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25 Greeting Card Companies that Pay for Your Submissions

How would you like to write greeting cards and get paid to do so?

Are you a pro at delivering just the right sentiment at the right time in written form?

Do you take photos or create images that your friends often claim as their own? 

If yes, then you may have the necessary skills to make money as a greeting card writer, photographer and/or designer.

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Most freelancers don’t consider greeting card companies as a place where they can find online work. However, the opportunities are definitely available.

Also, because there are many companies out there, you have a good likelihood of finding a fit between your talents and sentimental outlook and the mission of the company.

While you’ll be hard-pressed to find out how much money accepted submissions pay out, know that most greeting card companies offer compensation ranging from $25 to $300 per accepted submission.

How to Work for Hallmark

There isn’t a bigger name in the greeting card industry than Hallmark.

Unfortunately, they do not accept outside or freelance greeting card submissions. They hire in-office at their corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

If you happen to live locally, check Hallmark’s careers page often as creative jobs do pop up from time to time.

25 Greeting Card Companies Currently Accepting Submissions

Without further ado, here are 25 companies looking for your heartfelt verses, photos and artwork:

1. Amber Lotus Publishing

You can submit your artwork to this publishing company from April through July for the best consideration.

As for greeting cards, they are accepted all year round.

Amber Lotus primarily seeks out short and clever greetings and accepts 3-5 submissions at a time.

All materials must be submitted electronically and they will reach out to you if they are interested.

2. American Greetings

This company reviews writer submissions once a month.

Other freelance opportunities are listed on the company’s Job Opportunities website.

Keep in mind that AG does not accept unsolicited submissions; writers and artists must first submit ideas before sending their full work.

3. Avanti Press

This company accepts both written and image content.

You will need to submit copies of your works via mail as they do not accept electronic submissions at this time.

4. Blue Mountain Arts

Blue Mountain Arts may be one of the highest paying companies on this list. It’s no surprise that it’s also the most competitive.

This established greeting card publisher works with freelancers and pays fairly well for poem-form content; accepted pieces are paid $300.

Send a blank email to writings@sps.com with “Send Me Guidelines” in the subject line to obtain a copy of their writing guidelines.

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After you review them, all materials can be sent to editorial@sps.com for consideration.

5. Caspari

Caspari is currently seeking illustrations for its greeting cards.

Submissions are reviewed individually.

6. CardGnome

This site offers a unique compensation model where you upload your artwork and create your own online shop.

If anyone purchases cards from your shop, you earn a royalty.

7. Crown Point Graphics

This site welcomes greeting card art submissions.

While not much detail is provided on the website, you can contact them at their provided contact page for more information.

8. DaySpring

DaySpring primarily deals with Christian and Spirituality themed cards. Make sure you review their offerings before you start submitting your materials.

This publisher compensates accepted submissions at $75/each.

Editorial responses take between 30-45 days.

9. Ephemera

Are you more into witty sayings and slogans than sentimental verses?

This company is looking for your short, witty and even offensive sayings.

10. Fotofolio

You can submit your color and black and white photography here for consideration.

Accepted images are used for greeting cards as well as notecards, posters and T-shirts.

11. Great Arrow

This company currently seeks designers for its greeting cards.

You can download submission guidelines from the website.

12. It Takes Two

While most of this company’s work is completed in-house, it does occasionally accept outside submissions by designers and writers.

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13. Kalan Idea Factory

Got some funny sayings or one-liners?

Then submit those great ideas to Kalan and get paid for your wit.

14. Leanin’ Tree

Leanin’ Tree accepts submissions year round for upcoming holidays.

Their full schedule of deadlines is available on their art submission page.

They fill positions about 3-4 times each month. This company offers in-depth information on submitting artwork for various holidays and other festive occasions.

The preference is for hard copy prints or PDFs.

If you submit material and do not hear back within 8 weeks, it was not a good fit.

15. Noble Works Cards

This online card company offers collaborations with artists.

To learn more, fill out their online form.

16. Oatmeal Studios

This company has a rather approachable submissions website and welcomes content from freelance greeting card writers.

Both written content and artistic illustrations are accepted.

17. Palm Press

Palm Press covers basically every major holiday and life event.

Best of all, submissions are accepted year-round here.

You can expect a reply to your submissions within 2-3 weeks, making Palm Press one of the fastest companies in this list.

