The Sympathy Project is for anyone and everyone – of all ages and backgrounds – who are interested in helping us to make more choices available when representing ourselves and our loved ones through illness and death. We are looking for a fresh and varied perspective that will resonate across age, culture and religion.
Whether you are an artist, photographer, illustrator, poet or writer – either professional or non-professional – who would like to contribute to a growing collection of words and images, or are somebody who is using creativity as part of the grieving process, we’d love for you to get involved.
We are currently in the creative incubation phase – accepting submissions and growing our community while we build the platform that will make sending cards online from the Sympathy Project possible.
e-cards and printed cards for: sympathy, encouragement, healing; illness-hospice-death announcement; funeral-memorial invitation; anniversaries-remembrance.
What we are looking for
Fresh, current, inspiring, witty, real, sympathetic, empathetic, intelligent, compassionate, quirky, original – inspired from personal experience with illness, grief, and loss.
Visit the Sympathy Project Mood Board on Pinterest for a peek into our thoughts.
How it works
*You create and submit.
*We reply quickly to let you know if your work and our cards are a good match.
*Terms for accepted work is agreed upon and signed to a licensing contract.
*We promote your work on our website and across our social network while our larger site gets built.
*Digital artwork submitted by email in a general 8×10 format, high-res file in jpg, pdf, gif or compressed PSD.
*High-res photographs and/or photographs of original artwork, including: drawings, paintings, sculpture.
Our commitment to you
*Retention of full copyright of work.
*A licensing contract that is fair to artists/authors.
*The option to direct royalties to a charity or memorial fund of choice.
Questions and submissions may be mailed to:
I want to write some words but I am not sure what you are looking for?
One of the goals of the Sympathy Project is to use personal experiences to create an honest and updated guide of sentiments that will help people express themselves when they have no idea what to say. We didn’t want to put up too many boundaries because it should be a true reflection of these experiences.
The words might be simple but said in a way that is artistic, powerful and memorable; sometimes they might be raw or even humorous. It can be a single word, a verse, a story, a poem, a quip, a great sentence, original lyrics or something we haven’t even thought of yet. The most important is that it translates into something that fits on a card and will hopefully be able to help facilitate a meaningful sympathy exchange.
Is having a personal experience with illness or death the only way to get involved with the Sympathy Project?
No. The project is open to everyone. Both subjects have long been the source of artistic inspiration and interpretation, in both images and words, weather it has come from a direct experience or not. We welcome the combination of both.
Is there any particular style you are looking for?
For style, we will keep posting to our pinterest board as often as we can for a general idea.
* Teenagers and people in their twenties and thirties are very underrepresented in the sympathy market. We would love to receive relevant images and words for these age groups.
When should I expect to hear a response from my email or submission?
We are a very small team working really hard to get responses out as soon as possible. We really value each submission and email of interest and want to take the appropriate time for consideration. So far our average is between 8-10 days.