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.


August 2020 - submissions open, close 25th

Survival was submitted by Diana Manole

Diana Manole is a Romanian-Canadian writer, translator, and scholar.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th August 2020 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

July 2020 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'After the Sun Sets' ~ by Rolando Garcia -click here to view-
Poetry'Sing For Me' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Evening Song' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-

July 2020 - Inspirational Image

Survival by Mark Blickley The July 2020 submission period sees an image from Mark Blickley

Mark Blickley is a widely published author of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. His latest book is the text based artbook, "Dream Streams." 

Submissions of July 2020 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


June 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'Distraught' ~ by Mark Blickley -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Joining ' ~ by Laura Craig -click here to view-
Poetry'Reesha' ~ by Junaid Khan -click here to view-
Poetry'The Futile Ecstasy' ~ by Irfan Ahmad Mir -click here to view-

June 2020 - Inspirational Image

Survival by Christy Kirk The June 2020 submission period sees an image from Christy Kirk

Christy Kirk was born in Kansas City, Missouri but grew up in Cornelius, North Carolina. She has always had a love for all of the arts but eventually narrowed her focus to drawing and painting. 

Submissions of June 2020 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


May 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'With Friends Like These' ~ by Bruce McRae -click here to view-
Poetry'The Gulls' ~ by John Grey -click here to view-
Poetry'Dad's Beauty in Colour and Love' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Love Birds' ~ by Robert Steward -click here to view-

May 2020 - Inspirational Image

Survival by Lynn White The May 2020 submission period sees an image from Lynn White

Lynn White lives in north Wales.

Submissions of May 2020 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


April 2020 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Reflections on Reflection' ~ by John Kiste -click here to view-
Poetry'Insomnia' ~ by Zoe Sparque -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Endings ' ~ by Kashif Ilyas -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Phenomena' ~ by Joseph Anderson -click here to view-

April 2020 - Inspirational Image

Survival by Tracey Ranauro The April 2020 submission period sees an image from Tracey Ranauro

Tracey Ranauro is a photographer and graphic artist from the Boston area currently living in Las Vegas. 

Submissions of April 2020 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


March 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'One World Infected' ~ by Julene Tripp Weaver -click here to view-
Poetry'Writing a New Song' ~ by Paul R. Davis -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'We Are You All' ~ by David Kernot -click here to view-
Poetry'Human, Being' ~ by Anna Cianciolo -click here to view-

March 2020 - Inspirational Image

Survival by Amy Bassin The March 2020 submission period sees an image from Amy Bassin

Amy Bassin is an interdisciplinary artist from NYC whose work encompasses drawing, collage, artist books, altered books, fine art photography, and video.

Submissions of March 2020 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


February 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'Hidden Behind the Sapphire Crystals' ~ by Jim Hirtle -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Dead Rosebuds' ~ by Leah Mueller -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'How to Dip Your Face into the Ocean and Leave This World Behind' ~ by James Siegel -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Resting Betty' ~ by Unexpected Amy -click here to view-

February 2020 - Inspirational Image

Survival by Kaivan The February 2020 submission period sees an image from Kaivan

I am from Eastern Europe, living in USA. I paint, because I rather show you than tell you. I find painting as therapy. I never know what will come out, so it is surprise for both of us.

Submissions of February 2020 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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