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).


May 2015 - submissions open, close 25th

Once Was Beautiful was submitted by SD Rand

We are pleased to share a multitude of diverse images with you which have been captured over the years


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th May 2015 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

April 2015 - edition now available

Poetry'War and Love' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'eons of war' ~ by Gina Vitolo -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'My Honor Guard' ~ by Catherine Marinelli -click here to view-

April 2015 - Inspirational Image

Once Was Beautiful by Oleander Schatzki The April 2015 submission period sees an image from Oleander Schatzki

Oleander Schatzki is from Ludwigsburg, Germany and uses a Canon EOS 7D and 5D. He enjoys seeing where his photos end up and is trying to build a portfolio.

Submissions of April 2015 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


March 2015 - edition now available

Poetry'Keep Out' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Kisses Me' ~ by Jessica Wiseman Lawrence -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Advertisement Ministry' ~ by Joe Jablonski -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Mother's Day' ~ by Cathy Reilly -click here to view-

March 2015 - Inspirational Image

Once Was Beautiful by Lisa Solonynko The March 2015 submission period sees an image from Lisa Solonynko

I use a Sony Alpha 100 and am experimenting with different styles.

Submissions of March 2015 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


February 2015 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'introspection' ~ by Laura Minning -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Dancing to a Different Drummer' ~ by Kerry Buchanan -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Buried' ~ by Valerie Christie -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The key to my heart' ~ by Lynda Collins -click here to view-

February 2015 - Inspirational Image

Once Was Beautiful by Rutim The February 2015 submission period sees an image from Rutim

Hi :) I'm Ruty. ~~My nickname is Rutim. 
Tutim in Hebrew = Strawberries 
so--
Ruty+ Tutim= Rutim!^

Submissions of February 2015 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


January 2015 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'Taboga Beach' ~ by BAM Writes -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Sea Legs' ~ by Andy Luke -click here to view-
Poetry'presence' ~ by J Lewis -click here to view-
Poetry'Earth Pie' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-

January 2015 - Inspirational Image

Once Was Beautiful by MDG Boston The January 2015 submission period sees an image from MDG Boston

The camera's eye is our visual reminder captured in a moment of time and each picture is unique and telling. Sometimes ... all you have to do is click. 

Submissions of January 2015 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


December 2014 - edition now available

Poetry'Happiness' ~ by Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Near quarter of six on December second' ~ by Wanda Morrow Clevenger -click here to view-
Poetry'She fell' ~ by Essence B. Scott -click here to view-
Poetry'Wings on Glass' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-

December 2014 - Inspirational Image

Once Was Beautiful by Lin  Pernille Kristensen The December 2014 submission period sees an image from Lin Pernille Kristensen

Lin Pernille Kristensen was born in Hong Kong in 1992 to a Danish family. Lin grew up in Denmark and moved to the United States in 1998, where she still lives today.

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


November 2014 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'First on the Scene' ~ by Sandra Crook -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Boy' ~ by Stef White -click here to view-
Poetry'Missed Message' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-

November 2014 - Inspirational Image

Once Was Beautiful by Jel Tovski The November 2014 submission period sees an image from Jel Tovski

Jel Tovski is from Canada and uses Nikon Coolpix 5400; Canon Powershot S95; Nikon D3100 w/ AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm

Submissions of November 2014 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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