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).


December 2014 - submissions open, close 23rd

Last Christmas was submitted by 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.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 23rd December 2014 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

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

Last Christmas 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.


October 2014 - edition now available

Poetry'Swamp Man Vignette' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Dead End' ~ by Michael -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Fixers' ~ by Andy Luke -click here to view-
Micro Fiction''Til Death Do Us Part' ~ by Celestine Trinidad -click here to view-

October 2014 - Inspirational Image

Last Christmas by Chris Howard The October 2014 submission period sees an image from 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

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


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 - Inspirational Image

Last Christmas by Ann Mitz The September 2014 submission period sees an image from Ann Mitz

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

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


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

Last Christmas 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

Last Christmas 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

Last Christmas 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.




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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