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 2019 - submissions open, close 25th

Rage was submitted by Sami Ha Zen

Each frame is a stroke, unimagined

Born on the New Year of 1984 in the UAE to immigrant Indian parents, Sami Ha Zen had a childhood of embracing the Middle East — a melting pot for cultural diversities. Torn between the abstracts of living, she turned into writing at the tender age of eight.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th August 2019 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

July 2019 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'Atlas' ~ by Clodia Metelli -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Sandwich Shrine' ~ by Aubrey Graze Pareja -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Ghost' ~ by Danica Green -click here to view-
Poetry'The Trees Breathe' ~ by A.J. Huffman -click here to view-

July 2019 - Inspirational Image

Rage by Abby  Walks The July 2019 submission period sees an image from Abby Walks

The only photographic virtue I accord myself is an eye for the unusual or eccentric or something likely to disappear.

Submissions of July 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


June 2019 - edition now available

Poetry'Wild Ativan' ~ by Jaedyn Rosenthal -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Lady of our Lake' ~ by Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Sky Under' ~ by Kulpreet Yadav -click here to view-
Poetry'Sunset In A River Town' ~ by John Grey -click here to view-

June 2019 - Inspirational Image

Rage by Gracey  Stinson The June 2019 submission period sees an image from Gracey Stinson

Gracey Stinson is from Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Submissions of June 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


May 2019 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'I Can Sleep' ~ by Nina Roselle -click here to view-
Poetry'A Twisted Path' ~ by Anthony Liccione -click here to view-
Poetry'Depression' ~ by Danny Barbare -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Rain Year' ~ by J. J. Roye -click here to view-

May 2019 - Inspirational Image

Rage by Silvia The May 2019 submission period sees an image from Silvia Submissions of May 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


April 2019 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'The Secret of Life' ~ by Andrew Stone -click here to view-
Poetry'Do Not Walk This Way' ~ by Salena Casha -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'We wait' ~ by Logan Watson -click here to view-
Poetry'In Memory' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-

April 2019 - Inspirational Image

Rage by Aimee Low The April 2019 submission period sees an image from Aimee Low

Aimee just likes taking pictures for fun but is also also a graphic designer.

Submissions of April 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


March 2019 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'No more goodbyes' ~ by Mack Tavish -click here to view-
Poetry'I Am Alone' ~ by Neil Ellman -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Going Away' ~ by Rebecca L. Brown -click here to view-
Poetry'Transformed' ~ by C.K. Ledford -click here to view-

March 2019 - Inspirational Image

Rage by Jan Reud The March 2019 submission period sees an image from Jan Reud

The only photographic virtue I accord myself is an eye for the unusual or eccentric or something likely to disappear.

Submissions of March 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


February 2019 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Best Served Cold' ~ by Antoinette McCormick -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Doorframe ' ~ by Jennifer Michelle -click here to view-
Poetry'Pomegranate Rain' ~ by Samantha Seto -click here to view-
Poetry'The Key to Humanity' ~ by Christopher Knodel -click here to view-

February 2019 - Inspirational Image

Rage by Yordanov Plamen The February 2019 submission period sees an image from Yordanov Plamen

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.

Submissions of February 2019 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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