Paid to Write Poetry

Brush Dance Mindful Living – Mindful Days Review: Legit or Scam

Brush Dance Mindful Living – Mindful Days is a publishing company that publishes calendars, planners, journals, cards, and much more. The company started in 1989 combining various works from independent artists and photographers around the glove, with teachers and poets to create a unique line of products. No matter if you love to take a picture or write poetry for greeting cards this is a great site to submit your ideas too.

Photo Submissions:

  1. Calendars are the majority of items the company creates and publishes.
  2. If you have an idea for a Calendar series the site would love to see a few photos.
  3. They don’t want you to send in a series of photos for the calendar, instead, one or two photos would be fine.
  4. If the company likes your photos and would like to see more, they will contact you to request other photos.
  5. The photos for a calendar should fit together with one another and be able to fill the 12 months.
  6. The company is small and will normally get back to you in a few weeks.
  7. However, if you don’t hear from them, be patient. They do fall behind from time to time.
  8. The company likes to take their time to consider and review all submissions sent in.
  9. Each submission is by email. You’ll need to attach 2 to 3 images of your best work for the company to review.
  10. Supply your personal details in the email so the company knows how to get in touch with you.
  11. Once the company reviews your 2 or 3 images and decides to use them in a calendar, they’ll contact you by email to discuss the terms with you.

Greeting Card Submissions:

  1. Sine 1989 the company has been using poetry submission and photos together to create a very special line of greeting cards.
  2. If you love to write verses or poetry for cards this is an excellent opportunity for you.
  3. You’ll need to send your idea to the company by email.
  4. It may take several weeks for the company to review all the submission it has.
  5. Be patient the company will send you an email concerning your submission.
  6. You can send in an image with your poetry for the company to consider.
  7. In the body of the email or an attachment, you can send in 4 to 6 ideas for the company to consider.
  8. If the company uses one of your ideas, they’ll discuss the terms with you in an email.

Conclusion:

The company has been in business since 1989 and is a wonderful place to submit your photos and greeting card idea too. This isn’t a large company, but it is well known for their calendars and other products it creates. Normally, the company prefers to use poetry by inspiring poets to create their line of cards and calendars. The company loves to work with photographers’ for their greeting card line and calendars. If they decide to use one of your verses or photos, you’ll be notified by email. This is an excellent company to work with and they pay you for your verses and photos.

 

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Paid to Write Poetry

Viabella Review: Legit or Scam

Viabella is a greeting card company that has several lines of greeting cards. They publish stationary, gift wrap, greeting card for love and mother earth. Furthermore, you’ll find cards for someone who cares, portal, everyday cards, boxed cards, and seasonal cards. The company is always looking for fresh new ideas and would love to hear from you. If you’d like to write for this company they have a set of guideline to follow.

Where to Send Your Submissions:

  1. The company accepts submission by mail.
  2. To send in your submission, address it to Creative Department, Viabella, 9 Kendrick Road, Wareham, MA 02571.
  3. You can also send in your submission by email. The company’s submission email address is submissions@viabella.com.
  4. Be sure to include all your personal details and contact information when mailing in or sending an email to the company.

What Type of Submissions Does the Company Accept?

  1. The company is interested in receiving holiday and occasion’s submission.
  2. They like humor and love to read your ideas.
  3. After sending in a submission, allow 3 to 6 weeks for the company to decide on your work.
  4. When selecting a submission they need to consider the licensing decisions and they are based on filling their current creative needs.
  5. The company will notify you when a decision is made.
  6. If you’ve submitted your work to other companies and one has selected a submission you’ve made to Viabella, you’ll need to notify the company.
  7. The company wants to know if the samples you send in are available for licensing or if they are a representative of your style.

What to Send in as a Submission:

  1. If you are sending in images by mail, please put them on a CD.
  2. You can always email the images directly to the company.
  3. The company doesn’t want you to send in your original artwork.
  4. Each submission needs to be clearly labeled with the artist’s name, identifying number or title.
  5. If you’d like your work returned, you’ll need to include a self-address stamped envelope with your submissions.
  6. Any verse submission can be sent to the company by email as an attached document or in the body of the text.
  7. When sending in verses you’ll need to indicate the category on the submissions subject line in the email.

