The newly established webpage and Facebook page for the “world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal” has created the contest to rustle up a new series of prequel novels for the franchise. It makes sense… fantasy and science fiction have been going strong for the last decade, and so has resurrecting past commodities. The rules, furthermore, make it clear that it’s a work-for-pay situation. I’ve copied the most interesting section:
4. Each entry will be the sole property of the Sponsors. By competing in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, each entrant (including the prize winner) grants to Sponsors the right to edit, adapt, publish, copy, display, reproduce and otherwise use their entry in connection with this Contest and in any other way, in any and all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, including publication on http://www.darkcrystal.com. Further, each entrant (including the prize winner) grants to Sponsors the right to use each entry and the winner’s name, likeness, and biographical information in advertising, trade and promotional materials, without notice, review or approval, or further compensation or permission, except as set forth herein, and except where prohibited by law. Sponsors are not obligated to use, publish, display or reproduce any entry.
5. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. By competing in this Contest and/or accepting a prize, entrants release Sponsors, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, the agencies of any of them and the authors and/or editors of any books promoted hereby from any and all liability (including legal fees and expenses) of whatever nature or kind arising out of or relating to participation in this Contest or the awarding, acceptance, use or misuse of the prize. You understand that Sponsors may already be exploring, may have already explored, or may in the future explore programs and ideas generated by employees or others that resemble your idea. Therefore, you hereby forever waive, and release Sponsors from, any claim that you may at any time have that Sponsors misappropriated your idea or any portion of your idea in any present or future programs or activities of Sponsors. By entering, you hereby forever waive, and release Sponsors from any claim, including any claim for injunctive relief, that you may have at any time in the future related to your entry and/or Sponsors use of your entry. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES.
They’ve thrown in an entertaining introduction to the world, also, written from the viewpoints of several different races of the muppet-like creatures that populated the 1982 film: it’s titled The Gelfling Gathering.
To enter, fans must submit a 7,500 – 10,000 word manuscript of “the first chapters, final chapters, a collection of middle chapters, or a short piece that would form the inspiration for a novel-length story.” It’ll be judged based on storytelling, characters, creativity and originality, and writing ability. I think I’ll look into submitting an entry. The reward if it’s chosen is 10,000 dollars, and the only thing I stand to lose are a few cool ideas.