Become a Steward of the Pen (and Earn Rewards!)

Stewards_of_the_PenFor many moons, the Kingdom of Pen has occupied a small corner of the land called Internet. We have enjoyed relative prosperity and comfort amidst the forum’s castle grounds and the rolling countryside of social media surrounding our kingdom. But now we stand at the dawn of a new era.

Introducing the Stewards of the Pen! This branch of our kingdom will become stronger than the rest, subduing all those who dare oppose us as we infect every last region of Internet with our brand until we reign supreme!

Did I just write that aloud? Well, uh … awkward.

At this point I would like to turn the podium over to my assistant, Stewie, to explain what the Stewards of the Pen are all about.

Thanks, Master. Guys, I’m gonna shoot straight with you. This whole idea is completely insane, but heaps of fun. Basically, Dark Overlord Michael sends us all over the Internet realm to post and share about Kingdom Pen in exchange for certain KP products and discounts on KP merchandise. “Dark Overlord” is mostly an honorary title.

Sure, the organization is technically villainous, and we’re made serfs of the kingdom and paid with wooden currency, but all that aside, involvement is a lark. Master lets us chat in the forum castle, we get to scheme new ways to spread the word about KP, and we’re granted early access to KP content and news. We even play volleyball on Tuesdays! Plus, there are opportunities for advancement. I recently earned my freedom from indefinite indentureship, and a buddy of mine has become a Dark Underlord or something! 

I admit that being a villain is a little jarring at first, but of all the organizations that have “dark” in the boss’s title, Stewards of the Pen is probably the best. We’re just acknowledging that we’re all sinners in need of a savior. In that sense, everyone is evil anyway. We just happen to be more candid about it.

At any rate, if you’re interested in checking out Stewards of the Pen or touring the volleyball court, you can apply below!

Thank you, Stewie. That was … honest. For those less disposed to propositions from dark overlords and optimistic underlings, here is what’s happening. Kingdom Pen is starting the Stewards of the Pen, a contingent of KeePers committed to growing the Kingdom Pen community. You already got a taste of the lightheartedness we hope to promote in the group, but let me give you a sample of the other benefits (aside from volleyball Tuesdays).

Stewards of the Pen will be rewarded for things they’re likely already doing: sharing KP social media posts, enrolling in KP courses, referring friends to KP courses, etc. As a bonus, the top performing Stewards in each quarter will gain treasures like one-on-one story coaching with Josiah (or yours truly, Dark Overlord Michael, if you wish), free e-books, and more!

If Stewie was unable to entice you to join with his promises of volleyball and promotions, perhaps this dragon hoard of rewards will persuade you to apply now!

You’d better hurry, because enlistments close on May 2nd!

UPDATE: Enrollment to Stewards of the Pen is now closed. Subscribe to our email list to be the first to know when enrollment opens up again!

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Michael Stanton has had what he describes as a scatterbrained adventure of a life that has recently led him to working at Kingdom Pen. When he wasn’t teaching underprivileged children in Uganda and rafting on the White Nile, he was either in Canada’s capital city studying the history of Christianity or in Michigan learning how to make films. Originally from Banner Elk, North Carolina, Michael grew up homeschooled and surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Those mountains inspired Michael’s love of writing (and, let’s face it, the Lord of the Ringsmovies also helped). Many years and adventures later, Michael found himself getting a marketing degree, and low and behold, Kingdom Pen was in need of a Marketing Director. What are the odds that God didn’t see that coming? All divine providence allusions aside, Michael is super excited to get to work in an organization that so closely matches his desires to see more quality content streaming from the minds and hearts of his fellow Christians.

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.