Submission Schedule:

  •  Year-Round Submissions:
  1. Birthday
  2. Get Well
  3. Sympathy
  4. Wedding
  5. Wedding shower
  6. Baby Congratulations
  7. Baby Shower
  8. Thank You
  9. Love
  10. Friendship
  11. Thinking of You
  12. Encouragement
  • Humor:
  1.  They will need to be submitted under a Non-humor design cover.
  2. The company accepts humor submissions year round.
  3. Holiday humor submissions will go under seasonal. Look for the Christmas, Fall, Valentine, or Spring submissions dates.
  • Christmas:
  1. Christmas submissions are reviews from December to February of each year.
  2. Your humor Christmas submissions will also be reviewed at this time.
  • Fall:
  1. Fall submissions are reviews from September to Mid November.
  2. Halloween
  3. Thanksgiving
  4. Boss’ Day
  5. Rosh Hashanah
  6. Hanukkah
  7. New Years
  • Valentine:
  1. Valentine’s submissions are views from March to April.
  • Spring Holiday:
  1. Spring holiday submissions are views from April to June.
  2. Easter
  3. Passover
  4. Patrick’s
  5. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
  6. Graduation
  7. Nurse’s Dad
  8. Admin Professional Day
  9. /first Communion
  10. Confirmation

Conclusion:

This is an excellent company to submit your poetry, humor, illustrations, or photos to. The company has a large line of greeting cards that they publish year round. If you’d like to write for this company, it’s important to follow the guideline and submit your work at the appropriate time of the year. It will take between 3 to 6 weeks for the company to view all the submissions they’ve received. You’ll be notified if one of your submissions has been accepted. At this time the company will discuss with you the terms and conditions of their licensing agreement and payment.

 

Paid to Write Poetry

Amber Lotus Review: Legit or Scam

Amber Lotus is a publishing company that publishes calendars, greeting cards, coloring book, journals, and books. The company is always looking for great photographers, illustrators, writers, artists, poets, and novelists. This is a rather small company and from time to time they limit the submission they are accepting. If you’d like to send the company some of your work, you’ll need to send an email. The company is no longer accepting submission by mail.

Writer Submissions:

  1. Currently, the company isn’t accepting any manuscripts for the book. You can always check back on the site to see when they’ll open up the submissions again.
  2. However, the company is always looking for submissions for greeting cards.
  3. The verses need to be light and catchy.
  4. They don’t publish serious greeting cards.
  5. You’ll need to send an email to the company. In the email, you can add 3 to 5 sentiments or greetings for the company to consider.
  6. In your submission, you can submit an image, but it isn’t necessary.
  7. The company has a small staff and can’t respond back to each person.
  8. You’ll hear back from the company if they’ve selected one of your ideas to use for a greeting card.
  9. At this time the company will send you a proposal for what they can pay you for your idea.
  10. You’ll have the opportunity to accept the bid or reject the bid.
  11. If you accept the bid, the company will send you a contract to sign.

Artwork Submissions:

  1. The company accepts submission year round. However, they’d prefer that you send your submission from April through July. If you send the submissions at another time, it will take much longer to hear back from the company.
  2. The only time the company will contact you, is when they find one of your illustration appropriate for a specific project.
  3. At this time they will send you an email with a bid or proposal as to what they offer to pay you.
  4. You can either accept or decline this bid.
  5. If you accept the bid, the company will work with you and send you a contract.

What Does the Company Look For?

  1. When submitting artwork to the company, they are looking for images that are thematically based.
  2. The images should relate to each other as a series or body of work.
  3. They basically look for images that are thematically compatible with their other product line.
  4. All the images that you submit must be available in a high-resolution format for the company to purchase them.

Photography Submissions:

  1. Just like the submission for illustrations, the company will accept photo submissions year round.
  2. However, they prefer that you send in the submission from April through July.
  3. If you send in the submission at another time of the year, it will take longer for the company to get back to you if they want to use one of your photos.
  4. If the company selects one of your photos, you’ll receive an email.
  5. This is a small company and they can’t contact everyone back. Therefore, if you don’t hear back from the company, they’ve decided not to use one of your photos.
  6. When the company contacts you, they’ll send you a bid and what they are willing to pay for your photo.
  7. You can accept or reject the offer. If you accept the offer, you’ll receive a contract in your email box.

