As I get older the children of my friends that I saw grow up are now adults. How did that happen?! These children have grown into amazing adults and are proceeding to take on the world. In the next few weeks I’m going to be handing over the microphone to some of these “kids”. Today, let me introduce Reagan Ramm. He is the oldest son of my friend, Paula. She and I met online through a very active Columbus, Ohio, homeschool Yahoo group. (Remember those?) They now live in Florida but we have managed to stay friends these past twelve years. Paula blogs over at Beautiful Life of Joy Reagan is growing into being an awesome writer and blogger, too. You can find him at The Arsenal. He has a writing contest for teens with a cash reward. How awesome is that? Without further fuss, here is Reagan! — Jackie Ryan Masek
Know any young Christian writers? Kingdom Pen is hosting a contest just for them! Not only that, but they have a chance at winning up to $100! Just click this link to find out more!
What Is Kingdom Pen?
Four years ago, when I was only 17, I met a fellow writer on the One Year Adventure Novel writing forum named Eli King. In an online chatroom, discussing the topic of leadership with him and another writer, I first heard about Kingdom Pen magazine—a small eMag encouraging young authors to write for Christ. I was intrigued, and I insisted Eli tell me more about it.
I read the back issues, and learned more about the vision Eli had for the magazine. In his own words:
“I first had the idea for this newsletter/mini-mag back in February of 2010 while attending a seminar with Mr. Gregg Harris of Oregon. In it he mentioned how his son, Joshua, at the age of 14, was inspired to write a magazine aimed at teens after listening to the founder of WORLD magazine,” Mr. Joel Belz, explain his own ideas.
The magazine Josh ran was called New Attitude, and ran for a few years.
When I heard that, I thought, “What a good idea. Somebody should do that for young Christian writers, too.'”
I Wanted To Be a Part of Kingdom Pen
Inspired, I asked Eli if he would be willing to take me on as an associate editor. He let me join, and our subscriber total jumped from roughly 30 to over 500 in just a few short months. We started out using MS Word to format the magazine issues, but soon upgraded to Adobe InDesign. Now we were truly a professional publication, featuring short stories, poems, and encouraging articles from young writers, for young writers.
Kingdom Pen has been on a rollercoaster-ride of ups and downs from the beginning, and has faced and survived extinction three times. The faces of our staff have changed quite a bit, and the initial founders of Kingdom Pen have all moved on, but Kingdom Pen is still here. The years have gone by, and we have evolved, and faced many difficulties…but Kingdom Pen is still here.
We have even been hacked into—but Kingdom Pen is still here! We currently have over 650 subscribers worldwide, and we want you to join us too!
Depending on how you’re counting, Kingdom Pen is beginning its third or fourth generation, and we are still going. The vast amount of change Kingdom Pen has faced is largely due to the fact that everyone on our staff is a volunteer, willingly sacrificing their own time to help make Kingdom Pen better for young writers.
We want to be around for a long time, and you can help us!
Spread the news about this contest to as many people as you can. The more Christian writers who learn about and contribute to Kingdom Pen, the stronger we grow, the more good we can do, and the more we can help young writers change the world for Christ!
How To Enter The Kingdom Pen Contest
The Begin Your Novel contest marks the beginning of a new era for Kingdom Pen, and we want as many young writers participating in this contest as possible!
Who can write the best novel opening paragraph?
As our poetry editor, Haley Long, notes:
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Why all the extravagant attention to the beginning of a novel? Is the opening paragraph really all that important?
For in that one small paragraph lies the power to either engage or disengage your reader.
Imagine this for a moment:
It’s there in your hand, clasped between your fingers, the smooth spine pressed against your palm. The synopsis on the back cover promised a thrilling and engaging story; you expect it to deliver. Settling into a comfortable position, you prepare to be rooted to your seat until the book is finished. Excitement courses through your being like a steady stream of clear water, eager to begin.
With hurried fingers you crack open the front cover, bypassing the title page, acknowledgments, and possibly even the introduction. You get to the first page and gobble the words up with an insatiable appetite. As your brain comprehends the first line, then the second, disappointment begins to settle over you like a dark fog. Nearing the end of the first paragraph, your excitement is now dwindled to a small mud puddle, coursing nowhere. This is absolute rubbish! You think as you (gently) toss the book aside, disgust stagnating around the diminished mud puddle of excitement that had once been so abundant moments before.
Perhaps your experience hasn’t ever been this dramatic, but you have more than likely been through something akin to this. You probably even made a note of the author’s name to be sure you would never encounter such a disappointment again. The rest of the novel might have been excellent, but you couldn’t force yourself to continue.
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The opening of a novel is paramount. It will likely determine whether your story will be read or whether it won’t. So, Kingdom Pen is launching this contest to help provide some clues on how to write a great opening paragraph.
Oh, and did I mention you can win up to $100?
Join us in our quest to transform the culture through an infusion of Christ-centered writing. Enter the contest today!
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” ― George Orwell, 1984
Kingdom Pen has many different kinds of content all produced by teenagers.
- Articles About Literature
- Author Interviews
- Original Short Stories
- Book Reviews
- Videos and Photography
- Kingdom Pen on Facebook
- Kindgom Pen on Pinterest
Reagan Ramm graduated from Ramm Preparatory Academy in October of 2012, after partially enrolling in both homeschool and the local public schools. He also enjoys making movies with his siblings, and making music with their indie electronic project. Reagan blogs at The Arsenal.