Jars of Clay

By Zelphia Peterson

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

All the lovely broken people

Knit together, now made whole

Shattered fragments shining brightly

Healed and clean, a living soul

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Scattered pieces, roughened edges

Blackened bits and climbing cracks

Seen as perfect, loved as holy

So follow Him; no turning back

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This Year’s Generation

By Jason Zimmerman

We carry our phones in our pockets

while our minds ponder other things.

We meet the world with hunger,

and treat ourselves like royalty.

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The world tells us to ripen

like juicy fruit to pluck,

and we respond by shouting back,

“Good grief! We’re only kids.” [Read more…]

Kingdom Pen is Hiring!

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a superhero? If so, then look no further, because Kingdom Pen is seeking additional writing team interns and a web developer to help with various site functions. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to apply. Don’t be intimidated by the application or those infamous “other people applying”!internshipfbshared

Descriptions of the positions and links to the application forms are listed below. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. That gives you just over a week to complete and submit your application. Skype interviews may be scheduled as needed. All positions are unpaid. You must complete your application to be eligible.

Writing Team Internship: 2-3 Openings

Would you like to work with a tight-knit team of Christian writers to create quality content and meet deadlines, improve your communication skills, expand and refine your writing abilities, and become a more active member of the Kingdom Pen community?

If so, the Writing Team Internship Program could be the perfect fit for you.

Monthly Responsibilities:
• Submit at least one written piece for publication (book review, short story, poem, article, etc.) by the deadline each month.
• Judge both monthly writing competitions: six-word-story contest and picture-prompt contest.
• Engage on social media, with the website, and in the forum (e.g. sharing Facebook posts, commenting on articles, and sharing writing advice).
• Complete one peer submission critique each month for another writing team member.
• Participate in the KP writing team Facebook group.

Minimum Job Requirements:
• Approximately 5-10 hours per month to dedicate to the writing team
• Some proficiency with writing (determined by writing samples enclosed in application)
• Good communication skills

Our Ideal Candidate:
• Flexibility on assignments and willing to lend a hand wherever needed
• Experience writing on a regular basis and/or for deadlines (e.g. newspaper staff, blogger, previously published by Kingdom Pen, etc.) and possessing time management skills in general
• Self-motivated (i.e. can meet deadlines independently)
• Passionate about Kingdom Pen and our mission
• Works well within a team

The writing team internship lasts for six months, from March to September, and has the potential to turn into a permanent position.

To apply for the writing team internship, click here.

Web Developer: 1 Opening

The Kingdom Pen team is looking to expand the ranks to include an official web developer. This individual will lead the charge on certain web-related initiatives, including converting the site to a responsive design, developing new functions on the site to accommodate new content, and more. We do not necessarily need a working professional, but we do need someone committed to excellence and learning new skills as needs arise. Check out the description below to see if you qualify!

Daily Responsibilities:
• Understand and modify current website layout (WordPress)
• Work with the KP staff to create mobile-friendly, responsive designs
• Develop new functions for the site and forum
• Continually update site to help build KP brand

Minimum Job Requirements:
• Basic knowledge of HTML and website design
• Working knowledge of WordPress CMS
• Can communicate ideas effectively
• Visually creative
• Knowledgeable about web development or willing to research potential solutions
• Commitment to spending an average of 5 hours a week on the website

Our Ideal Candidate:
• Proficient in Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Muse, Illustrator, Fireworks, etc.)
• Proficient in HTML, CSS, and Javascript
• Can take rough organizational goals and create working concepts to meet those goals
• Can create visual previews of new web designs and refine those visuals to accommodate feedback

To apply for the web developer position, click here.

A Wish Fulfilled

By Adora Istrate

She wandered through her life

With her nose in a book,

Every event, every game,

For those blessed pages forsook.

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She jumped in every puddle,

Felt for every wardrobe’s back,

Dreamed of her secret identity

And armies come to attack.

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Paradoxical

By Kate Flournoy

In losing lies the finding.

In sacrifice the gain.

Freedom is a binding rope,

And liberty a chain.

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Loving is releasing.

Releasing is relief.

Devotion is a letting go,

And knowledge is belief.

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How Do You Get Published as a Young Writer? Interview and Giveaway with Author Amanda Davis

amandadavisinterviewToday we have the privilege of interviewing Amanda Davis, author of the award-winning Cantral Chronicles. If you haven’t heard of her before, you may have heard of her father, Bryan Davis, author of the best-selling Dragons in our Midst series. I (Josiah) read Amanda’s first two books while in high school and loved their character depth and suspenseful plotting, so I was thrilled to get the chance to talk with her now about her experiences as a writer.

Amanda published her first book when she was only nineteen years old, so today we talk about her road to publication as a teenage writer and the challenges she’s had in editing her books. Keep reading onto the end of the interview to get the chance to enter a giveaway for Precisely Terminated, the first book in her Cantral Chronicles series.

Journey to Publication

KP: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Amanda: I believe I was fifteen when I decided I wanted to be a writer. When I was about twelve, I started touring with my dad, helping with the book tables and listening to him speak. After meeting people from so many places and seeing their reactions to his books, I wanted people to hear my stories as well.

KP: When you were still in your teens, what helped you the most as an aspiring author?

Amanda: My father’s writing lessons probably helped me the most in my writing journey. I took his classes a hundred times over, thanks to traveling with him. I often had to hear a new concept a dozen times before it would stick.

KP: What’s something you wish you knew as a younger writer? [Read more…]

Reminiscence

By Joy Mastron

The clock is ticking backward

To a time I never had,

Replaying every memory,

Songs both sweet and sad.

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Our lives flash not before our eyes,

But carve upon our heart,

So use your minutes carefully,

There can be no second start. [Read more…]

How God Fits into Character Archetypes

By Mark Kamibaya

The character archetype system (roles that characters play in a story) is used by many authors. It was invented by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (basically Sigmund Freud version 2.0 but without all the libido). Carl Jung broadened the field that Sigmund Freud revolutionized. He coined the labels extrovert, introvert, sensing, feeling, thinking, and intuiting (the basis for the Myers-Briggs Personality Types) and gave authors character archetypes.how_god_fits_into_character_archtypes

According to the original list by Carl Jung, there are twelve archetypes: the Innocent, Everyman, Hero, Caregiver, Explorer, Rebel, Creator, Lover, Jester, Sage, Magician, and Ruler, none of which are bound by genre. [Read more…]

Your Eyes

By Kate Flournoy

As You see, Lord, let me see.

Teach my eyes Your sight.

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Teach my heart to comprehend

Your sorrow through the night. [Read more…]

Ecclesiastes

By Christianna Hellwig

Upon a windy slope of sand

I saw a wizened preacher stand,

And all his parched, cracked lips could form,

Amidst that gust from taunting storm,

Three words were those he said to me,

“All is vanity.”

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His words like sighs were borne away

With rays of the departing day,

While all my life, that morbid call

Sank through my fingers to its pall,

When with a wail he said to me,

“All is vanity.” [Read more…]