Kingdom Pen Radio and Beyond!

Regarding Kingdom Pen Radio

Hey all,
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We just wanted to give a brief word concerning the current status of Kingdom Pen Radio. The particular podcasts that have been presented here as Kingdom Pen Radio have undergone a name change to more accurately reflect their unique and independent nature.

The basic reason for this is that one of the defining aspects of Kingdom Pen has been its submission and review system. In order to get published, everyone, including our editor-in-chief, needs to go through the submission, review, and approval process before a piece of work is published. When the podcast was originally started, we failed to formally put a system in place to graft Kingdom Pen Radio podcasts into our existing submission and review system.

When we began to try to incorporate the podcast into that process, we realized that there was a conflict of vision and goals since some wanted Kingdom Pen Radio to be limited to podcasts produced from a single source and excluded from the standard review process. Both parties did try to work out a compromise and explore alternate review systems for the podcast, but we couldn’t find one that was suitable enough to all parties. Because of this, the Kingdom Pen team as a whole agreed that the best option would be to make the podcast independent from Kingdom Pen. This way, the podcast will have the freedom to do whatever it wants, but Kingdom Pen will be able provide a platform for a variety of podcast sources and apply a consistent review process for all content it promotes.

As long as episodes continue to be submitted, we’ll seek to feature them on Kingdom Pen. The only difference is that the podcast will have its own name, and is a separate entity from Kingdom Pen and Kingdom Pen Radio going forward. In addition, Kingdom Pen Radio expects to provide a variety of audio-based content in the future and hopefully some of it will be created by you!

If you would like to submit a podcast episode to us to feature on Kingdom Pen Radio, just follow our publication guidelines and email us your submission at Kingdompenmag@gmail.com!

Signed,

Josiah DeGraaf

Sarah Spradlin

Amy B

Laurel Adams

Rachel Ramm

Reagan Ramm

 

How You Can Help Kingdom Pen

Four and half years ago, Kingdom Pen began as a simple eMag comprised of articles, short stories, and poems. Primitively produced with Microsoft Word, Kingdom Pen was founded, run, and written for Christian teens, by Christian teens. It was free, and it was basic, maintained by volunteers.

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Kingdom Pen has drastically changed since we began, though we are all still volunteers, and our content is still free.  It is also still our goal to encourage a generation of Christian writers and artists to use their God-given talents to impact the world for good and advance God’s kingdom here on Earth. Our culture is starving for truth—the truth of Christ. As Christians, we have the potential, more than anyone else, to supply this truth. Kingdom Pen wants to be here for the long term to equip you—the bringers of truth.

As it stands right now, most of us on staff are not teens anymore.  Now into our early 20s, many of our staff members are in college, and/or work two or three other jobs in addition to Kingdom Pen. Our free time is very limited so we are always looking for help and new talent to become tomorrow’s leaders of Kingdom Pen.  The current Kingdom Pen staff members were once Kingdom Pen readers who responded to opportunities as they arose to lend their talents as writers, editors, graphic designers, content managers, administrators, and so on.

If Kingdom Pen is going to continue to thrive, it will be as a result of some of our current readership stepping up into active participation as members of the Kingdom Pen staff.

If you’d like to get involved, email us at kingdompenmag@gmail.com with the subject line, “I Want To Help!”

If you enjoy Kingdom Pen, and share our vision of encouraging young authors to write for Christ and advance His kingdom here on Earth, then we would love your help in this endeavor! There are many different things you can do to join in and aid Kingdom Pen, and we would greatly appreciate any assistance you can offer.

Here are a few things you can do to help:

 

Pray!

 

Pray for us as we seek first and foremost God’s will above all else. There are a lot of things we would like to do with Kingdom Pen, but they would not be good unless they were part of God’s will.  So join with us in asking God to direct our paths into His purpose for this work.

 

Read, comment on, and share the posts!

 

Being engaged on the Kingdom Pen website goes a long way as well. Not only will you be encouraging your fellow Christian writers, but increased activity and sharing will allow more Christians to find Kingdom Pen, and benefit from what KP has to offer.

 

Subscribe and submit!

 

Yes! We want you to submit! We want to publish you! So subscribe to our newsletter to be eligible, and send us your writing!

 

Spread the word!

