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Art Submissions



Valentine's Day 2022: Valentine icons or images which are suited to verses with “love” or “friendship” messages, i.e., hearts, flowers, candy, photography, angels, animals, etc.  Both humorous and serious concepts are welcome.  Typography and “words as art” are also needed.

February 10, 2021

Sea Cove Gallery:Coastal imagery, including ocean scenic, boats or boating scenes, marine mammals and coastal wildlife, beach scenes, lighthouses, birds, tropical icons, mermaids, beach attire, fish, coastal lifestyle scenes, golf, fishing, etc. Whimsical, serious, or fine art styles are appropriate. Images should be romantic or emotive, not purely ‘decorative.’

March 1, 2021

Enchanted Universe: Mystical or fantasy-themed images, or spiritual /inspirational images, such as angels, fairies, mermaids, unicorns, goddesses, and other spiritual icons.  Images are uplifting and positive.

March 1, 2021

Southwest:  Images that are representative of the culture and lifestyle of the southwestern U.S., i.e., southwest wildlife, scenic landscapes, florals, desert, Kokopelli, cactus, roadrunners, chilies, etc.).

March 15, 2021

Native American:  Images and icons that depict the traditional Native American culture and lifestyle.

March 15, 2021

Wildlife Gallery:  All species of North American wildlife, in a variety of art styles and color palettes, and in settings that range from backyard scenes to mountain and forest environments. Whimsical and humorous images of animals are also welcome.

March 15, 2021

Gallery of HorsesEquine imagery depicted in a variety of settings and art styles, including Western and English horses and riding styles, and all varieties of horse breeds.  Selected images are typically active, relational images of horses in movement, or interacting with other horses, cats, dogs, or nature. Humorous images are also encouraged.

March 29, 2021

Western /Down Home: Western-themed artwork including romantic Western landscapes, humorous “cowpoke” characters, country humor, Western cartoons, ranch living, and all things related to life in the American west.

March 29, 2021

Easter 2022:  Traditional, contemporary or whimsical Easter subjects, such as Easter Eggs, rabbits, florals, baskets, springtime scenic, or religious and Christian icons or symbols (church, cross, Jesus, shepherd, sheep, etc.).

April 1, 2021

Laugh Out Loud:  General market humor for all everyday card sending occasions, in a variety of medium. The humor can be edgy and bold, but not graphic or obscene. The intent is that these card designs will make the recipient "laugh out loud!" Cartoons, photography and illustration are all acceptable.

April 14, 2021

Scrapbook:  Cute, funny, sweet, modern day or vintage photographs. Icons (cats, dogs, flowers, animals, people) that will scale to a smaller printed card size of 4 ¼" x 5 ½".

April 14, 2021

Notions:  Cute, fun, and brightly-colored, contemporary renditions of everyday and traditional icons (cats, dogs, flowers, animals, household objects, fashion items and accessories, etc.) that will scale to a small printed card size of 3-7/8" x 5-1/16". Typography and "words as art" are also needed.

May 3, 2021

Best Wishes:Traditional subjects in cute/whimsical styles, such as funny dogs and cats, cute/fuzzy birds, angels and fairies, floral/garden scenes, colorful calligraphy, cute “critters”, teddy bears, “lite” humor, and photography.  Typography and lettering designs are also needed. Also included in our Best Wishes category is an assortment of fine art , painterly images with a timeless appeal featuring landscapes, children, birds, angels, animals, realistic flowers or gardens, vintage subjects or photography, landscape or floral photography and other suitable subject matter for everyday greeting cards.  All everyday sending occasions are needed (Birthday, Get Well, Thank You, Friendship, Sympathy, Encouragement, Thinking of You, Wedding, New Baby, Congratulations, etc.)

May 3, 2021

Mother’s Day 2022: Colorful, feminine images and themes for Mother’s Day, including florals, gardens, angels, home scenes, children, photography, lettering/typography, or other whimsical illustrations of animals, people or places.

May 5, 2021

Family Captions:  Traditional subjects in cute/whimsical styles, such as funny dogs and cats, cute/fuzzy birds, little angels and fairies, floral/garden scenes, colorful calligraphy, cute “critters”, teddy bears, “lite” humor, people or animal photography.  These are designed with a special family relationship in mind. (For My Sister, Happy Birthday Mom, etc.)

May 19, 2021

Graduation 2022Gender-neutral themed designs, including contemporary or graphic design, photography, humor and traditional illustration (diplomas, cap and gown, confetti, calligraphy and some cats, dogs, flowers, wildlife, etc.) that is suitable for Graduation of pre-school, elementary school, high school, college, and beyond.

June 16, 2021

Father’s Day 2022:  Masculine-themed imagery including hunting and fishing, sports, leisure, wildlife and other male-oriented scenes or themes suitable for Father’s Day.

June 16, 2021

Fall Holiday and Christmas 2022: Halloween and Thanksgiving icons and scenery, as well as an assortment of traditional Christmas, winter and holiday imagery suitable for use in boxed Christmas cards, Christmas assortments, or Christmas counter cards.

July 14, 2021

Celebration Greetings 2022/2023 Catalog (June): Christian or religious/inspirational-themed imagery suitable for greeting card and gift products that could be sold in Christian or religious bookstores or gift stores.

October 4, 2021

Leanin' Tree Mid Year Adds (June):  A mix of images suitable for Everyday greeting cards that fit into the niche/lifestyle categories mentioned above: coastal, western, southwestern, horses, wildlife, Native American, fantasy, humor or other general everyday images suitable for a catalog supplement of new everyday greeting cards.


October 18, 2021

Art Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting artwork to Leanin' Tree!  We receive and review many thousands of art submissions annually. To insure that your submission is processed in a timely manner, please follow the guidelines as indicated below:

  1. All art submissions must be sent digitally and submitted via email to  We do not accept printed art submissions of photos, original sketches, color copies or mock-ups sent via first class mail.  Printed art submissions that are sent via First Class Mail will not be returned to you.
  1. We prefer to receive digital submissions as either multi-page PDF documents or jpegs.   We prefer printable PDF files whenever possible.  Please include 2-to-4 images per-page in order to help manage ink, paper and printing costs, and to allow us to clearly see the detail in your artwork.
  1. Your name and contact information must appear on each page of your submission.  Separate PDF files for everyday art and holiday art are appreciated.
  1. We do not publish pencil or pen/ink images.
  1. Photography submissions should be of high-level professional quality
  1. Please edit your submission to an appropriate size.  To expedite the reviewing process and allow multiple members of the art review committee to view and consider your work, please edit the size of your submission to the most appropriate 25-50 images per category. 
  1. We are unable to provide critiques or feedback regarding art submissions or the selection process.  If your artwork is selected for publication, you will be notified by telephone or email with further information. 
  1. If you do not hear from us in 4-8 weeks' time, you should assume that your submission was not a fit for our product lines at this time.
  1. We are not currently accepting freelance writing submissions for greeting card verse and editorial.

We appreciate the opportunity to review and consider your work, and thank you for your interest in Leanin’ Tree!