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.


March 2020 - submissions open, close 25th

Cutting In 4 was submitted by Amy Bassin

Amy Bassin is an interdisciplinary artist from NYC whose work encompasses drawing, collage, artist books, altered books, fine art photography, and video.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th March 2020 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

February 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'Hidden Behind the Sapphire Crystals' ~ by Jim Hirtle -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Dead Rosebuds' ~ by Leah Mueller -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'How to Dip Your Face into the Ocean and Leave This World Behind' ~ by James Siegel -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Resting Betty' ~ by Unexpected Amy -click here to view-

February 2020 - Inspirational Image

Cutting In 4 by Kaivan The February 2020 submission period sees an image from Kaivan

I am from Eastern Europe, living in USA. I paint, because I rather show you than tell you. I find painting as therapy. I never know what will come out, so it is surprise for both of us.

Submissions of February 2020 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


January 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'Starfish' ~ by Greg Davidson -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Little Star Fish That Went Into Space' ~ by David Kernot -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Rock pooling' ~ by Lynda Collins -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'What Lies Beneath the Waves' ~ by Sara L. Uckelman -click here to view-

January 2020 - Inspirational Image

Cutting In 4 by Pat Tompkins The January 2020 submission period sees an image from Pat Tompkins

Pat Tompkins is an editor. Her photos have appeared in the Stonecoast Review, New Southern Fugitives, Sunlight Press, and other publications.

Submissions of January 2020 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


December 2019 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Come to the Temple' ~ by Linz Vandermeer -click here to view-
Poetry'Magic' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Christmas Light' ~ by Luisa Kay Reyes -click here to view-

December 2019 - Inspirational Image

Cutting In 4 by Maggie Barra The December 2019 submission period sees an image from Maggie Barra

Maggie Barra is a fantasy artist and Illustrator living in Lake Oswego in the state of Oregon I am inspired by the magical ivy covered woods and misty pacific coastline.

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


November 2019 - edition now available

Poetry'The Hunter of Words' ~ by Linda Imbler -click here to view-
Poetry'The Printed Word' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'I'm Not Your Audience' ~ by John Grey -click here to view-
Poetry'A Test of Vows and Faith' ~ by Holly Day -click here to view-

November 2019 - Inspirational Image

Cutting In 4 by fabrice poussin The November 2019 submission period sees an image from fabrice poussin

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University, Rome, Georgia.

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


October 2019 - edition now available

Poetry'When the dragon rises' ~ by Laura Moverin -click here to view-
Poetry'Night Sky' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'The Climb to Wonderment' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Anointed' ~ by Lena Judith Drake -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'To Keep the World Turning' ~ by Salena Casha -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Sentinel of Life' ~ by Paul Magnan -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Homecoming' ~ by Luladay Price -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'On A Throne Of Seashells' ~ by Hibah Shabkhez -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Dancing Flame' ~ by William J. Joel -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'You Can't Disappoint the Stars ' ~ by Charlotte Platt -click here to view-

October 2019 - Inspirational Image

Cutting In 4 by Chris Howard The October 2019 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.

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


September 2019 - edition now available

Poetry'One green bottle' ~ by Darren J Beaney -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Easel on the Beach' ~ by Jose Recio -click here to view-
Poetry'Fusty Relics and Memories' ~ by Agnes Clake -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Kaleidoscope' ~ by Mark Miscovich -click here to view-

September 2019 - Inspirational Image

Cutting In 4 by Pat Tompkins The September 2019 submission period sees an image from Pat Tompkins

Pat Tompkins is an editor. Her photos have appeared in the Stonecoast Review, New Southern Fugitives, Sunlight Press, and other publications.

Submissions of September 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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