Weekly Roundup – January 5, 2017


Hello, and happy new year! Welcome again to another Weekly Roundup. In the Weekly Roundup, I provide links and summarized information about the crowdfunded projects, creator opportunities, and resources that have caught my eye over the week. I hope you enjoy!

As a note: I am not sponsored by any company, group, or individual listed below or elsewhere on this site unless otherwise listed.

Helping Others

Looking for inspiration or encouragement? Check out the #smallacts hashtag on twitter. Thank you Celeste Ng for encouraging such an awesome movement!

Here is a list of some charities and nonprofits to donate to. Thanks Christina!

Here is a list of inclusive volunteer positions organized by state.

If you are a trans person in need of legal assistance, many people are offering services pro bono. Check the hashtag #TransLawHelp on Twitter or at translawhelp.org.

If you need to talk to someone or otherwise vent, please utilize this list of help hotlines.

Take care and take your time. Your work is more important than ever. Thank you for sharing your originality and openness with the world. You bring light to the days of others, and it is so, so appreciated.


Crowdfunded Projects


Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic is running a Kickstarter to pay its 30 contributors and fund the production of the anthology. Nerve Endings seeks to give writers connected to the trans community the opportunity to discuss sensuality and eroticism on their own terms, rather than through the “by cis people, for cis people” model often featured in popular fictions about trans people. Tier options include ebook and paperback versions of the book, Launch Party digital and VIP invites, additional e-zines and audio stories, poems, smut short stories, illustrations, beautiful handcrafted earrings, and more. The Kickstarter ends January 7, 2017.


Universal Fan Con is running a Kickstarter to raise funds for a new inclusive convention in Baltimore in 2018. Tier options include weekend passes to the convention, photo opportunities with celebrities, hotel rooms for the convention, and more. The Kickstarter ends on January 12, 2017.


Nameless Woman: An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of the anthology and future works. The anthology will feature new and previously published fiction by trans women of color, paying each $100. Tier options include print and digital copies of Nameless Woman and poetry books by Jamie Berrout. The Kickstarter ends on January 15, 2017.


[Super]Natural Attraction is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of the digital comic. The story focuses on college student Persephone, who is killed in a hit-and-run and then revived by her med student room mate. Once revived, she can see the supernatural creatures on her campus and uses her newfound skill to assist a local monster hunter. Tier options include wallpapers, tutorials, concept art, commissions, cameos, and additional comics. The Kickstarter ends January 17, 2017.


Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook is running a Kickstarter to fund its production. To quote the Kickstarter: “In the model of the Passover Haggadah, Serving Pride will guide a group of dinner guests through a ritual meal where history is retold through readings, songs, games, recipes, and artwork.” Tier options include physical and digital copies of the final product, posters, and hardcover copies. The Kickstarter ends February 3, 2017.

Creative Opportunities


Here is a list of publications currently seeking pitches from marginalized creators. Thank you Alaina!

Here is a list of opportunities recently collected for marginalized voice actors, musicians, writers, and artists. Thank you Cassandra!

Check the Lemma Soft Forums for paid work related to visual novel and game development, including project management, illustration, voice acting work, animation, sprite creation, writing, coding, and more.

Thank you, Tanya D., for this awesome list of POC, LGBTQIA+, nonbinary, trans, woman-identifying, or otherwise marginalized creators! If you’re a marginalized creator, sign yourself up here!


Here is a survey for Women Professionals in AnimationIf you work in animation and identify as a woman, please submit your anonymous information to this survey to inform and assist current and future animators.

You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.com! Companies like DHX Media, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and others have a number of open full-time, part-time, and freelance positions available, including social media, editing, and teaching.

Comics, Illustration, and More

Aaron Sullivan is looking for webcomic titles to review for Comic CrusadersLink your work here to be considered.

Amazon is looking for a digital editor for Comixology in New York.

Amazon Fresh is looking for an Art Director in Seattle.

Facebook Stickers is looking for artists to create more stickers for their messenger. Thank you Cole!

The Fair Page Rates annual survey is live! If you’ve worked professionally as a comic artist this year, fill out the survey to help inform yourself and other artists in the future.

Klutz, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., is looking for an Associate Art Director in New York.

Laura Hudson of Feminist Frequency commissions art for the Feminist Frequency newsletter each month and is open to artist suggestions, particularly marginalized artists.

Iron Circus Comics will be hiring in the new year. Sign up to receive more information when the positions become available. They also have submissions open, so consider pitching!