Now Accepting Applications

Well, KeePers, it’s (finally) official: we’re hiring! It’s time to dust off your family sword and shield and get ready for a powerhouse tournament to determine the lucky few who will join the staff. The location is to be decided, but we’re thinking an abandoned castle in rural Italy. With wi-fi, of course. Transportation cost is not included in your application fees, and all participants must be insured…. internshipfbshared

Just kidding. As much as we’d like to, there won’t be any tournaments (this time). Not saying it won’t happen one day, though. On a positive note, applying for a position is free, and all you need is a solid internet connection to do it. Anyone is welcome (and encouraged) to apply. Don’t be intimidated by the application or those infamous “other people applying”!

If you’re interested in one of the positions below, get ready to sell yourself on the application linked at the end of this post. Then, have at it. Answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability. Make sure you review your responses carefully before pressing submit to beat back any grammar mistakes lurking within and ensure you’ve got your answers just the way you want them. All applications are due at 11:59 ESTon Monday, August 22, 2016. That gives you just over two weeks (An extra “grace weekend”is already included to account for any procrastination: accidental and intentional.) to complete your applications and submit them. Skype interviews will be scheduled as needed.You must complete your application in order to be considered for any positions. [Read more…]

Poetry Contest – Announcing the 1st Place Winner!

Here it is! The announcement you’ve all been waiting for…

This poem…just wow. It touched MacKenzie and I both on a deeper level. Which is why we picked it. As I was reading it a sense of wonderment and a worshipful spirit awakened and I felt drawn to my knees. Not only that, but the specific words used and double meanings laced throughout caused us to ponder as we read.

When you can provoke that kind of reaction in a poem, you know you have written a great one! I am most certain that you will have a similar reaction as you read this poem.   poetrycontestwinnerpost

Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly pronounce that Aberdeen Livingstone’s poem, Weight of Glory won first place! 

Weight of Glory

 

cool wind like an old friend, new adventure, purls over me, sifts through my hair

stars spear light aeons old, falling like a kiss, newborn to me

leaves like paint chips dance downward to find a new belonging place

(because this is not the end)

trees, bereft, bare, but blooming with hidden life for yet another spring

(because there is always a new beginning

my little corner of the universe illuminated with so much glory—

shoes off, knees down, bow in awe

(because this burning bush is blinding)

somewhere the sea roars its celestial praises, uncontainable joy in the fury

somewhere the mountains murmur in the twilight of a King far loftier

somewhere the desert stretches, speechless, smeared with glory

but here too—even here—the majesty makes mute

(because sometimes words are not enough

glory like a shroud over all the land, woven into its very fabric, seething with lava at its core

(because Immanuel is God with us

sparkling with every grain of dirt, singing with every cricket chirp

(with us)

and I am unmade, remade by this weight of glory

 

IMG_1950According to her brothers, the sound that characterizes Aberdeen Livingstone is clicking computer keys as she creates poems, novels, and short stories. A logophile and quote collector, Aberdeen loves reading an eclectic array of genres. She also enjoys traveling the world as a military kid, hanging out with her four younger siblings, listening to a variety of music from Handel to Hamilton, and pondering everything. A home-schooled junior, Aberdeen is full of dreams for her future, including plans to study graphic design or technical writing in college and schemes for world domination. Above all, Aberdeen is a redeemed daughter of the King. You can read more of her writing at A Glimpse of Starlight.

 

Poetry Contest – Announcing the 2nd Place Winner!

Who’s ready to find out who the second place winner is???
Sorry for delaying this and dragging out the suspense; I’ll drag it out no longer!!!  poetrycontest2ndplacepinterest

MacKenzie and I were absolutely delighted with this poem. (I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t drag it out any longer, but this is fun! Keep reading!) The poem itself actually looks like a piece of art. The shape of it reminds you of a falling raindrop. As the poem progresses you can almost feel the rain falling. The creativity and style was fabulous! I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it just as much as we did!

Congratulations Katrina V. on your poem, Rain

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Poetry Contest – Announcing 3rd Place!

We are so excited to finally be revealing to all of you the third place winner! MacKenzie and I had a difficult time narrowing it down as there were thirty entries, but we made the choice and here is the poem that snatched our creative writer’s side.poetrycontest3rdplacepinterest

This poem is perfect for writers as we can all relate to the big bad, evil writer’s block! 

