Artist & Writer Submission Guidelines for Card Companies

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  Compiled and Updated August 2013 by Kate Harper

Want to submit your art or writing to a greeting card company? Check out the links below for company submission guidelines.

Allport Editions Artist Guidelines

Airwaves Inc

Avanti Press
(Look under contact+submission guidelines)

Amber Lotus

Artists To Watch


Antioch Publishing
(Go to: “About us”, then “Art Work Submissions” .) 

Bayview Press

Brush Dance

Blue Mountain

Comstock Cards
(guidelines: )

Crown Point Graphics

Calypso Cards

Courage Cards




C.R. Gibson

Design Design

Designer Greetings
*look under "opportunities" tab

Dayspring Cards




Freedom Greeting Cards

Global Graphics Gifts

Great Arrow Graphics

Gina B



It Takes Two 

JQ Greetings

Koala Publising
Cards, gift wrap, gift bags, photography 

Leanin' Tree

Legacy Greetings

Marian Heath
(PDF file) 

Madison Park Greetings

Minted (Crowdsourced Contests)

(bottom of homepage)

Oatmeal Studios Artist Guidelines
(Writers )

Palm Press Photography Submission Guidelines

Pictura, Inc.

Paper Rose

Papyrus (Same as Recycled Paper Greetings)

Recycled Paper Greetings (Same as Papyrus)

Paper House

Pumpernickel Press

Peaceble Kingdom Press

P.S. Greetings/Fantus

Planet Zoo


RSVP Sellers

Smart Alex


Salt and Pepper



Tate and Company
(Request to be on their email list.)

Tree Free

Up with Paper

UK Greetings

Vigo Productions

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 More Resources

 Take a Greeting Card Class
I have collaborated with to create an online course on Getting into the Greeting Card Business.  The content is based on my experience of working in the industry for over 20 years, and from publishing over 1,000 cards. Class is self-paced with student/teacher feedback on your final project in the gallery.
Register here. 

Topics Covered:
  • The fundamentals of professional card design.
  • Transforming art into a greeting card.
  • Writing sentiments.
  • Making designs "market-ready" according to industry standards.
  • Top selling occasions.
  • How to turn one card into a larger "collection".
  • How to make a card out of any image.
  • Handmade cards.
  • Where and how to sell cards (including online).
  • Licensing art on cards.
  • Manufacturing and distributing nationally.

Greeting Card Books
You can support this blog by ordering Kate's e-Booklets that are a compilation of different articles on this blog starting at only .99 cents! They can be read on your kindle, ipad, ipod, cellphone, or your computer. Free samples and lending options available. You can also view the list of all recommended greeting card books by a variety of authors.

Get Your Greeting Cards into Stores: Find and Work with Sales Reps
If you already make your own greeting cards, Get Your Greeting Cards Into Stores is a book that explains how to get them into stores and sell them sell nationwide. Included are guidelines on: how to price your cards for a profit, how to get professional feedback, where to find a sales representative and and what industry standards you should follow. All the information is also applicable to gift items, such as magnets, journals, calendars, collectibles, etc.

Unusual Ways to Market Your Cards and 22 places to get featured.
Booklet on Unusual Ways To Market Greeting Cards, and 22 places to get your designs featured. A 20 page booklet on how to get your cards noticed in non-traditional ways. Everything from why you should send cards to your dentist, to how to get special features in national publications. Great tips for designers who are starting out and want to get their cards into the hands of people beyond friends and family. Special Section: Submissions guidelines and contacts for 22 Gift Industry publications and professional gift industry blogs that seek out new greeting card designs to feature for free. (5,000 Words and 17 greeting card images included)

7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make
Booklet on 7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make A list of 7 things to avoid when submitting greeting card verse to publishers. Includes a list of card publishers and their guidelines, links to writer interviews, articles, card samples and other current resources. 20-page booklet and 2,300 words and 8 Pages of Card Samples.

20 Steps to Art Licensing
Booklet on 20 Steps to Art Licensing that is a list of suggested steps to to take for getting into art licensing. How to license your art to companies that publish greeting cards, and manufacture coffee mugs, magnets, wall hangings, kitchen items, and dozens of other gift items. This booklet covers 20 basic steps from how to prepare your art, to what companies to contact. It includes topics on: How to find agents, classes and what trade shows to attend. There are extensive resources on social media, licensing community groups, and lists of interviews with professional designers (5,200 words).

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StaceyMDesign said...

Thanks, Kate! This will be very helpful.

PageWrite said...

This is a very helpful list. Thank you.

Mary Beth said...

Wow, thanks!

Karyn Servin said...

Wow, you are amazing. Thanks for sharing this valuable information!

FreemanRetouching said...

Thank you so much Kate!

annawritedraw said...

this is an amazing list to have. Thank you!

Lori Schory said...

Kate, you are so helpful. Thank you!

Maria said...

Thank you Kate!

Andrew Plath said...

Thank you Kate:

As a Landscape and Fine Arts photogrpaher, I often find myself being the "starving Artist." These links will help.

Stan Yan said...

If you don't mind I'd like to share your blog with my fellow members at the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators. Would that be okay?

Camie said...

Thanks so much Kate!

Kate Harper said...

You can always make a link back to the content. No Prob.

J Wecker Frisch said...

Hi Kate,

How generous you are, thank you! I was able to send art submissions to all who accept electronic files in lass than half an hour. I am going next to check out the rest of your site. Thank you again.
J. Wecker Frisch

Laura K. Aiken - Mosaics said...

Thank you very much for all this work! So nice of you.

Karen I. Hirsch said...

