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.


June 2020 - submissions open, close 25th

Shrouded was submitted by 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. 


To find out more about them please click here.

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

June 2020 - Inspirational Image

Shrouded  by Lynn White The June 2020 submission period sees an image from Lynn White

Lynn White lives in north Wales.

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


June 2020 - Inspirational Image

Shrouded  by Tracey Ranauro The June 2020 submission period sees an image from Tracey Ranauro

Tracey Ranauro is a photographer and graphic artist from the Boston area currently living in Las Vegas. 

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


March 2020 - edition now available

Poetry'One World Infected' ~ by Julene Tripp Weaver -click here to view-
Poetry'Writing a New Song' ~ by Paul R. Davis -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'We Are You All' ~ by David Kernot -click here to view-
Poetry'Human, Being' ~ by Anna Cianciolo -click here to view-

March 2020 - Inspirational Image

Shrouded  by Amy Bassin The March 2020 submission period sees an image from Amy Bassin

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

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


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

Shrouded  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

Shrouded  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

Shrouded  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.




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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