The world of The Dark Crystal is a world unlike any we have ever known. Under the triple suns, the skies roil with cloud formations not seen in our skies. Seedpods spiral up and rocks scuttle off. It is a world where the wise and noble urSkeks have been split into two imperfect races, Skeksis and urRu; and the Gelfling Clans, the species most like our own, go about their lives not knowing what their future holds. This is a world waiting to be explored and expanded upon with new stories, new quests.
At The Jim Henson Company, we continue to be enthralled with the possibilities of this world and invite you to join us in our obsession. We have set up a portal to share what we know, a new website with all of the information about this place and these creatures: DarkCrystal.com. We invite you to use the resources, character descriptions, locations, and history on this site to join us in imagining the next Dark Crystal story.
Cheryl HensonFounder, DarkCrystal.com
From October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013, The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group will be accepting writing submissions to find the author for a new novel set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This author search is open to all professional and aspiring professional writers.
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 DarkCrystal.com, 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.
Your submission should be an original story set in the era outlined above. The final novel will be upwards of 50,000 words, but please send in 7,500-10,000 words that represent the story you would tell in a full-length Dark Crystal novel. It can either be the first chapters, final chapters, a collection of middle chapters, or a short piece that would form the inspiration for a novel-length story. The Author Quest will be a two-staged journey. In the first stage, each submission we receive will be reviewed by the editorial staff of Grosset & Dunlap and the creative staff of The Jim Henson Company, including Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Grosset & Dunlap, and Cheryl Henson, Founder of DarkCrystal.com. Our review will be based on the following criteria:
After the initial review process is complete, five writers will be selected to proceed to the second stage of the Author Quest. At this point, each of the five writers will receive editorial feedback on their stories and be asked to make revisions. They will also be tasked with creating a detailed outline for their proposed novel. These top-five stories will be posted on DarkCrystal.com.
The final review will apply the same criteria as the first stage to both the revision and the outline. Grosset & Dunlap and The Jim Henson Company will then select the one writer who best exemplifies the creative talent, imagination, and writing ability that we’ve searched for to author this Dark Crystal novel.
We look forward to reading your story.
Rob ValoisSenior Editor, Grosset & Dunlap