Writing Poems for Hallmark: A Polite Exchange


Creative Opportunities (creative-opportunities@hallmark-uk.com)
To: rowanmccabe6@hotmail.co.uk
Hi Rowan,
Thanks for sending us your work, we enjoyed looking through it. We’re always looking for new talent so I really appreciate you taking the time to think of us and giving us the opportunity to see it.
Unfortunately the styles you’ve shown us aren’t suitable for any ranges we’re developing at the moment but feel free to send us anything else you think we might be interested in seeing in the future.
Thanks again and all the best,
The Hallmark Creative Team
From: Rowan [mailto:rowanmccabe6@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 31 March 2014 11:12
Subject: Writing Poems For Your Cards
Dear Hallmark representative,

I am a poet who is extremely interested in writing pieces for the insides of your cards and was wondering if you could pass this on to the relevant department?
For the past three years I have been a spoken word performer covering all sorts of topics from philosophy to feelings of cultural disenfranchisement within the North East of England.
However, for a long time it has been a dream of mine to reach a broader audience and to write catchy verses for the inside of your fabulous cards. Here is an example of one I have written for a birthday card:

Today is rather special
Because it’s just for you.
It’s the day for cards and presents,
For cake and candles too.
It’s the day you’re made a fuss of,
A day when dreams come true
And a day of celebrations
Is especially what you’re due.
Happy, happy birthday
Happy birthday to you!

I also have some more political verses you may be interested in:

I’m hoping that you love this card
Though I know you won’t for long.
It cost a tree to make it,
Soon the forests will be gone.

I’ve had a look on your website to see if there are any vacancies for a card poet but was unable to find any. I sincerely hope you will consider this expression of interest and will bear me in mind if you know of any future vacancies.

Kind regards,

Rowan McCabe

Published by Rowan The Poet

Performance poet and yo-yo enthusiast.

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