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.


October 2016 - submissions open, close 25th

Ghost Wings was submitted by 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


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th October 2016 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

September 2016 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Pennies' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Exactly the Same' ~ by Ella Kennen -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Salt' ~ by Holly Schwartz-Coignat -click here to view-
Poetry'Times of Change' ~ by Meghan Feldman -click here to view-

September 2016 - Inspirational Image

Ghost Wings by Cath Barton The September 2016 submission period sees an image from Cath Barton

Cath Barton is a singer, writer and photographer who lives in Wales.  You can find an exhibition of her photographs of Wales at: http://www.camelsaloonwales.blogspot.com/

Submissions of September 2016 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


August 2016 - edition now available

Poetry'Silent Angel' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Skull' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Back Pasture' ~ by Sasha Kasoff -click here to view-

August 2016 - Inspirational Image

Ghost Wings by DM  Turner The August 2016 submission period sees an image from DM Turner

DM Turner is from  Bisbee, AZ, USA and loves input, both critical and complimentary, on her work. She is an author and photographer. Find out more at: http://www.everythingingodstime.blogspot.co.uk/

Submissions of August 2016 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


July 2016 - edition now available

Poetry'Angel's Wings' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Watcher' ~ by Valerie Christie -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Joy' ~ by Cynthia A. DiTaranto -click here to view-
Poetry'The Gargoyle in the Foyer' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-

July 2016 - Inspirational Image

Ghost Wings by Ben Grader The July 2016 submission period sees an image from Ben Grader

Ben Grader was born and bred a county yokel from Somerset in the UK.

Submissions of July 2016 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


June 2016 - edition now available

Poetry'Ring or Crown' ~ by Timothy Philippart -click here to view-
Poetry'Four Thorns' ~ by Kacey Richards -click here to view-
Poetry'The Barbs of Hurt' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Dichotomy' ~ by Lawrence Wray -click here to view-

June 2016 - Inspirational Image

Ghost Wings by jclk8888 The June 2016 submission period sees an image from jclk8888

Submitted by jclk8888 from Singapore

Submissions of June 2016 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


May 2016 - edition now available

Poetry'Down On His Luck' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Life in Six' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Poetry'Empty Vessels' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Walking on Mother’s Day ' ~ by Sasha Kasoff -click here to view-

May 2016 - Inspirational Image

Ghost Wings by Paul Beckman The May 2016 submission period sees an image from Paul Beckman

Paul Beckman’s stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, Thrice Fiction and Literary Orphans. His work has been in a number of anthologies and a dozen countries. His latest collection, "Peek", weighed in at 65 stories and 120 pages. His website  www.paulbeckmanstories.com

Submissions of May 2016 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


April 2016 - edition now available

Poetry'Nocturne' ~ by Kaia Goodwin -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Sunset' ~ by R. Turchin -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Moroccan Midsummer' ~ by Mark Blickley -click here to view-
Poetry'Love Taught' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-

April 2016 - Inspirational Image

Ghost Wings by Lynn White The April 2016 submission period sees an image from Lynn White

Lynn White lives in north Wales. She has dabbled with most types of artwork since childhood.

This picture was inspired by the amazing quality of light and stories of the 'hidden people' on a recent visit to Iceland.

Submissions of April 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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