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.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com with “Send Me Guidelines” in the subject line to obtain a copy of their writing guidelines.
After you review them, all materials can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Caspari is currently seeking illustrations for its greeting cards.
Submissions are reviewed individually.
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.
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.
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.
Are you more into witty sayings and slogans than sentimental verses?
This company is looking for your short, witty and even offensive sayings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.