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Win a Contract to Write a Dark Crystal Novel

Did you love The Dark Crystal movie as a kid? You could win a contract to write the first book in a new YA series based on the late Jim Henson‘s beloved fantasy film. “All professional and aspiring professional writers” are eligible to participate.

The Jim Henson Company and Penguin Young Readers Group’s Grosset & Dunlap imprint have teamed up for the online Dark Crystal Author Quest contest. You can submit your entry between October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013. Check it out:

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.

If you don’t remember the 1982 film (this GalleyCat editor was inspired and scared silly by this movie as a kid), you can watch the trailer at IMDB.

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