What Does the Company Want for Photos?

  1. The photos the company uses normally cover a broad spectrum.
  2. Each image submitted should be compatible with their other product line.
  3. Furthermore, your images need to be professional and focused.

How To Send In Your Submissions:

  1. For illustrations and photos, you can send the company an email with your website link.
  2. The company also accepts PDF files with a sample of your work.
  3. You may also email 3 images to the company that is no larger than 200KB each.
  4. It is important to add your name and contact information to your email submission.

Conclusion:

This is a small publishing company that publishes greeting cards, calendars, and coloring books. The company also publishes books, but they aren’t currently accepting manuscripts at this time. You’ll need to check back from time to time to see when you can submit your manuscript to the company. If you’re interested in submitting greeting card messages, illustrations, or photos, you’ll need to read the submission guidelines before sending in your work. The company will only contact you by email if your submission has been accepted. At this time they will let you know how much they are willing to pay to use your ideas, illustrations or photos. This is a legitimate company to work with and if they accept your ideas, illustrations or photos, they’ll pay you for your work.

 

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Snafu Designs Review – Legit or Scam

Snafu Designs is a greeting card company that encourages freelancers to write for them. The company has a full line of greeting cards ranging from birthday, friendships, retirement, wedding and all the popular holidays. There are many different types of card you can write for this company. The company is rather small and they focus on humorous cards.

What Does The Company Want and Look For?

  1. The company only wants humor on their cards. So if you decided to write a card make sure it is humorous before submitting it for consideration.
  2. The cards that you write should be humorous, use simple, but clever ideas, and are focused on the smart adult audience.
  3. When a person reads the card, the company wants and strives for a laugh-out-loud response.
  4. The cards only use an image on the face of the card and don’t use any images on the inside of the card.
  5. Before designing your card the company recommends that you take a look at the cards they sell. You can find them displayed on their website.
  6. Each card should carry a “me to you” messages.
  7. When writing your card, keep in mind who will buy this card.
  8. Furthermore, you must consider why a person would buy the card you’ve designed and who could they send it to.
  9. Keep in mind how people would relate to the message that you’ve written on your card.
  10. Would you buy this card, and does this card make you laugh?
  11. Each card idea that you write needs a purpose or reason for a person to buy it, otherwise, the cards just sit on the shelf.
  12. When designing your card it should fit into one of these categories:
    1. Birthday
    2. Belated Birthdays
    3. Love & Relationships
    4. Christmas
    5. Valentine’s Day
    6. Mother’s Day
    7. Father’s Day
    8. Retirement
    9. Get Well
    10. Thank You
    11. Anniversary
    12. New Baby
    13. Congratulations
    14. Wedding/Engagement
    15. Easter
    16. Halloween
    17. Thanksgiving
    18. Graduation

How to Submit Your Ideas:

  1. You are limited to submitting 12 ideas at a time to the company.
  2. If the company hasn’t responded back to you after 8 weeks, it means that your ideas were rejected and not accepted.
  3. After 8 weeks you’re free to submit your ideas to another greeting card company.
  4. The only time the company will contact you, is when they are interested in purchasing one of your ideas.
  5. The company accepts emails and you can send your ideas to info@snafucards.com.
  6. Do not add any attachments to your email. All your ideas need to be submitted in the body of the text only.
  7. Each email must have your full name, address, and phone number. The company requires your contact information on each email you submit.

Submitting Your Ideas by Snail Mail:

  1. If you’ve decided to use the postal service your ideas should be submitted on individual index cards.
  2. Do not send the company any images with your ideas.
  3. However, if you think an image will help to visualize your idea, you are free to submit the image with your idea.
  4. Each submission that you’ve mailed it needs to include a self-addressed #10 stamped envelopes. The company requires this so they can mail back your ideas that they don’t use.
  5. When submitting your work, you’ll need to include your email address, phone number, and address. The company will only contact you by email if they’re interested in using your work.
  6. Mail your ideas to Snafu Greeting Cards, 2500 University Ave. w. Ste E-4, St Paul, MN 55114.

How Does the Company Pay?

