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 2017 - submissions open, close 25th

The Three was submitted by Maggie Barra

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


To find out more about them please click here.

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

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

The Three 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

The Three 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

The Three 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.


November 2016 - edition now available

Poetry'Breaking The Ice' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'The Fabric of Ice' ~ by A.J. Huffman -click here to view-
Poetry'Rejected and Hurt' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'We Are Life' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-

November 2016 - Inspirational Image

The Three by Fabrice Poussin The November 2016 submission period sees an image from Fabrice Poussin

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University, Rome, Georgia. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and more than two dozen other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River magazine and more than seventy other publications.

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


October 2016 - edition now available

Poetry'Missed Flight' ~ by Kacey Richards -click here to view-
Poetry'Pursued' ~ by Joan McNerney -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Support Your Local Angel' ~ by Timothy Philippart -click here to view-
Poetry'I Am Flightless Wings' ~ by A.J. Huffman -click here to view-

October 2016 - Inspirational Image

The Three by Chris Howard The October 2016 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.

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

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


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

The Three 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.




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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