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.


February 2018 - submissions open, close 25th

Imagine was submitted by Maggie Maggie

Maggie Barra is an artist choosing to explore the digital medium.


To find out more about them please click here.

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

January 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'That Moment in Time' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Pardon Me' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'Patience' ~ by Deb Felio -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Marie' ~ by Jose Recio -click here to view-

January 2018 - Inspirational Image

Imagine by Amy Bassin The January 2018 submission period sees an image from Amy Bassin

Amy Bassin is a fine arts photographer.

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


December 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'The Nature of Snow' ~ by Bill Cushing -click here to view-
Poetry'The Goddess' ~ by Audrey Howitt -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'A Passing Storm' ~ by Victoria Polmatier -click here to view-
Poetry'Recovery' ~ by Chang Wen -click here to view-

December 2017 - Inspirational Image

Imagine by Charmaine Swart The December 2017 submission period sees an image from Charmaine Swart

Charmaine Swart is an artist. I paint and draw, my favorite mediuns are watercolor, charcoal, nanquin, acrylic and others. I like to do collages. I take pics every day. And I write poetry, short stories, political articles and chronicles.

Submissions of December 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


November 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'Transmogrified ' ~ by Emma Woodford -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Right Turn' ~ by R.C. Mulhare -click here to view-
Poetry'bronx zoo' ~ by Laura Minning -click here to view-
Poetry'Wailing' ~ by Linda Imbler -click here to view-

November 2017 - Inspirational Image

Imagine by Lisa Leo The November 2017 submission period sees an image from Lisa Leo

Lisa is a 72-year-old writer who has spent the last 15 years or so reinventing herself as an artist.

Submissions of November 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


October 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'Imagination; Don't Blink' ~ by Ann Christine Tabaka -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Sea Song' ~ by Sandra Arnold -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Family Secrets' ~ by Augie Peterson -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Jealousy Awakens' ~ by Colleen Driscoll -click here to view-

October 2017 - Inspirational Image

Imagine by Chris Howard The October 2017 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 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


September 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'The Purple Boat' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaward' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaworthy' ~ by Ashini J Desai -click here to view-
Poetry'Boats for the future' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-

September 2017 - Inspirational Image

Imagine by Emily The September 2017 submission period sees an image from Emily

I love finding and appreciating the unique beauty in everything around me, especially in the everyday things that we can so easily overlook. Photography allows me to capture the moment I am in from my perspective and also challenges me to see other perspectives. I love walking in nature; most of my photos are taken from a walking track or somewhere off the beaten path.

Submissions of September 2017 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


September 2017 - edition now available

Poetry'The Purple Boat' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaward' ~ by JD DeHart -click here to view-
Poetry'Seaworthy' ~ by Ashini J Desai -click here to view-
Poetry'Boats for the future' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-

September 2017 - Inspirational Image

Imagine by Emily The September 2017 submission period sees an image from Emily

I love finding and appreciating the unique beauty in everything around me, especially in the everyday things that we can so easily overlook. Photography allows me to capture the moment I am in from my perspective and also challenges me to see other perspectives. I love walking in nature; most of my photos are taken from a walking track or somewhere off the beaten path.

Submissions of September 2017 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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