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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

T-Shirt Hell current submission topic

T-Shirt Hell's current topical submission contest focuses on two scary things: Halloween and the outcome of the presidential election.

We're now looking for ideas for shirts to be released after the presidential election is over about either Clinton or Trump, whoever the winner is. Also, accepting ideas about Halloween. 

As usual, writers whose slogans are selected will receive royalties plus a free shirt.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tips for Writing Better Slogans

There are countless articles that have been written with titles like "How to write a great slogan" or "How to write catchy slogans."  Some of these articles are useful, while others just regurgitate the same thing over and over again.

Below are links to two helpful articles that contain tips for writing good slogans.

- 8 Tips for Writing a Mind-Blowing Slogan (PrintWand)
- 7 Tips to Creating a Memorable Slogan (Vertical Response)

The PrintWand article has some good information, but I wouldn't wholeheartedly agree with the last tip (#8: Don't Be a Comedian).  Humor definitely has a time and place, but if you can pull it off -- and if it's relevant to your product -- a slogan that makes someone laugh can connect with potential consumers and catch their eye (or ear).

(Image courtesy of Pixabay)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest: Dec. 31 2016 deadline

The current Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest is now open, and runs until December 31st.  The same prizes are available for greeting card ideas, rhyming or otherwise: $300 / $150 / $50.