Written by Cheryl Henson, Vinne Chiappini, Greg Coles, Nancy Gray, J.M. Lee, Esther Palmer
Published June 2014
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN 978-0-698-18377-3

From October 1 to December 31, 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 The Dark Crystal.

The new novel is said to 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."[1] To help assist the authors in their writing, Henson created an extensive online encyclopedia at that encapsulates everything known about the world of The Dark Crystal.

The competition spanned nearly 500 entries; the top finalists were selected by Cheryl Henson, Lisa Henson, Wendy Froud and editors from Grosset & Dunlap. The winning author was J.M. Lee from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The top five entries, including Lee's winning submission, were released in a special e-book collection in June 2014. The novel version of Lee's story, Shadows of the Dark Crystal, was released in June 2016.

E-book Contents

  • Introduction by Cheryl Henson
  • "The Gelfling Guardian" by Vinne Chiappini
  • "Rebels of the Dark Crystal" by Greg Coles
  • "Chosen" by Nancy Gray
  • "Shadows of the Dark Crystal" by J.M. Lee
  • "Music of the Shards" by Esther Palmer

San Diego Comic-Con Panel

The Dark Crystal Author Quest Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 201326:14

The Dark Crystal Author Quest Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2013


  1. Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal - Author Quest

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