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.


November 2020 - submissions open, close 25th

Hope was submitted by Cynthia Yatchman

Cynthia Yatchman is a Seattle based artist and art instructor. With an M.A. in child development and a B. A. in education, she has a strong interest in art education and teaches art to adults, children and families.


To find out more about them please click here.

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

October 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'In the Thrall of the Raven Queen' ~ by George Colkitto -click here to view-
Poetry'The Dentist said' ~ by Bruce McRae -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'How Many Are Left?' ~ by David Clear -click here to view-
Poetry'The Road's Gully' ~ by Susan Waters -click here to view-

October 2020 - Inspirational Image

Hope by Chris Howard The October 2020 submission period sees an image from Chris Howard

Chris Howard is a software engineer who writes science fiction and fantasy books and short stories and the originall collaborator with With Painted Wordsstarting with the first edition in October 2009.

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


September 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'Payout' ~ by Vivian Wagner -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'A million suns' ~ by Chitra Gopalakrishnan -click here to view-
Poetry'Everyday Choices' ~ by Stephen Page -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Shillings and Smiles' ~ by Yash Seyedbagheri -click here to view-

September 2020 - Inspirational Image

Hope by Harold Ackerman The September 2020 submission period sees an image from Harold Ackerman

Harold Ackerman lives in Berwick, Pa., where he writes poetry and gathers little boxes of light.

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


September 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'Payout' ~ by Vivian Wagner -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'A million suns' ~ by Chitra Gopalakrishnan -click here to view-
Poetry'Everyday Choices' ~ by Stephen Page -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Shillings and Smiles' ~ by Yash Seyedbagheri -click here to view-

September 2020 - Inspirational Image

Hope by Olga Alexander The September 2020 submission period sees an image from Olga Alexander

I am a painter and installation artist and jewelry designer fro New York. I use a variety of materials to convey issues regarding perception, identity and gender.

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


August 2020 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'Drunken Lust' ~ by Clive Aaron Gill -click here to view-
Poetry'From Below' ~ by Megan McDonald -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Morning, By The Frozen Crystal' ~ by Stephen Ground -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Solitary Tree' ~ by Jose Recio -click here to view-

August 2020 - Inspirational Image

Hope by Diana Manole The August 2020 submission period sees an image from Diana Manole

Diana Manole is a Romanian-Canadian writer, translator, and scholar.

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


July 2020 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'After the Sun Sets' ~ by Rolando Garcia -click here to view-
Poetry'Sing For Me' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Evening Song' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Amplexus' ~ by Colleen Driscoll -click here to view-

July 2020 - Inspirational Image

Hope by Mark Blickley The July 2020 submission period sees an image from Mark Blickley

Mark Blickley is a widely published author of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. His latest book is the text based artbook, "Dream Streams." 

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


June 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'Distraught' ~ by Mark Blickley -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Joining ' ~ by Laura Craig -click here to view-
Poetry'Reesha' ~ by Junaid Khan -click here to view-
Poetry'The Futile Ecstasy' ~ by Irfan Ahmad Mir -click here to view-

June 2020 - Inspirational Image

Hope by Christy Kirk The June 2020 submission period sees an image from Christy Kirk

Christy Kirk was born in Kansas City, Missouri but grew up in Cornelius, North Carolina. She has always had a love for all of the arts but eventually narrowed her focus to drawing and painting. 

Submissions of June 2020 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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