Welcome to 'With Painted Words'

With Painted Words is a monthly, online literary magazine. It was founded in September 2009 and our first issue was released on October 31, 2009. 

The way that With Painted Words works is slightly different from other magazines; every month a new image is chosen as a prompt and, for that month, all submissions must have used it as their inspiration – no matter how slight, vague or metaphorical it is there must be some form of link between the image and the work.

If you want to submit a story, poem or artwork, visit the submissions page for full guidelines. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks to our lovely readers we were voted #14 in the 2009 and #10 in the 2010 Preditors and Editors Poll at Critters (http://www.critters.org).


April 2014 - submissions open, close 25th

Stained was submitted by Alvi Mann

Graphic Designer since 2005, Bachelor in Graphic Design since 2010. Photographer since 2010. I am very open minded about design and photography, searching for images, colors, forms and everything that could be used to represent something in a different and creative way. Create, innovate, impress are just some of the concepts I try to show in my work.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th April 2014 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

March 2014 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'The Daily Grind' ~ by Tim Tobin -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Key to Room 14' ~ by Linda Casper -click here to view-
Poetry'Keys and Keyholes' ~ by CE Smith -click here to view-
Poetry'Keys' ~ by Connie Rae Sebert -click here to view-

March 2014 - Inspirational Image

Stained by Kevin Connors The March 2014 submission period sees an image from Kevin Connors

I like to travel the world and use my mind's eye to capture unique perspectives and scenes. I have a strong art background and appreciate the aesthetics of filling a frame with a unique realization about a specific place. Any of these pictures are for sale upon request. I can provide full resolution copies. I am also interested in selling the exclusive rights to any of these photographs.

Submissions of March 2014 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


February 2014 - edition now available

Poetry'Red Dawn Wannabe' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Drops From Heaven' ~ by Jon Moray -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Gang' ~ by Andrew Patch -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Rule #367' ~ by Jayne Thickett -click here to view-

February 2014 - Inspirational Image

Stained by SJ Franks The February 2014 submission period sees an image from SJ Franks

Red Umbrella is used courtesy of SJ Franks

Submissions of February 2014 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


January 2014 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'What happened Grandpa?' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Wreck' ~ by Andrew Patch -click here to view-
Poetry'A shipwreck built up for years' ~ by Andre Hoggard -click here to view-
Poetry'A Sunken Ship' ~ by Sammy -click here to view-

January 2014 - Inspirational Image

Stained by Luis Rock The January 2014 submission period sees an image from Luis Rock

Left behind is used courtesy of Luis Rock

Submissions of January 2014 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


December 2013 - edition now available

Poetry'Moles Rule' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'A Delightful New Beginning' ~ by Jennifer Tirrell Roberts -click here to view-
Poetry' The Lights of Christmas' ~ by Beth Magee -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Christmas Wish' ~ by Susie Lindau -click here to view-

December 2013 - Inspirational Image

Stained by Alex Grichenko The December 2013 submission period sees an image from Alex Grichenko

Illuminated is submitted by Alex Grichenko courtesy of MorgueFile.com and Digidreagrafix.com

Submissions of December 2013 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


November 2013 - edition now available

Poetry'I Own My Dreams' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Growing Pains' ~ by Sue Ann Connaughton -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'We' ~ by Jon Moray -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Shattered' ~ by Lynda Collins -click here to view-

November 2013 - Inspirational Image

Stained by Flanus The November 2013 submission period sees an image from Flanus

Broken Mirrors is submitted by Flanus.

Submissions of November 2013 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


October 2013 - edition now available

Poetry'Re-entry' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Longest Class' ~ by Laura W. Tomasko -click here to view-
Poetry'Too Cool for Zombie School' ~ by Rusty Fischer -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Infected' ~ by Nathaniel Evans -click here to view-

October 2013 - Inspirational Image

Stained by Chris Howard The October 2013 submission period sees an image from Chris Howard

Chris Howard is a software engineer who writes science fiction and fantasy books and short stories. He’s just finished his sixth novel, the first book in a new contemporary fantasy series.

Seaborn (Juno Books, July 2008) was his first novel.

He’s also an illustrator, working in ink, watercolors, and digital formats, with work in issue 10 of Shimmer Magazine. He writes and illustrates a weekly updated graphic novel, Saltwater Witch.

His web site is www.SaltwaterWitch.com

Submissions of October 2013 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.




About Us

ISSN 2042-3543
Publisher: Four Parts Press
Place of publication: UK

Simply put this is a creative writing site that puts the adage, "a picture paints a thousand words" to the test. The premise is that, each month, an image will be given as a visual prompt and you will have up to one thousand words to tell the story that you are inspired to write ... using your imagination as the canvas and language as your brush.

We are open to submissions of artwork to inspire stories and stories inspired by the artwork - how very Ouroboros of us!





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