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).


September 2015 - submissions open, close 25th

Watching was submitted by Pippa Lunacy
To find out more about them please click here.

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

August 2015 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Death and other litanies' ~ by Debasis Mukhopadhyay -click here to view-
Poetry'Un-mythologize' ~ by Sreemoyee Roy Chowdhury -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Barren Mother' ~ by Suzanne Samuels -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Her Body, His Money, Their Child' ~ by Jacob Richardson -click here to view-

August 2015 - Inspirational Image

Watching  by ivana  kat The August 2015 submission period sees an image from ivana kat Submissions of August 2015 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


July 2015 - edition now available

Poetry'Universal Circus' ~ by Megan McDonald -click here to view-
Poetry'I Can't Sleep' ~ by Jessica Wiseman Lawrence -click here to view-
Poetry'Aftermath' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Journey' ~ by Holly Ferres -click here to view-

July 2015 - Inspirational Image

Watching  by Courtney Kenny Porto The July 2015 submission period sees an image from Courtney Kenny Porto Submissions of July 2015 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


June 2015 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'Ever Ending' ~ by Ahmed A. Khan -click here to view-
Poetry'The Last Pill' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Five Year Plan' ~ by Valerie Christie -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Relapse' ~ by Andy Tu -click here to view-

June 2015 - Inspirational Image

Watching  by Darren  Hester The June 2015 submission period sees an image from Darren Hester

I've worked in the IT industry for the past 15 years while freelancing part time as a photographer and graphic artist. I love all things related to design.

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


May 2015 - edition now available

Poetry'The Forest of Mannequins' ~ by Briana Forney -click here to view-
Poetry'Five Kinds of Music' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Poetry'Once Was Beautiful' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Forgotten' ~ by Sue Ertl Ertl -click here to view-

May 2015 - Inspirational Image

Watching  by SD Rand The May 2015 submission period sees an image from SD Rand

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

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


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

Watching  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

Watching  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.




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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