We hope you enjoy reading it just as much as we did!

Congratulations Lauryn Trimmer!! 

The Death of Imagination

A Poem Illustrating Writer’s Block

It was a terrible fate,

My imagination was left out at the gate

And, in the mad criticism of late,

Was swiftly murdered by the hate.

This is still a terrified shore

As we roam the streets he’d roam the more,

All of us shall miss him sore,

And forgetting him will be a chore.

This was wickedly preordained

By the critics whose displeasure rained.

His blood they spilled, his tunic they stained.

Poor Imagination will never be regained.

This is a horrid time,

The melancholy church bells chime

For the master of all sorts of mime,

Of writing, acting, and of rhyme.

This is indeed a ghastly scene,

His grave is blanketed in green,

His tombstone the bleakest I have ever seen,

The sadness of its words is keen.

This is a depressing view,

A group of my characters, although few,

Cried rivers of tears as if on cue

For the imagination we all once knew.

Lauryn_TrimmerLauryn Trimmer lives in California with her parents and two brothers. When Lauryn was three, she began writing her own stories, most of them starring Snow White and Larry the cucumber. Now she enjoys writing poetry and working on her two novels. Her favorite genre is fantasy, but she writes contemporary Christian stories too. When she isn’t writing, Lauryn enjoys singing, playing basketball, and archery. In the future, Lauryn hopes to become a published novelist and an actress.

Memorial Day Sale!!

Freedom; who doesn’t love that? Especially the freedom to write and publish. That didn’t come easy. It never has. Freedom is costly and the required price is a life. It always has been. memorialdaysalepinterest

Lives have been lost; and we celebrate and honor those lives by remembering them.

We thought we’d do something special and offer some lovely discounts to you awesome folks!

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EVERYTHING is 10% off!!! AND if you have an order of over $50 we’ll throw in some free shipping! Just swing by the shop, snag your swag, and enter this code: memday16
This swell offer ends May 30th at midnight EST. 

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Decked out in your new swag, go thank a soldier for fighting for your freedom!

Last Day to Enter Poetry Contest!

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this contest of ours.
Like all good things,
The end has now come.

Ten days have flown by like a powered eagle with lightweight wings!

We’re so excited to see all the entries flooding in! Keep ’em coming!

At 12:00 AM on May 1st the contest will be closing. So share with all your friends, if you haven’t already, and place the finishing touches on your poem and send it in quick!

Don’t get tripped up on your rhyming scheme! ;P

Poetry Contest

Who’s ready for another contest?! We are. In fact, we’re pretty jazzed about announcing this one!

Do you write poetry? Then this contest is just for you! As it is National Poetry Month we thought it befitting to host a poetry writing contest.  poetrycontestpinterest

What’ll You Win? 

1st place – a critique and comments from the judges of their poem, as well as this amazing book, A Poet’s Glossary
2nd place – a critique and comments from the judges of their poem, along with a beautiful complete collection of Emily Dickinson’s poems.
3rd place – a critique and comments from the judges of their poem.

Contest Guidelines

The contest will run from April 20-30.

That’s ten days to whip up a poem, trim off an old one, or showcase a brand new one you’ve been waiting to present. Take advantage of those two weekends!

Our contest is limited to those of you who happen to be in that special age category lovingly known as teenagers: 13-19

One poem per contestant. 

This limitation is your best friend. You can focus all of your attention on that one little winner and shock the words right out of us.

Poem length: 15-50 lines.  [Read more…]

Lyric Writing Contest Results!

The lyrics have been written, the contest has been won, and now we are proud to present you with the final results of your efforts!! Tom and Jo recorded all three songs and they are right here for your pleasure! Let us know what you think.

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Also, don’t forget that KP Radio is open for submissions. As always any submission you have should be sent to the Kingdom Pen email: kingdompenmag@gmail.com If you have any questions feel free to ask! We always love hearing from you.