  1. If one of your ideas is used by the company, you’ll receive an email from them.
  2. The email is a “Certificate of Originality” agreement that states the idea is yours that you came up with this idea.
  3. Your ideas must be original and there is no copying or paraphrasing another idea you’ve read on a greeting card in the past.
  4. The company pays $100 for each idea they use.
  5. You’ll receive payment once you’ve accepted the terms of the contract and accept the offer from Snafu Designs.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company and does pay people to write humorous greeting cards for them. You’ll need to submit your ideas to the company for consideration. The company won’t write you back if they don’t accept your ideas. Therefore, if you haven’t heard anything from the company in over 8 weeks, the company is not going to contact you. However, if the company loves your ideas, wants to use them, you’ll be contacted by email. This is a great company to work for and earn a few dollars online writing greeting cards. If this sounds interesting please submit your work for consideration.

 

Paid to Write Poetry

Oatmeal Studios Review – Legit or Scam

Oatmeal Studios is a greeting card company that has grown over the years to become one of the top humorous greeting card companies in the world. The company has over 250 designs for all occasions and occasionally adds new designs to their collections. The company adds new releases to their greeting card collection monthly. The company was purchased in 2011 by North Adams Massachusetts based printer Excelsior Printing Company. Currently, all the cards are printed and the base of operations is now in western MA. However, the company still maintains their presence in Rochester, VT.

Writer’s Guidelines:

  1. When writing for the company it’s important to remember that the verses you write will be used in cards and notepads.
  2. Therefore, it’s important to write your message as if you’re talking to another person.
  3. Your message should read like a person talks. Therefore, when composing your poem or message imagine that you’re talking to another person.
  4. When you’ve completed your message, read it again, and now ask yourself, “Would you buy this card”.
  5. The company is based on humor and wants your work to be funny.
  6. If you are wondering if your work is actually funny, read it to a few people and look at their reaction. If this makes them laugh, then yes, your work is funny.
  7. The idea is to be wild and keep in mind the type of cards you select to send to your friends.
  8. Your poetry or verses should be sendable for a large audience of people. The company doesn’t want you to be too specific.
  9. Give them an idea of the picture you have in mind. If you can’t draw, then describe this to them. Your card ideas are based around the verses and the image of the card. They need to understand what you have in mind.
  10. When writing your card consider the card needs to be written for an occasion. Whether it is a birthday, a relatives birthday, a get well card, goodbye, love you, miss you, new baby or even an anniversary.   Your ideas are important and they want to hear them.

What the Company Rejects Immediately:

  1. No need to write a pun or even puns, the company won’t read them and reject them immediately.
  2. The company will reject any gross ideas or anything that is cruel. This is inappropriate and they won’t even consider your proposal.
  3. Furthermore, they don’t like lengthy poetry or prose.
  4. Your ideas can’t be narrowly focused either. This just won’t work for the company.

Submitting Your Proposal To the Company:

  1. Keep it simple and keep it easy. The company prefers you to send them an email. You can email your proposals to dawn@oatmealstudios.com.
  2. The email needs your name and address on every email and attachment you send in.
  3. If you decide to mail in your proposal, you’ll also need your name and address on each sheet of typewritten work you submit to the company.
  4. When writing your proposal it’s important to tell the company where the text is to go. If the text is for the front of the card you’ll need to use an ( O ) before the text.
  5. For the inside of the card, use “am or ( I )” before the text.
  6. Your email attachment can’t be larger than 1MB. The company likes to keep these small.
  7. If you’d like to mail in your proposal please send it to Editorial Department, Oatmeal Studios, P.O. Box 191, Rochester, VT 05767.

How Does the Company Pay?

  1. When reviewing your proposals the company will select the ones that will work for them.
  2. Afterward, you’ll be contacted by email.
  3. The terms, payment, and usage rights will be outlined in the email.
  4. At this time you can either accept or reject the company’s offer to use your work.
  5. The company keeps the payment between them and the writers. They don’t advertise how much they’ll pay a person to use their work.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company and has been in business since 1978. The company will only accept your proposals and ideas through email or snail mail. You can submit your ideas to the company for consideration. If the company loves your idea, you’ll be contacted to discuss the terms, payment, an agreement with the company to use your work. This is an excellent way to earn a little extra cash. The company is always looking for humorous ideas that can be used in their greeting cards.