18. Planet Zoo

Planet Zoo accepts up to 10 low-resolution images of animals in their natural habitat.

They do not accept submissions of animals in zoos or interacting with human objects eg. a bird on a bench.

They will get back to you if they like your images.

19. Pomegranate

This site accepts artwork and photography and offers some rather detailed instructions on how to submit.

20. PS Greetings

This company accepts submissions by mail only and you must enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with your correspondence.

21. Recycled Paper Greetings

With this company, you can send up to 10 of your illustrations or drawings for consideration.

Keep in mind that the review process may take several months to complete.

22. R.S.V.P. Sellers

Sellers Publishing, which is under the RSVP umbrella, seeks both written content and images for its lines of notecards and greeting cards.

You can send up to 20 images per single submission.

While they accept submissions all year round, your best chance is to submit materials between March and October.

23. Shoebox Cards

Most submissions to this company should be humorous and light-hearted.

Do not send more than eight submissions for consideration.

24. The Greeting Card Shop

Akin to Card Gnome, The Greeting Card Shop offers artists a chance to earn a royalty (12%) on each card sold with their design.

25. Up With Paper

This company is currently soliciting for new freelance talent; you can either reach out to them through email or submit your work portfolio.

The Bottom Line

You’re not going to get rich writing greeting cards, but it can be a fun hobby to earn some extra cash in your spare time.

For those that are particularly talented, you could pursue a a job writing jingles or take your writing talents elsewhere and get paid to write about pretty much anything.

10 thoughts on “25 Greeting Card Companies that Pay for Your Submissions”

  1. Steve,
    Thank you so much for this great article. I have written, poetry, stories, and writings for greeting cards…never did anything with them. I came upon your website by total accident. I was inquiring about freelance writing through card companies and next thing I know I am on this site. The information is great! I believe this is what I am looking for and with the prices increasing on everything from housing to groceries this is perfect for extra income.
    Many thanks!
    Respectfully
    Cheri

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  2. Hi Steve, some of my more card material stock is not on web. But often I think of Trader
    Joes Gourmet Greeting and Kathy Davis.
    Great article!

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  3. Hey Steve,

    The minute I saw the title, I was hooked! I actually make my own greeting cards! I thoroughly enjoy it, but it has become more of a hobby for me.

    I’ll definitely have to save your article and look into this further…funny thing, I was thinking about my greeting cards just a few days ago, and thought of what I can do with them going forward.

    I still can’t believe I came across this post, Steve! This really is amazing!

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  4. Steve, fantastic article. This opened my eyes to the way the world works as well as an excellent way to bring in additional money. When I was younger I used to write great greeting cards for birthdays etc… as I got older, I drifted from it. As you know time becomes more limited the more we mature and grow our families. In fact, that brings me to a question for you. I see on your site you do internet marketing. Do you do copywrite and the similar to this article. Or is this article more of a tip to open your readers eyes to the wonderful opportunities out there?

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    • This piece was created just to show the opportunities that are out there. I haven’t written any greeting card messages myself.

  5. Hi, I didn’t even know that this is what the greeting card companies are doing. It’s great opportunity for the right people with this right talent to jump onboard the bandwagon and exercise their creativity. I would have given this a shot a few years ago but I don’t have the time and energy for this but I’m curious to find out for those who do, how is the experience making money this way.

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  6. Hello, Steve. Your article is as box of treasures because there are people who are creative, funny and have good writing skills. I see here a great opportunity to earn an extra money.
    I wonder if you tried these companies as the way to earn extra income?
    Overall payment can be good but maybe somewhere are companies which could teach how to earn money online?
    Nowadays when people work few jobs at once, the opportunity to earn money online sounds as great escape.
    All the best, happy writing, Nemira.

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    • I haven’t actually tried any of the companies myself, but please do report back if you do submit work to any of them!

  7. Hi there,
    I have never seen so many opportunities for doing greeting card designs. Actually I didn’t realise so many of these sites existed. Its nice to visit websites like this that give real opportunity and I see you have reviews and advice on what to stay away from so thanks for that. Good article, I may just have to check some out!
    Cheers Sharon

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  8. You are right, I never knew greeting card companies pay for writing.

    I may look into a few of these to supplement my blog as it is still relatively knew and not making a ton of money yet.

    I am still pretty new to copy writing as well. Which one of these do you recommend for beginners?

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