We are pleased to announce the winner,
J.M. Lee!

We are absolutely thrilled to have received nearly 500 submissions for the Dark Crystal Author Quest. The array of talent and creativity is extraordinary. The quality of what was submitted exceeded our wildest dreams. We want to thank everyone who participated. These stories show that the world of The Dark Crystal is alive in the imaginations of these writers. What each brought to their stories is unique and engaging. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

In January, the editors at Grosset & Dunlap read every submission and chose their favorite 25. My sister Lisa Henson, Wendy Froud and I, together with Rob Valois, Francesco Sedita and Lori Burke of Grosset & Dunlap have now read all 25 of these and together chose the top 5 finalists. Every story is fascinating, rich in detail and character. We each have our favorites.

We would like to congratulate all 25 authors who have made it to this stage.

We are so excited to have found so many excellent writers who are interested in the world of The Dark Crystal. Thank you for participating.

Sincerely,
Cheryl Henson
Founder, DarkCrystal.com

The Five Author Quest Finalists Are:

J.M. Lee *WINNER*
Saint Paul, MN
“The Ring of Dreams” 

Vinnie Chiappini
Washington, DC
“The Gelfling Guardian”

Nancy Gray
West Colombia, SC
“Chosen”

Greg Coles
State College, PA
“Rebels of the Dark Crystal”

Esther Palmer
Castle Rock, CO
“Music of the Shards”

Visit the Finalists Page

Read more about these authors
and see our 20 Editors’ Choice picks

From October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013, The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group accepted writing submissions to find the author for a new novel set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This author search was 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.

Author Quest Finalists

Author Quest Submission Guidelines

The Gelfling Gathering – Author’s Resource

Author Quest Rules & Regulations

Author Quest FAQ