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 ARTIST and WRITERS GUIDELINES
  Compiled and Updated by Kate Harper

Want to submit your art or writing to a greeting card company? Check out the links below for company submission guidelines. *Please note: webpage addresses for guidelines can change frequently and it's hard to keep up with them.  If the guidelines link below is no longer valid for a company, please click on their main website link and locate their new guidelines page. Thanks!









Allport Editions Artist Guidelines
http://www.allport.com/Artists_Commitment.aspx
or http://www.allport.com/

Airwaves Inc
http://www.airwavesinc.com/services/licensing/
or http://www.airwavesinc.com
http://www.airwavescustomtees.com

Avanti Press
(Look under contact+submission guidelines)
http://www.avantipress.com/#/contact/
or http://www.avantipress.com/

Amber Lotus
http://www.amberlotus.com/submission-guidelines.html
or http://www.amberlotus.com/

Artists To Watch
https://www.artiststowatch.com/art.html
or http://www.artiststowatch.com/

Abacus
http://www.abacuscards.co.uk/content.php?id_content=3
or http://www.abacuscards.co.uk/
 

Antioch Publishing
 http://www.antioch.com/
(Go to: “About us”, then “Art Work Submissions” .) 


Bayview Press
http://www.bayviewpress.com/submitart.html
or http://www.bayviewpress.com/

Brush Dance
http://www.brushdance.com/-strse-template/artguidelines/Page.bok
or www.brushdance.com

Blue Mountain
(Writers) http://www.sps.com/help/writers_guidelines.html
 or http://www.sps.com 

Comstock Cards
(guidelines: production@cmpmarket.com )
http://comstockcards.com/
http://comstockmarketplace.com/guidelines.php
or http://www.comstockmarketplace.com/

Crown Point Graphics
http://www.crownpointgraphics.com/artists.html
or http://www.crownpointgraphics.com/

Calypso Cards
http://www.calypsocards.com/Submissions.asp?url=SBM
or www.calypsocards.com

Courage Cards
http://couragecards.org/articles_content.jsp?pageName=be-artist

or http://couragecards.org/

Caspari
http://www.casparionline.com/Artist-Submission-Guidelines.html
or http://www.casparionline.com

Cardmakers
http://cardmakers.com/submissions
or http://cardmakers.com/ 

C.R. Gibson 
https://www.crgibson.com/e2wCustomerTemplate.aspx?url=documents/html/FAQ_Artist.htm
or www.crgibson.com/

Design Design
http://designdesign.us/index.php/ddi-contact3-artists#.UhvxtbyE4ls
or http://designdesign.us/

Designer Greetings
http://www.designergreetings.com/
*look under "opportunities" tab

Dayspring Cards

(Writers) http://about.dayspring.com/corporate/contact/editorial.asp
or http://www.dayspring.com

Ephemera
http://www.ephemera-inc.com/writers-guidelines.asp
or http://www.ephemera-inc.com/  

Fotofolio
http://www.fotofolio.com/contact/contact.html
or http://www.fotofolio.com/ 

Freedom Greeting Cards
http://www.freedomgreetings.com/about/workingforfreedom.php

http://www.freedomgreetings.com

Great Arrow Graphics
http://www.greatarrow.com/guidelinesfaq.asp
or http://www.greatarrow.com

Gina B
http://www.ginabdesigns.com/news/Artists.aspx
or http://www.ginabdesigns.com/

Gallison/Mudpuppy
http://www.galison.com/About-GalisonMudpuppy-W7C0.aspx
or http://www.galison.com

Hotchpotch
http://www.hotchpotchpublishing.com/ARTIST-SUBMISSIONS-18.html
or http://www.hotchpotchpublishing.com

It Takes Two
http://www.ittakestwo.com/artist-writer-guidelines/

http://www.ittakestwo.com/ 

JQ Greetings
http://www.jqgreetings.com/artists.php
or http://www.jqgreetings.com 

Koala Publising
Cards, gift wrap, gift bags, photography 
http://www.koalapublishing.com.au/Content_Common/pg-artwork-contact.seo

http://www.koalapublishing.com.au 

Leanin' Tree
http://www.leanintree.com/artsubmission.html
or http://www.leanintree.com/

Legacy Greetings
http://www.legacygreetings.com/static/legacy/designs.asp

http://www.legacygreetings.com


Marian Heath
(PDF file) http://www.marianheath.com/pdf/guidelines_02_2009.pdf 
or http://www.marianheath.com/

Madison Park Greetings
http://madisonparkgroup.com/contact/submit-art/
or http://madisonparkgroup.com/

Minted (Crowdsourced Contests)
http://www.minted.com/design-challenge
or http://www.minted.com/

Nobleworks
(bottom of homepage)
http://www.nobleworkscards.com/

Oatmeal Studios Artist Guidelines
http://www.oatmealstudios.com/Artist%27sGuidelines/AG-Pg.htm
(Writers http://www.oatmealstudios.com/Writer%27sGuides/WG-Pg.htm )
or http://www.oatmealstudios.com/

Palm Press Photography Submission Guidelines
http://www.palmpressinc.com/ppsite/photosubmit.php
or http://www.palmpressinc.com

Pictura, Inc.
http://www.picturausa.com/

Paper Rose
http://www.paperrose.co.uk/artists
or http://www.paperrose.co.uk/

Papyrus (Same as Recycled Paper Greetings)
http://www.prgreetings.com/contact/submissions
or http://www.prgreetings.com/

Recycled Paper Greetings (Same as Papyrus)
http://www.prgreetings.com/contact/submissions
or http://www.prgreetings.com/

Paper House
http://www.greatbritishcards.co.uk/artist/new-talent.aspx
or http://www.greatbritishcards.co.uk

Pumpernickel Press 
http://www.pumpernickelpress.com/about.html
or http://www.pumpernickelpress.com

Peaceble Kingdom Press

http://www.peaceablekingdom.com/Departments/Contact-Us/Art--Verse-Submissions.aspx
or http://www.peaceablekingdom.com/

P.S. Greetings/Fantus

http://www.psg-fpp.com/creative_guidelines.htm
or http://www.psg-fpp.com

Planet Zoo
http://planet-zoo.com/photo-submission/
or http://planet-zoo.com/

Pomegranate

http://pomegranate.com/arsub.html
or http://pomegranate.com

RSVP Sellers
https://www.rsvp.com/faq/
or https://www.rsvp.com

Smart Alex
http://www.smartalexinc.com/pages/artist_submission/124.php

or http://www.smartalexinc.com/

Salt and Pepper
http://www.saltnpaper.co.uk/design

or http://www.saltnpaper.co.uk/

teNeues

http://www.teneues.com/shop-us/contact.html
or http://www.teneues.com

Tate and Company
http://www.fairyglen.com/
(Request to be on their email list.)

Tree Free
http://www.tree-free.com/Tree-Free_Greetings/Contact_Us.html
or http://www.tree-free.com

Up with Paper
http://www.upwithpaper.com/faq/jobs-and-careers/
or http://www.upwithpaper.com/


UK Greetings

http://www.ukgreetings.co.uk/Submissions.html
or http://www.ukgreetings.co.uk

Vigo Productions

http://www.vigocards.com/



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