God has a plan for you and your message. Did you know that? Someone, maybe right next to you or even across the world, is waiting to hear what you have to share:
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14, NLT)
Maybe you are a new writer or an aspiring author. Maybe you think that your dream of publishing is impossible or that no one would be interested in what you have to share.
What if I told you that you are wrong?
I believe that God is very concerned about your heart’s desire. Not because it’s your heart’s desire, per se, but because if yours is a Kingdom message, then it’s actually His message, which means it’s a message He wants to be shared.
Maybe you’re concerned that you don’t have the right skills or you doubt the quality of your work. Maybe you’re afraid to share your work because you fear being criticized or having your worst fear realized—getting proof that what you produce really isn’t as good as you’d hoped.
Truthfully, even experienced creatives rarely create something of quality on the first (or even the second or third) try. Quality takes time, patience, dedication, and even more patience. Being an artist (or a creative) requires humility because we have to keep striving and working until we get it right. That means falling on our faces and learning from our mistakes. The good news is that God’s not in a rush, and He will lovingly pick us up when we fall and walk with us every step of the way until we and our works are ready.
That’s where the Lost Pen Magazine comes in.
Our passion is working with creatives of all types and in all genres. Our specialty is writing (fiction, poetry, articles, devotionals, testimonies, etc.), but we seek out and welcome visual art and other art forms. After all, it takes a variety of content to produce a great magazine!
The best part is that we welcome new and less experienced creatives. If you read my story, you’ll see that I spent many years learning the ropes of writing, blogging, and publishing, and, believe me, I ate a lot of humble pie! But that’s what makes me sensitive to those who feel insecure about their ability or terrified about sharing their work.
LPM‘s mission is to inspire, encourage, and mobilize Christian Creatives to pursue with passion and confidence their God-given purpose: to glorify Him and to serve the Church and reach the world using our gifts. We are a Kingdom-driven ministry and invite Christian Creatives to see their spiritual gifts as having a global purpose that can, in God’s hands, change and transforms lives.
Don’t you want to be a part of that?
If so, then the Lost Pen Magazine wants you. If you need help to develop your ideas or need feedback, add a note to your submission. Not every piece submitted is guaranteed to be published in the magazine, but the feedback process could be a good learning experience. Also, it is possible that pieces that are good but not at the magazine publishing level may be published on our Spotlight Blog, which is another way to get your message out to a larger audience.
As you’re thinking things over, why not visit our magazine issues and see for yourself what the fuss is about. Then visit our Submissions page for submission details, instructions, and dates. For more information about LPM’s purpose, expectations, and how to best prepare your submission, feel free to visit our “Six Questions” interview, hosted by Jim Harrington, here.
You can also check out our Spotlight Blog. If you would like to submit a piece but aren’t quite ready for the magazine, submit to the blog instead! Just be sure to label it as a “blog submission.”
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