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.


April 2019 - submissions now closed

The Oldest Safe was submitted by Aimee Low

Aimee just likes taking pictures for fun but is also also a graphic designer.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are now closed.

April 2019 - Inspirational Image

The Oldest Safe by Aimee Low The April 2019 submission period sees an image from Aimee Low

Aimee just likes taking pictures for fun but is also also a graphic designer.

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


March 2019 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'No more goodbyes' ~ by Mack Tavish -click here to view-
Poetry'I Am Alone' ~ by Neil Ellman -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Going Away' ~ by Rebecca L. Brown -click here to view-
Poetry'Transformed' ~ by C.K. Ledford -click here to view-

March 2019 - Inspirational Image

The Oldest Safe by Jan Reud The March 2019 submission period sees an image from Jan Reud

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

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


March 2019 - Inspirational Image

The Oldest Safe by Yordanov Plamen The March 2019 submission period sees an image from Yordanov Plamen

The only photographic virtue I accord myself is an eye for the unusual or eccentric or something likely to disappear. I don't crop or clean up the photos so as to give the end user maximum flexibility.

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


January 2019 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Whispering Promises.' ~ by Kayla Warechowski -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Standing Still' ~ by Jennifer Michelle N. -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'Aiden' ~ by Dan Sackett -click here to view-
Poetry'The Message' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-

January 2019 - Inspirational Image

The Oldest Safe by Lynn White The January 2019 submission period sees an image from Lynn White

I live in north Wales and am only an occaisional photographer, but I was captured by this doorway in Funchal, Madeira.

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


December 2018 - edition now available

Poetry'Beacon' ~ by Kushal Poddar -click here to view-
Poetry'Children of the Wasteland' ~ by Meggie Nelson -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'A Safe Place' ~ by Thomas Vaughn -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'At the Gate' ~ by Jose Recio -click here to view-

December 2018 - Inspirational Image

The Oldest Safe by Joe  Zlomek The December 2018 submission period sees an image from Joe Zlomek

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

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


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 Oldest Safe 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.




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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