 

Tell everyone you know whom you think would be interested in KP. Tell your friends, your homeschool group, and any writers you know. The bigger Kingdom Pen grows, the more resources we will be able to offer you in return!

 

Buy Merch  

 

Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, or just for fun, Kingdom Pen Merchandise make great gifts for your Christian writing friends! Not only do you and your friends get an awesome piece of clothing, but you are also helping to support and spread the word about Kingdom Pen in the process!

 

Donate!

 

We welcome those of you who are led to contribute financially to growing the Kingdom Pen platform.

More funds would mean more contests with bigger cash prizes.  It would also help cover our operating expenses related to our web hosting platform, domain name registration fees, design software, etc ., and enable us to invest in other areas to continue to expand and enhance Kingdom Pen.  As stated above, we are all freely donating our time and effort Kingdom Pen, which we are more than happy to do. We LOVE getting to spend our time working for Kingdom Pen, but we hope to someday be able to retain our valuable human resources by competing with those who would entice our staff with jobs that pay money!

Basically, the more funds we have, the more we can improve Kingdom Pen! We would very much appreciate any amount you can donate to the cause of Kingdom Pen!




We are very grateful for all of the support and encouragement so many of you already give us! We are optimistic about the future, and can’t wait to see what is in store for Kingdom Pen in the coming months and years!

New Video Series on Kingdom Cinema!

A new Kingdom Pen Youtube series?  Can it be true?  Check out the video below to see the announcement, and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel on Youtube to be the first to see the premiere of the new series on September 1st!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfW1H62xN98

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Josiah DeGraaf started reading when he was four, started writing fiction when he was six and hasn’t stopped doing either ever since. After growing up with seven younger siblings, he eventually found himself graduated and attending Patrick Henry College, where he plans on majoring in literature with a minor in pedagogy (it’s a fancy Greek word for education).
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels that have worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as fun as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. Plans for obtaining those impossible goals include listening to a lot of Hans Zimmer, ignoring college work so that he can find time to write, and avoiding coffee at all costs.

KP Merch Has Arrived!

Hey Kingdom Pen! If you haven’t already noticed, we have finally launched our merch shop! Swag yourself with some sweet and beautifully designed Kingdom Pen T-shirts and hoodies!

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What is more, we are having a grand opening Sale! 20% off all T-shirts, and 10% off hoodies from today through this weekend!

 

Upon donning one of these absurdly awesome apparel items, you will find yourself infused with preposterous amounts of writing inspiration and know-how. Stories of a power and magnitude unknown to mankind will flow from your finger tips (or the tip of your pen if you like to roll old school). Your friends will be amazed; your haters, silenced! You will change the world so much that the citizens of some town somewhere will name a street after you, and then subsequently change the name of that very street just days later upon the realization that no one wants to cross you.

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Do you want to look like this?

With this KP gear, you will be able to count to infinity: multiple times. You will discover yourself winning games of Connect Four in only three moves. You will be able to start fires by rubbing two ice cubes together, and you will be able to swim through land.

 

All of this, and more, is possible if you but buy an item from the Kingdom Pen store!

 

Actually, no, not really. You won’t be able to do any of the above listed things, but it sure sounded pretty cool, didn’t it? And you still can be cool if you–okay.”Cool” might be too strong of a word. However, these items are still uber awesome! (In our moderately humble and biased opinions.) 

 

And remember, 10-20% off  everything in the KP shop the 27th through the 30th! Click below to shop!

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Additionally!

 

We will be adding a new T-shirt design(s) to our shop of YOUR choosing! Today is the last day to vote in our T-shirt Quote Contest!

Vote now if you haven’t already!

Kingdom Pen Radio #1 – The Ultimate Canadian Love Story

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Yo guys.  Welcome to Kingdom Pen Radio.

 

In the inaugural episode of Kingdom Pen Radio, Daniel and Ezra map out an ancient Canadian love story, bash Hunger Games, give away a t-shirt, recite a culturally inaccurate Canadian poem, and generally make a mess of whatever professional reputation this show was intended to have.  But hey, this is what writers at work look like.  Abandon expectations, all who enter here . . .

 

Kingdom Pen Radio will release new episodes every Monday from now until they strap Daniel onto a platform and lock him away in a padded room some 20,000 leagues under the sea.  Once that happens, episodes will premier on Tuesdays.

