Saturday, January 20, 2018


Viabella wants greeting card ideas "... for all holidays and occasions including humor."  For everyday occasions or general humorous cards, they accept submissions year-round.  For seasonal or holiday cards, they have specific reading periods.  Currently they are reading for Christmas card submissions (through February).

Writers can submit card ideas by mail or email.  No payment is specified, and it may take a while to receive a response.  Humor/everyday submissions should be sent separately from seasonal ones.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Calypso Cards

Calypso Cards does not offer a lot of details for potential submitters, but they are open to submissions (copy or art).  No payment terms are specified, and their guidelines page says they'll only contact you if they decide to use your idea.  Submissions and inquiries should be made via email.

Calypso currently wants greeting card ideas for their Selfish Kitty line: "... a humor line which is edgy but not cruel or degrading."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Senate candidate sponsors slogan contest, then drops out

Dan McQueen, a former Texas mayor turned Senate candidate, was (and possibly still is) hosting a slogan contest in an attempt to raise money for "Texas Breaks Addiction."  At stake in the contest: McQueen's 1980 Corvette.

The prize may sound impressive, but there are many red flags with this contest:

  • There is a $100 entry fee.
  • McQueen recently sponsored an essay contest and put a 12,000-square-foot property up as the prize.  It's not clear whether or not that contest has been canceled.
  • No description of the car is given, other than the year and model.  McQueen even uses a stand-in picture for the car online.
  • All rights to any slogans entered in this contest are given up by the slogan writer.
  • McQueen resigned as mayor after less than 40 days in office, and has now dropped out of the Senate race.  His website,, appears to be down (although interestingly, the slogan contest flyer is still live).

All signs point to this contest being scrubbed, but on the off chance that it's still going, it seems to be one to avoid.  The postmark deadline is listed as January 31st, 2018, and it will be interesting to see if the contest is officially canceled before then.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Oatmeal Studios: current needs

Oatmeal Studios, purveyor of funny greeting cards, has a lot of good information for writers on their guidelines page.  In addition to the specifics provided there, here are some of the company's current needs:

- 65th birthday
- 90th birthday
- 100th birthday
- Belated birthday
- Relative birthday (a general relative; not a specific relation)
- Birthday cards that don't mention aging
- Birthday cards specifically about getting older
- Retirement
- Anniversary
- Get well
- Thank you

The company is also seeking single-panel humor, where the copy/cartoon/photo/etc. only appears on the outside, rather than broken up across the outside and inside of the card.  Single-panel humor is not category-specific.

Oatmeal Studios is currently for their fall review.  If you submit your ideas by September 26th, you should hear back by November.  Current payment for card ideas is $100.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Snafu Cards

If you've never heard of Snafu Cards, they sell humorous greeting cards with a personal touch.  You can see the sort of card ideas they're looking for at  Send up to 12 ideas at a time, by either mail or email.  They'll only respond if they want to buy something, but their guidelines state that if you don't hear anything within two months, you should consider your ideas rejected.  (Though they say it in a nicer way.)  Snafu pays on acceptance -- $100 for all rights.

Friday, June 23, 2017

T-Shirt Hell Topical Idea Contest

T-Shirt Hell is currently looking for t-shirt ideas relating to LGTB topics, for LGBT Pride Month.  Submit your ideas on the T-Shirt Hell submission page for a chance to earn royalties and a free shirt.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest - bigger prizes

The current Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest ends at the end of this month (June 30th).  Their prize amounts have increased; winners now receive $350, $200, or $100.  You can submit as many poems as you want (rhyming or non-rhyming) but you must own all rights to any submitted poems.