel storyline, taking place before the time of the classic fantasy film, during the Gelfling Gathering in the early Age of Division.

Good luck, Dark Crystal fans!

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by Joe Hennes – Joe@ToughPigs.com



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