 

Paid to Write Poetry

Blue Mountain Arts Review – Legit or Scam

Blue Mountain Arts is a greeting card company that encourages people to submit their poetry. The poems are published on greeting cards, on the site, and in their books. The cards that the company publishes are unique and designed to capture genuine emotions on different topics. The company also holds poetry contests and pays out three prizes. The winner of the yearly contest will have their poetry displayed on the site.

What Type Of Poems Does the Company Want?

  1. The site looks mainly for contemporary poetry or a prose that expresses how you feel. These types of expression or feelings can’t be put into words, but can easily be written in poetry.
  2. The piece should capture a genuine emotional feeling about family, love, friendship, a real-life subject, or how much you miss a person in your life.
  3. An easy way to write this type of poetry is to think of a special person in your life. Write the verses with them in mind. This makes it easier to write the verses and it is what the site looks for when selecting their poetry to publish.
  4. Before starting your piece, visit the site and look around. Get a feeling of what the site accepts.
  5. Afterward, compose your piece and try to express a new, unique, and creative way in your work. Don’t follow the typical types of poetry that are popular online. Find a new voice to express your feeling in writing.

What The Site Doesn’t Accept:

  1. The site won’t accept or pay for poetry that rhymes, is humorous, one-liners, or has religious meaning.
  2. Don’t overuse words and phrases like a gift, hugs, birthday wishes, special, missing you, or angel.
  3. If you want to write poetry about your mother, daughter, son, or loved ones, it must be unique and refreshing. The company receives too many submissions for this type of poetry. However, if you can give it a different, refreshing, and unique feeling, they’ll consider using it.
  4. Furthermore, avoid using the following phrases in your poetry:
    1. You were always there for me
    2. I remember when you were a baby
    3. I’m so proud of you
    4. You are my dream come true

How to Submit Your Poetry:

  1. The company accepts submission through the mail or by email.
  2. If you’d like to send your submission to the company, address the envelope to Blue Mountain Arts Editorial Department, P.O. Box 1007, Boulder, CO 803306.
  3. You may submit more than one piece of poetry at a time. However, each poem must be typewritten and you can only submit one poem per page.
  4. Make sure you include your name on every page that you send in.
  5. If you’d like the company to respond back to you, or return the poems they don’t use, you must include a stamped self-address envelope with your submission.
  6. The envelope must have the correct postage paid otherwise; the company won’t send back your poems.
  7. Furthermore, if you change your address, email address, or phone number, you must inform the site of these changes.
  8. You can submit your poetry by email. Send the email to editorial@sps.com.
  9. If you submit your poetry by email, you must include all your submission on one email. Don’t send any attachments with the email.
  10. Each email must include your full name, home address, and phone number.
  11. The company sends out a reply to emails within 1 to 2 weeks.
  12. However, if you don’t hear back from the company within 4 months, it means that your submission is no longer under consideration and won’t be used on the site.
  13. All mail submission will receive a letter from the company within 2 to 4 months if your poetry has been selected for further review.
  14. The company does accept submission by mail or email outside the US. However, your poetry must be submitted in English to be considered by the company.
  15. Furthermore, the company does accept the seasonal submission, but there is a deadline and this must be met. You can send in seasonal submission for the following year by these dates:
    1. Christmas and General Holidays must be received by July 15th.
    2. Valentine’s Day submission deadline is September 12th.
    3. Easter deadline is November 8th.
    4. Mother’s Day deadline is December 13th.
    5. Father’s Day deadline is February 7th.

How Does the Company Pay?

  1. If the company selects your poetry for exclusive right to publish in their greeting cards or other products, you’re paid $300.
  2. The company can also purchase your poetry for one-time use in a book and they pay you $50 for your submission.
  3. Before the company publishes your poetry, you’ll receive a letter or email explaining the publication procedures. No work will be published before you read and accept the terms from the site.
  4. Furthermore, there is no need to copyright your work before submitting it to the company.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company and they pay for each piece of poetry they use in their greeting cards or books. The company has been in business for years and has a top A+ rating with the online community. If you’d like to write for this company, it’s important that you follow the guideline. Otherwise, the company won’t accept your submission.