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The Dark Crystal: Author Quest Contest was a writing competition sponsored by Penguin Group (USA) LLC and The Jim Henson Company, Inc. that took place in late 2013. The contest was meant to identify a prospective new author of a novel set before the events of The Dark Crystal, with the winner receiving a publishing contract valued at $10,000 with Penguin Group USA for a 50,000 word novel..[1]

The contest was open to residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and possessions, Canada (excluding Quebec) and the United Kingdom, age 18 or older. Contestants had to submit short stories of between 7,500-10,000 typed words and attach them to an online entry form available on Darkcrystal.com. The contest officially began on July 1, 2013, with entries being accepted from October 1 to December 31 of that year. The entries were reviewed on January 7, 2014 by the editorial staff of Grosset & Dunlap and the creative staff of The Jim Henson Company.[1]

On 7 July, 2014, it was announced that the winner was J.M. Lee for his entry The Ring of Dreams.[2] Lee would subsequently write the Dark Crystal young adult novels, with the four other finalists having their entries published in The Dark Crystal Author Quest.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Official Rules for The Dark Crystal Author Quest Contest, (PDF) Penguin Group (USA) LLC and The Jim Henson Company, Inc.
  2. We are pleased to announce the winner, J.M. Lee!, Darkcrystal.com, 7 July 2014
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