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What type of writing are you most interested in? Writing for Film/Other Media
How did you hear about Kingdom Pen? I work here, crackers.
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We’ve Been Keeping A Secret…

Greetings Kingdom Pen community! I am here to inform you that we, the Kingdom Pen staff, have been keeping a secret from you. A good secret though, which some might call “a surprise”!

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What exactly is the surprise we have for you? Well…you might remember that survey we ran awhile back about launching a radio show/podcast for Kingdom Pen. Your feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and so we have been working diligently to bring it to you, and now it is finally here! (almost)

 

Announcing Kingdom Pen Radio!

 

Thanks to the great work of Daniel Thompson, the host of Kingdom Pen Radio, we will begin releasing a new podcast episode every week through the Fall. Each episode will include a guest, many of whom are young Christian writers like yourselves. Others are professional writers you may have heard of, including but not limited to, Kerry Neitz, Bill Myers, Bryan Davis, and many more! Tons of writing wisdom and fun will be headed your way!

 

And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll definitely want to listen in because we will also be regularly giving away FREE STUFF on the podcast!

 

In conjunction with the launch of KPR, we will also be launching the Kingdom Pen Merch Store! From here, you’ll be able to buy awesome Kingdom Pen and writing related T-shirts and other merchandise to fuel your writing spirit!

 

The first episode will go live on the 17th! We can’t wait for you hear the fantastic shows we have cooked up for you, the first of which, is entitled, “The Ultimate Canadian Love Story.” Ladies and gents, you won’t want to miss this!

 

Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm!

 

Do You Want The Kingdom Pen E-Mag Restored? – A Survey

Hello Kingdom Pen!

 

As many of you know, Kingdom Pen began as a free E-Magazine over four years ago (you can download the last issue we created from the home page). Since then, the Kingdom Pen ministry has grown considerably. However, as we grew, the cost of creating the free E-Mag increased dramatically, so we had to suspend the creation of magazine issues.

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Now, we are considering bringing the magazine back, but only if you want it. The KP Staff would really appreciate it if you would take the time to answer our short 4-question survey to help us know where we should go in the future.

 

The last survey we created, concerning KP Radio, helped us a lot, and we are very thankful for your answers! Your responses were overwhelmingly positive, and we are gradually working toward making podcasts and live radio shows available. Now we are asking for your help again. Do you want the Magazine back? What what you like the Magazine to include? What about other KP Merchandise? Please let us know in the survey, and in the comments if you have anything else you’d like to say or suggest.

 

Thank you so much!

Create your own user feedback survey

 

June Theme of The Month!

Hello writers and readers of Kingdom Pen! A new month has arrived, and with it, a new theme!

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This month’s theme is “Killing Writer’s Block.” I think we’ve all had it before. I personally had it for about a year! Yeah, I’m bad. However, this month we will be focusing on ways to help you defeat Writer’s Block, rather than bemoaning how it so often seems to get the better of us.

 

If you have any experiences concerning Writer’s Block and how you defeated it, send us an article!

 

Happy writing!

 

(Some of you still have submissions for last month’s theme being reviewed, and we will posts those as well upon approval.)

May Theme: Characters and Relationships

Hello Kingdom Pen! It is a new month, which means a new writing theme! May Theme Blank

For this month, we will be focusing on characterization and relationships. To give you some ideas for what articles you could write, here are some questions you might want to try and answer.

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KP Critiques: Launched!

If you have checked out our Roadmap recently, you will see we had the goal of launching “KP Critiques” in May, a feature where we would critique novel excepts you send us and post them on the website. However, we are ahead of schedule, and are launching it today!

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Get your novel excerpt critiqued!

If you have a novel excerpt 800–3,000 words in length that you would like us to critique, email it to us at Kingdompenmag@gmail.com with the subject line, “KP Critiques,” and we’ll get to work on giving you feedback. We’ll then post the critique on our website for the benefit of others who may be struggling with the same mistakes in their writing.

We received this idea from Alyssa, who asked for feedback on the opening paragraph she had submitted to the BYN contest. Therefore, our first critique will be a little shorter than what they will be in the future.

Thank you, Alyssa, for inspiring KP Critiques!

Here is her submission:
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