Jerry’s Art-A-Rama is hosting a number of art contests, some ongoing and some requiring specific materials. Check what’s open and see if you can qualify.

Passion Fruit Anthology, a queer erotica anthology to be released by Beyond Press, will begin accepting submissions in February 2017. Sign up to be notified with information here. More information is expected to post on January 10.

Style Code Live is looking for an Art Director to develop fashion and beauty editorial content.

The Yaoi Army is hiring 1-3 main artists for their 2017 projects. Email your portfolio to theyaoiarmy [at] gmail.com.

Check out Arts for LA or College Art Opportunities for more exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities. See Find Anthologies for a list of anthologies with open submissions and to submit anthologies of your own.

To Worlds Unknown: An Otabek x Yurio Fanzine has applications open until January 8.

The Haikyuu Flower Zine is looking for contributors to a free e-zine. Signups will be open until January 9.

Stacked Deck Press has opened submissions for the anthology We’re Still Here, an anthology by and for trans cartoonists. Submit your pitches by January 9.

State of the Union, an upcoming digital zine featuring black and white color illustrations, comics, prose, poetry, and more, is accepting submissions until January 13. The zine will be available for free online. Donated proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Weekly Shonen Magazine and MediBang are hosting a manga contest! Submit your completed comic by January 12 for the chance to have your work reviewed by Weekly Shonen Magazine editors. Simply post your comic of 50 pages or less and MediBang will translate it. Winners will have an editor assigned to them to help develop your comic further. Grand prize winners will also be published in Weekly Shonen Magazine’s manga app Magazine Pocket.

Johnny Aleksi is hosting a Valentine’s Day Art Trade for creators on Tapastic! Sign up by January 13 to have your character paired up with another for a blind date.

Little, Brown’s Emerging Artist Award is accepting entries until January 15. Submitted mockups should invoke the diversity and rich cultural experiences in America. Potential prizes include $2500 in American Express gift cards, round trip travel to New York City, and a one-day mentorship with the Little, Brown book design and editorial team and Jerry Pinkney.

The Yuri on Ice Ensemble Zine is accepting submissions of fic and fanart until January 15. Content is to focus on familial friendships of the characters, though romantic relationships can be shown. Proceeds will be donated to charity.

Unapologetic, passionate, and bold female Muslim artists of all concentrations are welcome to apply by January 20 for an exhibition opportunity. Click the link for more details.

Light Grey Art Lab has extended its call for submissions for its show The Lost Isle of Kismet: A Choose Your Own Adventure Exhibit. Artists will be grouped into teams that will each help create the immerse world for this unique and interactive gallery show. Submit by January 20 to be considered. Final artwork will be due March 1, 2017.

My Heroine Academia, a digital zine celebrating the female relationships of My Hero Academia, is accepting submissions until January 25.

The Werewolves vs. Space Zine is accepting applications until January 27. Here are the terms of submission, and here is more info on this volume’s theme of space.

The Multiship Voltron Fan Zine has applications open for PG-13 and lower fic and fanart until January 30. The zine will be available with proceeds donated to an undecided charity. Unpaid.

Nature and Humans: A Comic Anthology is accepting comic submissions until January 30. Final submissions will need to be between 4-8 pages and in full color. Payment for art to be determined be funds raised through crowdfunded after the book is printed and shipped.

Another Closet, a collection of poetry, fiction, comics, and essays by queer + trans folks and/or survivors living with addiction, is accepting submissions until January 31. Anonymity can be requested.

Level-8 Comics is hosting a Design a Character competition for creators ages 5-15 until January 31. Design one hero and one villain to be drawn and featured in issue 1 of Late Knights: A Sense of Steel.

Draw Your Own Hero and to @PREVIEWSworld with hashtag #PREVIEWShero for a chance to win a series of How to Draw books and an appearance in a future appearance of PREVIEWS. Submit by January 31.

Webcomic Love Not Found is hosting a fanart contest with the theme “jolly”. Submissions are due by January 31.

Dardishi is accepting writing, art, film, and photography from Arab people who do not identify as men. Submit by February 1 to be considered for their current issue about food. Reviews of books by Arab women are also welcome.

Gothic Tales of Haunted Love is accepting applications until February 1. About 10 applications will be accepted into the anthology, to be paid $50 per page with potential bonuses. Final submissions should be gothic romance comics 1-10 pages in length.

The Indigenous Love Comic Collection is accepting submissions of completed art, comics, essays, and poems for inclusion in an anthology published by Native Realities Press by February 1.