Thanks for sharing. This information has spurred me on to explore licensing possibilities.

Much appreciated!

Barbara Lemley said...

Thank you for your list. The Card Store was one of the first ones on your list, I submitted my art to. They declined saying they dont want any new art.

Just wanted to give you a heads up on that.
Thank you,

Barbara Lemley said...

Thank you for your list. The Card Store was one of the first ones on your list, I submitted my art to. They declined saying they dont want any new art.

Just wanted to give you a heads up on that.
Thank you,

Phyllis Walker said...

Thanks! (I'm Tweeting and FB-ing this!)

Lukeither Willingham said...

Great list, I in touch with a lot of design interns. I'm certain they'll appreciate this information.


emet said...

thank you very much for compiling this list.

Ted said...


I've been looking for this information for 30 years, but I didn't know that.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is a Godsend. I have been trying to learn about the freelance greeting card writing field, hoping to make it my career. Your website is helpful and very extensive. I sent some verse to Oatmeal Studios; they were very encouraging but turned me down. They did say to send some more and a lady named Dawn put a post it on one of my 3by5 cards saying "Keep Writing". It was the first time I sent anyone greeting card verse and I thought there was one Oatmeal would buy, me being me I am discouraged. I am best at rhyming, mushy stuff and cutesy but not fall down funny. I am stirring up courage to send verse to Gallant. I want to wait to receive Snafu's guidelines hoping they would like my Oatmeal verses. Say a prayer for me. Discouraged Writer.

Anonymous said...

Kate... thank you sooooooooo much for this information! It is helpful and you are so generous in your sharing. Thank you.

Do you have information in regarding WHERE to submit artwork to be turned into stock paper for scrapbooking? You know, like those sheets of paper with designs on them you can purchase at Micheal's?

Cheers to you!

Kate Harper said...

for licensing designs for other items--check Joan Beiriger's Blog on Art licensing

Tony De Saulles said...

Thanks, Kate. Generous of you to share this information.

PCHPatti said...

Kate - You are to be admired for sharing so much information and helping other artists, designers and writers.
--Patti Ryan
Editor, Totally-Creative Magazine

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Awesome list! Thanks a bunch for posting!

Leah said...

Hi, this is a very useful blog and very useful post! I have linked to this on my cartoonist forum here:

As you have a lot of experience in this field, I'd be very pleased if you joined the forum (it's free) and offered the benefit of your wisdom to members. Also you can use the site (free again) to promote your products and services.

Hope to see you there


Kate Harper said...

Thanks for all the great feedback! This is what keeps a blog writer writing!-Kate

Revelle said...

Hi Kate,
I always read your email updates and frequently find resources I've been searching for. Thanks so much for being so sharing and giving. What goes around, comes around! I've always believed that! Keep on whatever it is you do so well and thanks again!
Revelle Taillon

Kate Harper said...

Revelle--you are so right on--so many people have been generous to me, helping me along the way, so the only way to pay them back is to offer the same to others!

Anonymous said...

This information was very helpful. Your a very giving person and I appreciate that. I wish you well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this wonderful information may God bless you for helping others!

Mechelle said...

I stumbled upon your blog and I am so thankful that you compiled this information! Thanks Kate!

Haydn Lock said...

THANKYOU. Such a great source of info.This page means more to me than the latest Writers'and Artists' Journal.

Zafran ali said...

This is an amazing list to have. Thank you so much.
Plastic Card.

Anonymous said...

WOW I am so happy to have stumbled across your link! Thank you so much for your encouraging and informational pages! This is amazing!!

Fountainpenhouse said...

Kate, your blog will feed a lot of hungry artists! Thanks for giving this information free. The books are also resourceful. Thanks for everything.

trade show exhibits said...

Amazing,nice collections of cards.Thank you for this great post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! said...

Thanks for all the reseach and info, you are sharing! ...I have some reading to do...
Mary Carmel

Elaheh Bos said...

I'm an children's book illustrator. Still somewhat new in the business. I've been playing with the idea of extending my art through cards and would just like to thank you for all your work in putting this together.

Marie-Elaine said...

Thank you Kate for this wealth of information, it is very generous of you;-)

Dave said...

Thank you Kate for your generous assistance. Connie and I appreciate the education. You are now, officially, my number one favorite artist on the planet (I mean second only to my beautiful artistic wife). Gracias!

kathy said...

Kate, I appreciate you for helping so many of us to get beauty and creativity out into the world!

Annie said...

Cool Beans! Thanks Kate, I put a link to this on my new blog - FYI Annie

True Pizza said...

Thank you for your generosity! May it come back to you in kind.

Dale said...

Kate thank you I just found you again
Thank you for all the helpful information and links
All the best

artistretreat said...

nice research...many thanks for saving us some TIME

Remrov said...

Wow, thanks a lot for this great list Kate! It's very usefull!

Nicole Pyles said...

Great list!! Although upwithpaper doesn't seem to work! :)

Kate Harper said...

Nicole - I just fixed the upwithpaper link. Thanks for the alert.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, Kate.

You have very interesting pictures on your web site. I wish I can make and design greeting cards by myself.
Do you know how to make recordable post cards by yourself? I know that a person must buy the sound module at a shop. For the sound module, it is impossible to make it because it is complicated to make. For the post card itself or the body of the post card (without the sound module), I think that it is possible to make it on your own. The recordable post cards are very cheap to make. Will it please be possible to show me or send me pictures regarding the making of recordable post cards? All I know is that the body of the post card is made from hard sponge. I will visit your web site again to communicate with you regarding the above mentioned.
Please, let me know.
Thank you.
Jean de Klerk.

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