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 2021 - submissions open, close 25th

The truth is out ...WHAT?! was submitted by Lisa Yount

76 year old writer and artist.


To find out more about them please click here.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of 25th May 2021 at 23:59 GMT - Click here for details.

May 2021 - Inspirational Image

The truth is out ...WHAT?! by Ming Myaskovsky The May 2021 submission period sees an image from Ming Myaskovsky

I'm a self-taught American artist and I have always enjoyed painting since I was a child. I believe in the freedom of colors created with imagination.

Submissions of May 2021 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


March 2021 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Sole Survivor' ~ by Cathryn Marinelli -click here to view-
Poetry'We the Season' ~ by Sky Gathers -click here to view-
Poetry'Promises' ~ by Yoges V R -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'The Birdman' ~ by Jon Moray -click here to view-

March 2021 - Inspirational Image

The truth is out ...WHAT?! by Jel Tovski The March 2021 submission period sees an image from Jel Tovski

Canadian photographer

Submissions of March 2021 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


February 2021 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Dear Mr. Marlboro' ~ by Helen Kreeger -click here to view-
Poetry'Out-Spoken' ~ by Lynn White -click here to view-
Poetry'The Most Deafening Sound' ~ by Linda Imbler -click here to view-
Poetry'My world dies' ~ by George Colkitto -click here to view-

February 2021 - Inspirational Image

The truth is out ...WHAT?! by Christy Kirk The February 2021 submission period sees an image from Christy Kirk

Christy Kirk was born in Kansas City, Missouri but grew up in Cornelius, North Carolina. She has always had a love for all of the arts but eventually narrowed her focus to drawing and painting. 

Submissions of February 2021 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


January 2021 - edition now available

Micro Fiction'It Should Have Been a Perfect Day' ~ by Cath Barton -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Beyond Appearances' ~ by Jose Recio -click here to view-
Poetry'Surprising Delight' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Flash Fiction'Red Flower, Yellow Flower' ~ by Laura Craig -click here to view-

January 2021 - Inspirational Image

The truth is out ...WHAT?! by Fabrice Poussin The January 2021 submission period sees an image from Fabrice Poussin

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University, Rome, Georgia. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and more than two dozen other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River magazine and more than seventy other publications. 

Submissions of January 2021 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


December 2020 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Led by the Light' ~ by Luisa Reyes -click here to view-
Poetry'Guiding Lights' ~ by George Colkitto -click here to view-
Poetry'Mysterious Moon' ~ by Eva Marie Ann Cagley Eva Marie Cagley -click here to view-
Micro Fiction'QUITE A SHOW' ~ by Marcelo Medone -click here to view-

December 2020 - Inspirational Image

The truth is out ...WHAT?! by Colin  Pithers The December 2020 submission period sees an image from Colin Pithers

Colin Pithers is from Maldon, Essex, United Kindgom. He says he's been just a snapper for a while now but just started getting intrested in photography so got himself a Fujifilm s9600 camera, a couple of extra lens and some filters and started taking photos when he gets the chance.

Submissions of December 2020 are now closed, To find out more about the Current open Submission click here.


November 2020 - edition now available

Flash Fiction'Unlocked' ~ by Helen Kreeger -click here to view-
Poetry'Hope With In The Mind' ~ by Agnes Clarke -click here to view-
Poetry'Under the microscope' ~ by George Colkitto -click here to view-
Poetry'Locked in the cloud' ~ by D.M ADERIBIGBE -click here to view-

November 2020 - Inspirational Image

The truth is out ...WHAT?! by Cynthia  Yatchman The November 2020 submission period sees an image from Cynthia Yatchman

Cynthia Yatchman is a Seattle based artist and art instructor. With an M.A. in child development and a B. A. in education, she has a strong interest in art education and teaches art to adults, children and families.

Submissions of November 2020 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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