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.


December 2018 - submissions open, close 23rd

The Beacon was submitted by Joe Zlomek

Joe Zlomek is an award-winning writer and photographer in Pennsylvania.


To find out more about them please click here.

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

November 2018 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Eddie' ~ by Niles Reddick -click here to view-
Poetry'Stone' ~ by Arlene Antoinette -click here to view-
Poetry'Mumma Tried' ~ by Andrea Staum -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Lady Justice' ~ by Catherine Marinelli -click here to view-

November 2018 - Inspirational Image

The Beacon by Howard Skrill The November 2018 submission period sees an image from Howard Skrill

Howard Skrill is an artist/educator in Brooklyn, NY, where he teaches art, lectures, practices and lives with hiswife and one of his two adult sons. The Anna Pierrepont Series consists of plein air drawings and paintings of figurative public monuments.

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


October 2018 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Under Her Wing' ~ by Ethan Hedman -click here to view-
Poetry'The Fun Of Flying' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Toy Airplane' ~ by JD DeHart DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'I was Always Afraid Of Rabbits' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-

October 2018 - Inspirational Image

The Beacon by Chris Howard The October 2018 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.

He's been supplying the art for the October / Halloween edition of With Printed Words since we began in 2009!

His web site is www.SaltwaterWitch.com

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


September 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'The Hoops of the Road' ~ by KJ Greenberg -click here to view-
Poetry'The Same' ~ by Arlene Antoinette -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Broken Hearts' ~ by Lisa Verdekal -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Faces' ~ by Erin Oweczkin -click here to view-

September 2018 - Inspirational Image

The Beacon by Victor Arce The September 2018 submission period sees an image from Victor Arce

Victor Arce is a graphic Designer from Austin, Texas.

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


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

The Beacon 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

The Beacon 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

The Beacon 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.




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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