SpiderForest will open applications to join their comic collective from February 1 to February 18! Comic collectives are a great way for webcomic creators to support each other, so if you feel like it’s a fit, please apply!

Swan Song is accepting submissions for their music-themed anthology until February 1. Submissions must be in full color and contributors must have previously lived in or currently live in British Columbia. Submissions should be up to 9 pages in length, and contributors will be paid $50/page.

The Society of Illustrators Annual Student Competition is accepting submissions until February 6. Undergraduate department chairs and administrators must submit the work of their students.

The Silent Manga Audition is holding an “extra” round titled Kumamoto Round 2017. The theme is “to bring as much smiles and laughter” to the people of Kumamoto, an island affected by the earthquakes in April 2016. submit a 5-17 page comic by February 15 for the chance to win a trip to Japan, workshops, and a SEJ011 watch.

Hellcat Press is accepting applications for their upcoming Tales from the Public Domain anthology until February 28. Creative teams will be paid $20 for up to ten pages of  black and white work and will retain copyright of their work.

The Silent Manga Audition announced its seventh run of its worldwide dialogue-free comic competition. The theme is “unforgettable taste.” Entries are due by March 31.

The Trans Lifeline Benefit Anthology is accepting submissions of writing and illustration. Stories must be fanwork for a work in the public domain and have a hopeful or happy ending. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Trans Lifeline. Submissions are due by March 31.

Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic that previously published Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, Jeff Smith’s Bone, and Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet, is accepting submissions for graphic novelists creating works for children and teens. Visit their site for more information. The deadline to apply is April 1.

Submissions for 2017’s If Anthology are open. The theme is “crime” and the soft deadline is May 1. Contributors will be compensated with 1 book per page.

Conventions and Events

Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including ConFusion and MidSouthCon.

GeekGirlCon is looking for volunteers to help plan next year’s convention. Check the site for open positions, or sign up for the mailing list to hear more!


VanCaf (the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival) has exhibitor applications open until Saturday January 7.

A Party!!! On Ice is happening in Toronto on January 28 at Canlon York University Rink. Check this document or this twitter account for more information.

San Jose Zine Con is accepting vendor applications and volunteer applications for their February 12 event. If you’re in the area, check it out and support indie comics!

The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) is accepting exhibitor applications until February 15.

Clexacon is accepting applications for their artist alley.

Rose City Comic Con is accepting applications for their artist alley.


Abrams Books is looking for a freelance Graphic Designer in New York.

AmazonGo is hiring a Graphic Designer in Seattle. Amazon is hiring a Visual Designer in Seattle, too, to work on creative content for customer service.

Amazon is looking for a Visual Designer to work in Japan creating social media marketing content.

Day One is looking for a visual designer in Seattle.

Hachette Book Group is hiring a Production Associate in New York to coordinate design and composition services for adult trade print and ebook titles.

Penguin Young Readers is hiring a Senior Designer in New York to design book packaging and interiors.

The Yaoi Army is hiring a Main Illustrator and Graphic Designer for an upcoming RPG bishounen card game. Email your portfolio to theyaoiarmy [at] gmail.com.


The Representation Matters Mentorship Program is accepting applications from self-identified people of color interested in the publishing industry. Mentorships will last 6 months, with a minimum of one session every two months.


@JkaplanAW is searching for a composer for a future yuri visual novel project. Ideally the composer would be comfortable creating music stylistically somewhere between jazz and classical, making use of acoustic guitar and piano.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

The VCCA is accepting applications for their fellowships and residencies until January 15. The residencies seek to provide a space for LGBTQ people, veterans, American citizens of Lation and/or African descent, and people from the mid-Atlantic states working in a variety of disciplines of the arts. Check the VCCA’s Special Programs page for more information on each of the fellowships.

Telltale Games is hosting a Creative Workshop for those interested in the Design or Writing programs at Telltale Games. Apply by January 23 for the opportunity to attend.

Lambda Literary is accepting applications to its Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices until January 30. Writers of fiction, nonfiction, young adult fiction, poetry, or playwriting may apply.

Check out Arts for LA or College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.


Here’s a list of 102 college and graduate scholarships available for women of color!

The Different Games Collective is accepting applications for their Ambassador Program, which includes all-access passes to the 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC) and access to the GDC Vault for those fostering diversity and inclusivity in games. Apply by January 2 to be be considered.


Columbus College of Art and Design is hiring a Comics Illustration Assistant Professor, among other faculty and staff positions.

