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.


November 2019 - submissions open, close 25th

Read to Me was submitted by fabrice poussin

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University, Rome, Georgia.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th November 2019 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

October 2019 - edition now available

Poetry'When the dragon rises' ~ by Laura Moverin -click here to view-
Poetry'Night Sky' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'The Climb to Wonderment' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Anointed' ~ by Lena Judith Drake -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'To Keep the World Turning' ~ by Salena Casha -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Sentinel of Life' ~ by Paul Magnan -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Homecoming' ~ by Luladay Price -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'On A Throne Of Seashells' ~ by Hibah Shabkhez -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Dancing Flame' ~ by William J. Joel -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'You Can't Disappoint the Stars ' ~ by Charlotte Platt -click here to view-

October 2019 - Inspirational Image

Read to Me by Chris Howard The October 2019 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.

Submissions of October 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


September 2019 - edition now available

Poetry'One green bottle' ~ by Darren J Beaney -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Easel on the Beach' ~ by Jose Recio -click here to view-
Poetry'Fusty Relics and Memories' ~ by Agnes Clake -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Kaleidoscope' ~ by Mark Miscovich -click here to view-

September 2019 - Inspirational Image

Read to Me by Pat Tompkins The September 2019 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 September 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


August 2019 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'Time Traveler' ~ by James Steck -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'A Clean Hard Edge' ~ by Mark Blickley -click here to view-
Poetry'The Dying Of The Light' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'Atomic Clock' ~ by Patricia Walsh -click here to view-

August 2019 - Inspirational Image

Read to Me by Sami Ha Zen The August 2019 submission period sees an image from Sami Ha Zen

Each frame is a stroke, unimagined

Born on the New Year of 1984 in the UAE to immigrant Indian parents, Sami Ha Zen had a childhood of embracing the Middle East — a melting pot for cultural diversities. Torn between the abstracts of living, she turned into writing at the tender age of eight.

Submissions of August 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


July 2019 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'Atlas' ~ by Clodia Metelli -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Sandwich Shrine' ~ by Aubrey Graze Pareja -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Ghost' ~ by Danica Green -click here to view-
Poetry'The Trees Breathe' ~ by A.J. Huffman -click here to view-

July 2019 - Inspirational Image

Read to Me by Abby  Walks The July 2019 submission period sees an image from Abby Walks

The only photographic virtue I accord myself is an eye for the unusual or eccentric or something likely to disappear.

Submissions of July 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


June 2019 - edition now available

Poetry'Wild Ativan' ~ by Jaedyn Rosenthal -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Lady of our Lake' ~ by Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'The Sky Under' ~ by Kulpreet Yadav -click here to view-
Poetry'Sunset In A River Town' ~ by John Grey -click here to view-

June 2019 - Inspirational Image

Read to Me by Gracey  Stinson The June 2019 submission period sees an image from Gracey Stinson

Gracey Stinson is from Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Submissions of June 2019 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


May 2019 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'I Can Sleep' ~ by Nina Roselle -click here to view-
Poetry'A Twisted Path' ~ by Anthony Liccione -click here to view-
Poetry'Depression' ~ by Danny Barbare -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Rain Year' ~ by J. J. Roye -click here to view-

May 2019 - Inspirational Image

Read to Me by Silvia The May 2019 submission period sees an image from Silvia Submissions of May 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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