Flash fiction contest

With Painted Words 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 … yes, YOU … will have up to one thousand words, and not a letter more, to tell the story that you are inspired to write.

The inaugural contest sees an image from Chris Howard – novelist, short-story writer and artist – taking centre stage as the inspiration/prompt behind the submissions. Chris’ first novel Seaborn (Juno Books) was released in July 2008. His short stories have appeared in a bunch of places, mostly online zines including Fantasy Magazine. In 2007 he won the Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest. He is also the author/artist on his weekly updated graphic novel / web comic Saltwater Witch – you can find out more about him, and his work, at http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/

A single, winning, person is going to be lucky enough to have their piece chosen to receive a print of Chris’ artwork, as a prize.

Submissions are currently open and have a deadline of Sunday 23rd October 2009 at 23:59 GMT

Please visit the site – www.withpaintedwords.com – for more information and to see the very special image in question!