Not so much a writing competition more of a very long job application
This is a writing competition with a unique prize – The Jim Henson company are searching for an author for a new novel set in the world of The Dark Crystal. And the salary? A $10,000 contract plus hopefully a full time career…(BUT before you consider entering scroll down to the comments section below.)
Entry is free and submissions should be between 7,500 and 10,000 words. It can be anything: the first chapters of the fantasy novel you would love to write, the final chapters, a collection of middle chapters, or a short piece that would form the inspiration for a full 50,000 words novel-length Dark Crystal story.
Everything submitted to the competition will be judged against four criteria.
‘Have you told a story that can…forever be a part of The Dark Crystal canon?’
‘…One important thing to keep in mind…is that the Gelflings aren’t human and don’t act or think like humans.’
Creativity and originality
‘…it is important to tell an exciting and unique tale that expands the existing canon in a way that’s true to not just the physical world and characters of The Dark Crystal but also to its themes and ideas.’
‘…please take your time’
I must admit that The Dark Crystal passed me by and I had to look it up. The animated film came out 31 years ago and tells the story of an elflike ‘Gelfling’ trying to find a lost shard of a powerful crystal. I was intrigued to discover that the great Billie Whitelaw was one of the voices. Made a change from Becket I suppose…
As in all good quests, the process of finding the right champion/writer won’t be quick. Once all the entries have been read and assessed, five writers will be selected for a second interview, sorry, for the second stage of the writing competition. They will receive editorial feedback on their stories and be asked to make revisions. Then they will create a detailed outline for the proposed novel as the final stage of the Author Quest. The new novel is going to be a prequel and it has to be set at the time of the Gelfling Gathering, between the Second Great Conjunction and the creation of the Wall of Destiny, but you probably guessed that.
However, if your knowledge is as sketchy as mine the website will provide all the nuts and bolts information you need HERE but anyone serious in becoming the one true author needs to have fantasy fiction running through their veins.
You can’t send in your entry until October 1st and the closing date for the first stage of the writing competition is December 31st so plenty of time to immerse yourself in all things Gelfling and learn the difference between a reptilian Skeksis and the hunchback Mystics.
The competition is open to residents in the USA, Canada (excluding Quebec – don’t think this is prejudice but something to do with official language) or the United Kingdom.
I would say May the force go with you but I’ve got a feeling that’s the wrong genre…
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