You Could be Writing the Next Dark Crystal Novel

Win a Contract to Write a Dark Crystal Novel

Are you a fan of Jim Henson’s 1982 movie The Dark Crystal? Well, now’s your chance to win a contract to write a prequel novel. Announced yesterday by The Jim Henson Group and Grosset & Dunlap (an imprint of Penguin’s Young Readers Group), the online Dark Crystal Author Quest will award the winner with a $10,000 contract to write the first book in a new series based on the film.

This new Dark Crystal novel will be a prequel story set at the time of the Gelfling Gathering, between the Second Great Conjunction and the creation of the Wall of Destiny. We will be placing all known lore from this era on, the definitive home of The Dark Crystal. There you will find all the knowledge available for you to shape and build your story—and all we ask is that you share your stories with us.

I suspect fans of the film are going to flock to this one. From Cheryl Henson, daughter of Jim Henson and founder of

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.

The finished product is going to be around 50,000 words — and you only have to supply 7,500 to 10,000 to enter, so don’t panic. Submissions run from October 1st until December 31st, so you’ve got plenty of time. Now, I’m off to watch the movie again…

You can find all details of the competition here.

Dean Fetzer

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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dufrescm from Wisconsin is reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep June 19, 2013 - 10:17am

OMG, yes!