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.

T-Shirt Quote Contest! Win A FREE T-Shirt!

Hello Kingdom Pen! We have another contest for you, although this one does not involve sending in a writing submission.


Win a FREE T-Shirt!


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Kingdom Pen is in the process of developing KP Merchandise (T-shirts, Mugs, Pens, ect.) to be added to the Kingdom Pen Store. However, we need your help! We want you to give us your suggestions for what quote/slogan/phrase we should use on one of our T-shirt designs! Your suggestion can be funny, serious, or a mixture of both, but it must be writing related, and it must be original. What kind of writing T-shirt have you always wanted? Leave your suggestions in the comments!


Kingdom Pen will then select our top 10 or so suggestions, and then let YOU vote on them. The winner of this contest will receive a free T-shirt with their quote on it!



If God didn’t mean for books to be printed, He wouldn’t have invented trees.


We will be taking suggestions up until August 5th, so you have until then to submit your entry in the comments below!


Also, we would appreciate it if you would answer this ONE question survey letting us know what other types of merch you would like us to create. Depending on how many responses we receive, we may add other types of merchandise to go along with T-shirts. Thank you!


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Begin Your Novel Writing Contest Is Open!

Begin Your NovelThe contest is open!


The opening of a story is one of the most important parts of any novel. Readers today are impatient and if your story doesn’t grab them right from the start, they might not stick around for when “it starts to get good.” We need our stories to engage the reader right from the beginning. This contest is meant to not only be fun, but to also provide some clues for how to create a great novel opening which hooks the reader.


Follow the rules below when you submit and you could win up to $100. I can’t wait to read your entry!


“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”
—Roald Dahl


Basic Guidelines

Your submission must be the opening of your novel, and should be between 75 and 200 words in length, and written in English (my favorite language is probably Icelandic…but I can’t read it. Sorry.)  The contest opens today, February 9thand you must make your submission by 11:59:59 on the night of February 23rd, 2015. Entries must also be provided in proper submission format (please refer to the list of details below for information on this formatting).

The rest is up to you!

This contest is open to writers within the age range of 13-19.


Judging Process

Judging will take place in two steps. Two KP staff members will narrow down the pool of submissions to the top 10, which will then be forwarded on to two independent judges who will determine the winner. To eliminate the possibility of bias, the judges will not know the authors of each story.

The judges will scale your story on each of the following categories, with a potential of between 1 and 10 points, with 1 being lowest and 10 being the best quality in that category. These points will then be added together (with a max of 60 possible points each) for each submission to determine the leading three stories from all submissions. These stories will then be submitted to our final judges, who will pick between them for first, second and third place winners. The categories are as follows:


First sentence (does your first sentence draw the reader into the story) -10

Style and structure (how readable and captivating your actual writing is) – 10

Main character (how active and real the main character is) – 10

Setting (does your opening paragraph clue us into where we are, and what genre the story is in?) – 10

Desire (does the main character want something right away? Do we know what it is?) – 10

Do we want to read more? (does your story opening entice your readers to want to read more?) – 10



Kingdom Pen’s editors, Josiah DeGraaf and Reagan Ramm, will scale all of the submissions, and narrow them down to the top 10. These finalists will be ranked, 1-10, by Kingdom Pen’s guest judges.


Braden Russell

avatar4-279x300Braden Russell is an aspiring author and music instructor who writes weird speculative fiction from his wilderness home in Oklahoma. Once a regular columnist for Kingdom Pen, you can now find him blogging about writerly things at his website The Storymonger.

He has been telling stories with words for as long as he can remember. Somewhere along the way, he grabbed a camera and started making stories with that. He have a YouTube channel where he posts comedic videos. You can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/brokenlensprductions


If you want to gain some insight into how Braden will grade your novel opening, click here.


Jacki Crooks

Jacki2 - editJacki grew up on a 40-acre farm in southern WI where she was homeschooled and worked for her dad’s tower company. When she was in high school, her mom discovered The One Year Adventure Novel writing curriculum. Over the next few years, Jacki worked on several novels while maintaining her life on the farm. After graduating, Jacki spent the better part of the next year and a half embroiled in a heated battle with cancer, and the subsequent recovery.

Now 21 and cancer-free, Jacki lives and works in Kansas City, MO and was recently promoted to management at her day job. In the evenings, she maintains several websites for friends and family. In what free time she has, she enjoys going shooting, hanging out with friends once in a while, and has a very solid relationship with her Netflix account.



First place:

The winner of the contest will receive $100 (Payable via check or paypal) and the option of an interview with Kingdom Pen.


Second place:

$50 (payable via check or paypal)


Third place:

$25 (Payable via check or paypal)


Additionally, the top three finishers will all have their submissions published on the Kingdom Pen website, and will receive comments from the judges on their submissions. The remaining 7 finalists will receive honorable mentions.


How to Enter

As we mentioned above, the only requirement to enter the contest is that you be a Kingdom Pen subscriber, and are between 13 and 19 years of age. If you’re not subscribed, we’d love to have you! You can sign up for free right over here.

To submit your story beginning, email it as an attachment to kingdompenmag@gmail.com by February 23rd. If you are unable to attach your story for whatever reason, please contact us at the same address and we’ll work something out so that you can still submit.

In your email, please include your legal first and last names (you may include a pen name if you wish), age, and a brief message about how you found out about Kingdom Pen. If you win, you will also be asked to include a short bio.



Writers retain full rights to their stories. All stories must be the original, previously unpublished works of the submitting author. No story that fails to meet these requirements is eligible.

To claim prizes, the winner must submit their mailing address and/or paypal email. If they are unwilling to do so, they will retain their place in the contest but will forfeit their prize. Only the winners need submit this information.

By submitting to this contest, you give us permission to publish your story opening on our website, should you be a first, second, or third place finisher. Once again, you will retain full rights to your story.

Story openings should be submitted in Submission Formatting, with the exception that we want all words of emphasis in underlines instead of italics. All text should be in Courier New font, double spaced. Paragraphs should be indented at the beginning. Write your legal first and last name in your submission email, but please do not put it in the header or footer of your document. These formatting instructions will be included under the “Strength of style and structure” grade (See above).

A minimum of 10 submissions must be received by February 23rd in order for the contest to be eligible. Only one entry per-subscriber.

After the deadline, the initial judges will be given one week to review the material, and the final judges will be given an additional week to make the final ranking. Following this, the winners will be announced via email and the Kingdom Pen website.

Any content in any story which could be judged as objectionable or offensive (cursing, extreme or inappropriate violence, adult content, ect.) will disqualify a story without further question. If you have doubts about whether or not your story would be disqualified on this point, please email KP’s main address with a detailed description of the content of concern and we’ll let you know.

Have any questions? Easy solution. Email us at kingdompenmag@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Happy noveling! We can’t wait to read your entry!