Sign up to teach at Skillshare to earn royalties based on the premium member students in your class. See here for additional information.


Cheritz is looking for a Korean to Spanish or English to Spanish translator for their future game projects. They would prefer an employee based in Korea available to work 9:30am to 6:30pm.


Tapas is looking for typesetters to clean up and letter comics with provided English translations.

Voice Acting

Check the Casting Call Club and Voice Acting Alliance for more voice acting and audio opportunities.

Writing and Editing

Tor is accepting submissions of fantasy novellas between 20,000 and 40,000 words. The story’s world must be one not modeled on European cultures. Submissions close January 12, 2017. Tor is also accepting pitches for essays, think pieces, reviews, and similar content with a final length of 1000 to 2000 words.

State of the Union, an upcoming digital zine featuring black and white color illustrations, comics, prose, poetry, and more, is accepting submissions until January 13. The zine will be available for free online. Donated proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Sinister Wisdom is accepting written submissions from “womyn who self-identify as black lesbians.” Editors are particularly interested in work that discusses the diversity of black lesbian experiences. Submit by January 21 for consideration.

The Fandom Zine is accepting submissions until January 22. Write essays or collaboratively debate on the topic of “tropes” as they relate to fandom.

Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is accepting applications until January 30. 12 students per workshop spend a week attending intensive classes, workshops, and lectures featuring reknowned voices in modern queer storytelling, such as Malinda Lo and Phillip Howze, and other publishing industry professionals.

Another Closet, a collection of poetry, fiction, comics, and essays by queer + trans folks and/or survivors living with addiction, is accepting submissions until January 31. Anonymity can be requested.

The Good Men Project is accepting poetry submissions on the topics of xenophobia and immigration. Submissions are due January 31.

On She Goes is looking for pitches from women of color for their Spring 2017 issue. The theme is “We Belong Here” and should involve the experience of traveling as a woman of color. Apply by January 31 for consideration for this paid opportunity.

Dardishi is accepting writing, art, film, and photography from Arab people who do not identify as men. Submit by February 1 to be considered for their current issue about food. Reviews of books by Arab women are also welcome.

Impossible Archetype is accepting international submissions of poetry in English for their inaugural issue. Submissions close March 1. See guidelines here.

Arsenika is open for fiction, poetry, and artwork submissions through March 15. Payment for accepted submissions is $0.01 per word, with a minimum of $5. Read here for more information.

Best Gay Stories 2017 and Wilde Life 2017 are seeking submissions of fiction featuring men and transmen who identify as gay. Stories must have been previously published in 2016. Please submit stories that are 12,000 words or less. Submit by March 15 for consideration.

Built on Strange Ground is accepting pitches consisting of creepy, eerie, and strange nonfiction personal accounts. Submit by March 15 or consideration.

NineStar Press is seeking submissions for a lesbian paranormal – werewolves, vampires, mythical creatures – anthology. Submissions are due by March 31. NineStar Press also has ongoing submissions open for LGBTQA+ romance fiction, literary novels, and erotica shorts.

Queer Pack is seeking submissions of positive queer stories between 5000 and 6000 words for their Queerly Loving Anthology. Stories by cis men are not accepted. Submit by March 31 for consideration.

The Trans Lifeline Benefit Anthology is accepting submissions of writing and illustration. Stories must be fanwork for a work in the public domain and have a hopeful or happy ending. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Trans Lifeline. Submissions are due by March 31.

Anime Feminist is looking for contributors in the upcoming year. Read here for more information. Article writers will generally be paid $50 per article.

The newly launched Argot Magazine is seeking submissions about queer and marginalized experiences. Click here for more on their mission as well as their pay rates.

Beyond the Binary is seeking non-binary contributors, prioritizing people of color, low income people, and disabled people.

Online monthly magazine The Dark is accepting submissions from 2000 to 6000 words in length. Encouraged genres include horror and dark fantasy, but graphic, violent horror is not desired. Payment is $0.03/word for up to 6000 words. Republishing payment is $0.01/word.

Everyday Feminism is looking for an Editor for a remote position.

The Gay YA is seeking submissions for its Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week featuring commentary and insight on aromantic representation in young adult fiction. Please submit by February 1 for consideration.

Hello Equality is seeking trans and POC writers for their website. Speak on issues related to LGBTQ+ people, feminism, or pop culture topics.

