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.


June 2017 - submissions open, close 25th

One Upon A Time was submitted by Alegri

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


To find out more about them please click here.

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

May 2017 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'Once It Was Our Bridge' ~ by Tim Philippart -click here to view-
Poetry'Beatles and Beethoven' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Poetry'Underneath ' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'Water Under the Bridge' ~ by Carla Schwartz -click here to view-

May 2017 - Inspirational Image

One Upon A Time by Cath Barton The May 2017 submission period sees an image from Cath Barton

Cath Barton is a writer and photographer who lives in South Wales. She keeps a daily photographic journal on Blipfoto: https://www.blipfoto.com/Cathaber

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


April 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'No Worms Today' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'A True Princess' ~ by Laura Beasley -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Raven's Call' ~ by Colleen Driscoll -click here to view-
Poetry'Morning Flight' ~ by Rebecca House -click here to view-

April 2017 - Inspirational Image

One Upon A Time by Jenni  Belotserkovsky The April 2017 submission period sees an image from Jenni Belotserkovsky

Born in Italy to Russian immigrants, Jenni grew up in Germany where she studied graphic design.  There she worked as a graphic designer and a typesetter before setting out to explore the world. She now lives in Vermont, where she teaches art and curates an art kiosk. Jenni has had her art exhibited throughout Central Vermont. You can find her paintings and drawings at www.facebook.com/JenniBeeArt 

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


March 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'Puzzled' ~ by Lynn White White -click here to view-
Poetry'Sadness With The Morn' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Cat, the Crow, and the Conjurer' ~ by Colleen Driscoll -click here to view-
Poetry'A Little Lore' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-

March 2017 - Inspirational Image

One Upon A Time by Maggie Barra The March 2017 submission period sees an image from Maggie Barra

I'm a digital artist and illustrator living in Lake Oswego Oregon My website iMsggie maggiebarra.com

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


February 2017 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'Roses, Dandelions, Teardrops' ~ by Russell Hemmell -click here to view-
Poetry'Tribute' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The tick-tick-tock of the clock' ~ by Cath Barton -click here to view-
Poetry'Essence' ~ by Zev Torres -click here to view-

February 2017 - Inspirational Image

One Upon A Time by Nancy Larsen The February 2017 submission period sees an image from Nancy Larsen

When Nancy Larsen is not hard at work at New Castle Harley Davidson or sampling new varieties of beer, she enjoys taking photographs.

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


January 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'Motes at Play in the Halls of Light' ~ by Devon Balwit -click here to view-
Poetry'Bittersweet Invasion' ~ by Tim Philippart -click here to view-
Poetry'Rainbows' ~ by Alan David Pritchard -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Colours' ~ by Simon Barnes -click here to view-

January 2017 - Inspirational Image

One Upon A Time by David Rayner The January 2017 submission period sees an image from David Rayner

The only photographic virtue I accord myself is an eye for the unusual or eccentric or something likely to disappear. I don't crop or clean up the photos so as to give the end user maximum flexibility. From Oxford, UK

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


December 2016 - edition now available

Poetry'If I Didn’t Have Papa' ~ by Sharayah Hooper -click here to view-
Poetry'A Lonely Road' ~ by Collen Driscoll -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Dimples' ~ by R Gene Turchin -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Ezekiel the Elf' ~ by Jon Moray -click here to view-

December 2016 - Inspirational Image

One Upon A Time by Pef The December 2016 submission period sees an image from Pef

Pef is a photographer from Italy and uses the following equipment: Nikon F100 Digital Camera: Nikon D700 - zoom 80-200 f2.8 - fisheye 14-24 f2.8 - zoom 24-70 f2.8 - 35mm f2 - 135mm f2 Digital Camera D300 - Zoom DX 17-55 f 2.8 - Fisheye DX 10,5 f 2.8

Submissions of December 2016 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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