*UPDATE: We contacted Penguin Group USA to find out a little bit more information about the author payment/prize for this competition. They have advised that the successful author will be paid on a ‘standard work-for-hire contract’ and that they will not receive any royalties in addition to the prize money. More About The Dark Crystal
The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, was released in 1982. It tells the story of a Gelfling, Jen, who is on a quest to restore balance to his world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem. The film’s release was accompanied by a tie-in novelisation by A.C.H. Smith. Henson is said to have taken a keen interest in this novelisation which he considered to be an important part of the film’s world, rather than an advertisement. At the same time The World of The Dark Crystal was released. This book by J. J. Llewellyn and Brian Froud expands on the world of the film, Thra, providing additional story background. as well as detailing the world’s history.