Homeschoolers Anonymous is accepting submissions for their blog’s Gender Rainbow series featuring stories from trans, non-binary, or gender nonconforming people who are currently or have been homeschooled. The series will begin posting January 16 and will continue throughout the month.

Random House’s digital-only imprint Hydra has open submissions for completed works in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror categories. There is no word count limit for submissions, but full-length works of 40,000 words or more are preferred. Accepted writers will be assigned to a Random House editor, marketer, and publicist. Response time is usually 2-4 weeks.

Kotaku is hiring a Senior Writer and a Staff Writer for full-time, remote positions.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is seeking an Editor,Digital Marketing Coordinator, a Designer, and a Front End Developer and Graphic Designer in New York. They’re also looking to fill other positions.

The Mary Sue is looking for new contributors, particularly those with opinions on the current sociopolitical climate.

NerdyPOC is looking for new writers for commentary on pop culture. Expected submission is once every one or two weeks.

The Offing is accepting submissions in many area of writing, including science, personal essays, and poetry.

Pink Narcissus Press is seeking complete novel and novella manuscripts of 50,000 words or more. They are interested in well-written but non-mainstream speculative fiction with strong elements of sci-fi or fantasy.

Sky Pony Press is accepting submissions for picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA fiction and nonfiction.

Slack is looking for a brand copywriter, designers, and design interns in San Francisco.

StArt Faire Magazine is seeking interviewers, reviews, tutorials, and prose for their monthly e-magazine.

ThinkProgress is accepting pitches from freelance writers on topics such as climate policy, economy, reproductive rights, refugees, diverse perspectives, and more. Read here for guidelines on how to pitch.

Videodame is seeking contributors for their monthly guest residency. Contributors will be paid $50 for 1-4 pieces about or inspired by games and gaming culture.

Women Write About Comics is looking for female and nonbinary contributors in the new year. If you’d like to offer in-depth and nuanced critique of comics and related pop culture, please apply.

Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!


Becca Hillburn of Nattosoup uploaded more in her Watercolor Basics series, including a tutorial on adding shadows and adding in other details. She also released a video showing how lighting affects local color, along with a video studio tour, a demonstration of November’s Sketchbox and Artsnacks, and a gesture figure drawing timelapse.

Becca Hillburn is not only a provider of extensive, honest, and high-quality product reviews and tutorials, she’s a full-time comic artist and illustrator passionate about children’s lit and helping others. Check out her store, her book, or her Patreon and send her a “thank you” message if you can!

The Center for Cartoon Studies has a One-Week Cartooning Workout available to you for free through email sign up.

The Creative Market offers new free resources each week. Sign up via email to be alerted each Monday!

Jessica Hische has created and shared a tool to help generate emails between creators and their clients.

OMI is hosting a giveaway on her Instagram! Follow, like, and leave a comment here for a chance to win a cool Pokemon keychain. Plus, you’ll get to see all of OMI’s amazing art!


Avery Hill is having a 20% sale until tomorrow, January 7, with code AHP20.

Now through January 16, Barnes and Noble is having a buy 2 get 1 free sale on Viz manga.

DigiCel Flipbook is having a 70% off sale on their 2D animation software using code “HappyNewYear” at checkout.

Now through January 11, humblebundle.com and Kodansha are offering digital science fiction manga by Tsutomu Nihei worth $185 for as little as free. Buying the Humble Bundle supports your pick of three charities (or the option to select your own).

Jerry’s Art-A-Rama is having a sale with hundreds of art supplies on sale for $1 and $2. Check it out!

Kodansha is having a line-wide sale of their digital comics. All Kodansha comics on all digital platforms are on sale for up to 50% off.

Liz Staley‘s e-publisher is having a sale, which means her ebook and video tutorials on Manga Studio 5/Clip Studio Paint are only $5.

Remember to check Dick Blick, Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, Joann, and Michael’s for their weekly ads, coupons, and specials.


Scholarpitch is giving away 2 passes to the upcoming BookExpo 2017. Apply here by January 15 if you are a PoC, Native American, or LGBTQIAP+ book blogger. Travel expenses not included.

Everyone Is Gay is offering a free holiday e-care package Where the Love Light Gleams. Submit your email to receive it for free!

Follow cetriya and comment in this journal for a free advance reader copy of Axiom: A Parallax.

That’s it for this week! Look out for another post next week with these categories and possibly more. Is there something you’d like to see more of? Something you know about but don’t see here? Comments and suggestions as this year comes to a close and a new one begins? Let me know!

Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – December 30, 2016

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