Submission Guidelines for Artists, Photographers & Writers

Smart Alex welcomes submissions from artists, photographers and writers who share Smart Alex's philosophy of keeping greeting cards strictly, "funny, edgy & risque."

We recommend you visit our website, and review our cards prior to submitting your work.

Here is a specific breakdown of what we are looking for:

Purchase Photograph:
We encourage submissions of photographs in black and white, as well as in color. Photographs with a strong emphasis on expressive features or humorous situations are strongly preferred. IMMEDIATE ATTENTION will be given to photographs with the following topics: "Retro," "Glamour," "Women to Women," "Older Folks" and "Beefcake."

Purchase Illustration:
From graphic artwork to cartoons, we utilize a wide variety of artistic styles in our greeting cards.

Purchase Copy:
We are always on the lookout for funny lines with an emphasis on humor for grown-ups. Our style of humor tends to be topical, witty, smart, ironic, or sexually suggestive. We like our cards to be surprising without being shocking, a bit dirty without being filthy, and we like to poke fun without being insulting. We prefer no sexual themes on Christmas Holidays cards, just funny and humorous.

Smart Alex will contact you if your submission is chosen for publication. Compensation will be discussed after submission is selected for publication.

There are two ways you can submit your work to us:


We encourage e-mail submissions, as they are easily accessible. Please e-mail your work to

*Graphic submissions should be in .jpeg format at a resolution of 72 dpi and sent as an email attachment. Please do not send large graphic files via email.

Snail Mail

If you have a larger body of work, or if you feel that the low resolution email option will not properly represent your submission, please burn your work to a disc and send it to our office via ground mail. jpeg, .tiff and .es are all acceptable for this method of submission. We also accept written copy through the mail. We ask that the copy be typed or printed - no hand-written copy, please.

Send your submissions to the following:

Smart Alex Inc.
1800 W Grace St #322
Chicago IL 60613-6086
Attn: Art Director, Submissions

*Please remember to include your contact information with your submission - name, daytime phone number, email address. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so that we can return your material.

We understand and respect that you have invested a good deal of time and effort into your work. Please be assured that your submission will be reviewed in a timely manner.

Please do not call us to check on the status of your submission. You will receive a response from us whether or not your submission fits our needs.

We appreciate your taking the time to send us your materials for us to review. Thank you in advance.

Revised: May 12, 2016

*Submission Guidelines are subject to change without notice.

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