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.


October 2017 - submissions open, close 25th

From The Fog was submitted by 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


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th October 2017 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

September 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'The Purple Boat' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaward' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaworthy' ~ by Ashini J Desai -click here to view-
Poetry'Boats for the future' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-

September 2017 - Inspirational Image

From The Fog by Emily The September 2017 submission period sees an image from Emily

I love finding and appreciating the unique beauty in everything around me, especially in the everyday things that we can so easily overlook. Photography allows me to capture the moment I am in from my perspective and also challenges me to see other perspectives. I love walking in nature; most of my photos are taken from a walking track or somewhere off the beaten path.

Submissions of September 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


September 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'The Purple Boat' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaward' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaworthy' ~ by Ashini J Desai -click here to view-
Poetry'Boats for the future' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-

September 2017 - Inspirational Image

From The Fog by Emily The September 2017 submission period sees an image from Emily

I love finding and appreciating the unique beauty in everything around me, especially in the everyday things that we can so easily overlook. Photography allows me to capture the moment I am in from my perspective and also challenges me to see other perspectives. I love walking in nature; most of my photos are taken from a walking track or somewhere off the beaten path.

Submissions of September 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


September 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'The Purple Boat' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaward' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaworthy' ~ by Ashini J Desai -click here to view-
Poetry'Boats for the future' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-

September 2017 - Inspirational Image

From The Fog by Emily The September 2017 submission period sees an image from Emily

I love finding and appreciating the unique beauty in everything around me, especially in the everyday things that we can so easily overlook. Photography allows me to capture the moment I am in from my perspective and also challenges me to see other perspectives. I love walking in nature; most of my photos are taken from a walking track or somewhere off the beaten path.

Submissions of September 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


August 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'Wait For Me' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Lost Children' ~ by Ann Stolinsky -click here to view-
Poetry'Childhood Lost' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Seeing Kind' ~ by Sandra Arnold -click here to view-

August 2017 - Inspirational Image

From The Fog by Diana Manole The August 2017 submission period sees an image from Diana Manole

Diana Manole is a Romanian-Canadian writer, translator, and scholar. She takes pictures when the world makes her marvel.

Submissions of August 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


July 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'A Blade of Grass Between Two City Stones' ~ by Mark Blickley -click here to view-
Poetry'Green Rain' ~ by Joan McNerney -click here to view-
Poetry'I’ve never written a poem about trees…' ~ by Diana Manole -click here to view-
Poetry'Boticelli on a half shell' ~ by Lawrence Hopperton -click here to view-

July 2017 - Inspirational Image

From The Fog by Ashley Parker Owens The July 2017 submission period sees an image from Ashley Parker Owens Submissions of July 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


June 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'Doctor (Palliative Care)' ~ by Winston Plowes -click here to view-
Poetry'Leave-Taking' ~ by Sanjeev Sethi -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Time in our hands' ~ by Lynda Collins -click here to view-
Poetry'Facing Time' ~ by Sharon Goodier -click here to view-

June 2017 - Inspirational Image

From The Fog by Alegri The June 2017 submission period sees an image from Alegri

Once Upon A Time was submitted by Alegri, a travel and stock photograper.

Submissions of June 2017 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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