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.


September 2018 - submissions open, close 25th

Under The Skin was submitted by Victor Arce

Victor Arce is a graphic Designer from Austin, Texas.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th September 2018 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

August 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'Time Moves On' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Snapshot' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Time' ~ by Natalie Raper -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Mountain' ~ by Genie Koepnick -click here to view-

August 2018 - Inspirational Image

Under The Skin by Thomas  Vasas The August 2018 submission period sees an image from Thomas Vasas

Thomas Vasas covers a wide field of photography.

Submissions of August 2018 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


July 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'The Abyss' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'I’ll Climb Alone' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Bridge' ~ by Jose Recio -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Road from Laneston' ~ by Shannon Szabo-Pickering -click here to view-

July 2018 - Inspirational Image

Under The Skin by Tracey Ranauro The July 2018 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 July 2018 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


June 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'Glinda brings a Surprise' ~ by Harmony Hodges -click here to view-
Poetry'Ice Eggs' ~ by Laurinda Lind -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Encapsulated' ~ by Nancy Jorgensen -click here to view-
Poetry'the spider's sacks' ~ by Barry Yeoman -click here to view-

June 2018 - Inspirational Image

Under The Skin by Erean The June 2018 submission period sees an image from Erean

Erean is from Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany and likes to do something unusaul with their photography.

Submissions of June 2018 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


May 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'The Last Lettuce' ~ by Rie Sheridan Rose -click here to view-
Poetry'Our Nature' ~ by Devon Balwit -click here to view-
Poetry'The Value of Shadows' ~ by Linda Imbler -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'A Balanced Musical Diet' ~ by Nancy Jorgensen -click here to view-

May 2018 - Inspirational Image

Under The Skin by Cath Barton The May 2018 submission period sees an image from Cath Barton

Cath Barton is an English writer and photographer who lives in Wales.

Submissions of May 2018 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


April 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'Magma' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'Shadow of a Vision' ~ by Fabrice Poussin -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Flaming Tadpoles' ~ by Matt McGee -click here to view-
Poetry'Fear' ~ by Deb y Felio -click here to view-

April 2018 - Inspirational Image

Under The Skin by M Patterson The April 2018 submission period sees an image from M Patterson

Hello! I am just a new amateur photographer and am looking to share some photos. Most of the time I use my camera outdoors because most of my hobbies revolve around hiking, fishing, and kayaking etc. Of course as I start traveling more I will be uploading more shots as I go. Further, none of my photos are photo shopped. They are "as is". Most of the time I use my camera outdoors because most of my hobbies revolve around hiking, fishing, and kayaking etc. Of course as I start traveling more I will be uploading more shots as I go. Further, none of my photos are photo shopped. They are "as is".

Submissions of April 2018 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


March 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'Supernatural Delight' ~ by Tim Philippart -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Deer' ~ by Jose L Recio -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Lake Como Stopover' ~ by Salvatore Difalco -click here to view-
Poetry'Giants' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-

March 2018 - Inspirational Image

Under The Skin by Dianne Hope The March 2018 submission period sees an image from Dianne Hope

Instructional designer, e-Learning specialist - recently discovered the joy of photography and now a little obsessed!

Submissions of March 2018 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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