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.


May 2018 - submissions open, close 25th

In the market hall was submitted by Cath Barton

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


To find out more about them please click here.

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

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

In the market hall 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

In the market hall 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.


February 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'Flying Lessons' ~ by Judy Shepps Battle -click here to view-
Poetry'Use Your Wings' ~ by Church Rowe -click here to view-
Poetry'The Fairy Glen' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Wings' ~ by Megan -click here to view-

February 2018 - Inspirational Image

In the market hall by Maggie Maggie The February 2018 submission period sees an image from Maggie Maggie

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

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


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

In the market hall 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

In the market hall 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

In the market hall 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.




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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