Friday, January 3, 2014

The Free January First Five Pages Workshop for MG, YA & NA mss Opens Noon 1/4/14

THE WORKSHOP IS FULL. THANKS, EVERYONE! Please pitch in an read, comment, and participate even if you didn't make it in. We'll be notifying participants of status shortly.

This month's free First Five Pages workshop will open for entries at noon on January 4th. We'll take the first 5 properly formatted entries that meet the requirements in our rules. Entries must be YA, NA, or MG, and submissions should be no more than 1250 words. Read the full rules and guidelines here:

The mentor this month is Geoffrey Girard.

Geoffrey is an award-winning fiction author whose works have appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Prime Codex, Aoife's Kiss, The Willows, Murky Depths, Apex Horror & Science Fiction Digest, and the Stoker-nominatedDark Faith anthology.

Simon and Schuster published two of his novels in 2013: CAIN'S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a spinoff novel for teen/YA readers.

Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey currently lives in Ohio and is the English Department Chair at a famed private boys' high school. Prior to teaching, he worked as an advertising copywriter, web developer and marketing manager. He has a BA in English literature from Washington College and an MA in creative writing from Miami University. He has presented seminars and workshops on creative writing at colleges, elementary schools, bookstores and various writers' conventions/events.

Geoffrey Girard

PROJECT CAIN -- Simon & Schuster BFYR
Fifteen-year-old Jeff Jacobson had never heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer who brutally murdered seventeen people more than twenty years ago.

But Jeff's life changes forever when the man he'd thought was his father hands him a government file telling him he was constructed in a laboratory only seven years ago, part of a top-secret government cloning experiment called 'Project CAIN.' There, he was created entirely from Jeffrey Dahmer's DNA. There are others like Jeff -- those genetically engineered directly from the most notorious murderers of all time: The Son of Sam, The Boston Strangler, Ted Bundy... even other Jeffrey Dahmer clones. Some raised, like Jeff, in caring family environments; others within homes that mimicked the horrific early lives of the men they were created from.

When the most dangerous boys are set free by the geneticist who created them, the summer of killing begins. Worse, these same teens now hold a secret weapon even more dangerous than the terrible evil they carry within. Only Jeff can help track the clones down before it's too late.

But will he catch the 'monsters' before becoming one himself?

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