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 2014 - edition now available

Poetry''Tis the Season' ~ by Dalene TItus -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Cocoon' ~ by Lynda Collins -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Captive Encased ' ~ by Ellie Rose McKee -click here to view-
Poetry'My Masks' ~ by Hannah Bauer -click here to view-

September 2014 - submissions now closed

Masked was submitted by Ann Mitz

Ann Mitz is an accountant, geek wannabe, chronic loner, grammar nerd, traveller, photographer, dreamer, artist, writer, musician.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are now closed.

July 2014 - edition now available

Poetry'My Doll' ~ by Micki McLaughlin -click here to view-
Poetry'I've Got a Secret' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Lost Doll' ~ by Samantha Ryan -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Hush little baby' ~ by Becca Elwood -click here to view-

July 2014 - Inspirational Image

Masked by Cynthia  Gaub The July 2014 submission period sees an image from Cynthia Gaub

Lost is by Cynthia Gaub, a 40-something artist and educator.

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


June 2014 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Tourniquet' ~ by Mandy Foster -click here to view-
Poetry'Detritus' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Style' ~ by Richard Donnelly -click here to view-
Poetry'I Wish I Were A Shoe' ~ by Annia Rosa -click here to view-

June 2014 - Inspirational Image

Masked by Karpati Gabor The June 2014 submission period sees an image from Karpati Gabor

Karpati Gabor is from Hungary, and uses Sony and Minolta equipment.

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


May 2014 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Times Slow Release' ~ by Damien Marquess -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Speak Up' ~ by Catherine Marinelli -click here to view-
Poetry'Air Raid Shelter ' ~ by Beryl McMullen -click here to view-
Poetry'Safe Place' ~ by Elizabeth Crawford -click here to view-

May 2014 - Inspirational Image

Masked by Kee  Shu The May 2014 submission period sees an image from Kee Shu

Kee Shu is from Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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


April 2014 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'The Red Spot' ~ by Helen Grochmal -click here to view-
Poetry'The Last One' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'True Love' ~ by Laura Wilson Tomasko -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Two Drops' ~ by Meghan Feldman -click here to view-

April 2014 - Inspirational Image

Masked by Alvi Mann The April 2014 submission period sees an image from 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.

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


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

Masked 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

Masked 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.




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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