Weekly Roundup – March 10, 2017

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Hello! 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.

Want to jump to a specific section? Use the links below:
Helping Others || Awards || Recent Webcomic Debuts || Crowdfunded Projects || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Mentorships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, Fellowships, and Grants || Teaching || Typesetting || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


Helping Others

Are you a US resident wondering what to do about recent executive orders, gag orders, cabinet confirmations, and the future of your country? Sign up with 5calls.org to find out who to call about specific, pressing issues and what to say. Countable is also an informative resource (though I’ve personally been having issues with the app).

Here’s a free, open source Resistance Manual.

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, check translawhelp.org for pro bono services in your state.

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.


Awards

Qualified voters can select up to 4 people for the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Awards. Here are the bios and some works of the nominated artists. Voting is open until today, March 10.

Entries from publishers and creators are now being accepted for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Submit by March 24 to be considered.

The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award is also accepting nominations until April 7. Vote for your favorite comic book retailer to thank them for contributing to the awesome world of comics.

The Barbara Laronde Award is accepting nominations of self-identified indigenous female emerging artists living in Northern Ontario until May 1.

SPX is accepting submissions of comics for their Ignatz Awards. Submissions of comics are not required for potential nomination, however. Any books mailed in must be received by June 7.


Recent Webcomic Debuts

Check out last week’s webcomic debuts, as well as February’s mid-month list of debuts.


Crowdfunded Projects

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Golden Medal – a Yuri on Ice!! Fanbook is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of a Yuri on Ice fanbook. The book will have 136 pages of full color illustrations and exclusive comics created by more than 55 Latinx artists. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the fanbook, stickers, prints, and acrylic charms. The Kickstarter ends on March 15.


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Femme Magnifique is holding a Kickstarter to fund the printing, production, and fulfillment of its anthology. Femme Magnifique will include over 50 artists and writers whose comics will tell the stories of 30 women trailblazers of the past and present day. Tier options include digital and print versions of the book, postcards, pins, patches, stickers, prints, commissions, a cameo in the anthology, a meet and greet with curators and creators of the Kickstarter, and the opportunity to book Kristy Miller as a guest speaker. The Kickstarter ends March 16.


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Namesake: Volume 3 is running a Kickstarter to pay for the print edition of Namesake third volume, which will include Intermission 2, Chapters 11-15, and various extras. Namesake tells the story of two sisters—one who can travel to other words, and one who can write them into reality—and their journeys through the universes of fairy tales, stories, and legends. Tier options include digital, softcover, and hardcover versions of the book, previous Namesake volumes, original comic pages, a bonus comic, signed and illustrated bookplates, 2 digital wallpapers, stickers, prints, and plushes. The Kickstarter ends on March 16.


7strengths

Seven Strengths: A Coloring Book for Resiliency is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of its coloring book. The book will include at least 28 line drawings to color, 16 activities, and survival strategies that are seen in the natural world. Tier options include digital and print copies of the book, prints, postcards, and issues 1 and 2 of Bioluminescent Lisp and Merethe’s Heart. The Kickstarter ends on March 17.


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BlerDCon: Diverse Anime, Cosplay, Comics, Gaming & Geek Con is running a Kickstarter to help provide additional content, guests, panelists, and performers to their 24-hour convention. The convention itself is already funded thanks to a partnership with EMConsultants, LLC., but additional funding via the Kickstarter will help BlerDCon further its efforts to include veteran, disabled, LGBTQ+, and international fans, as well as advocacy and support groups. The Kickstarter ends on March 19.


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Husband and Husband Volume 1 is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of their first 100-page volume. The comics cover the fictional and biographical daily lives of two husbands. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Husband and Husband, original art, and a cameo in the comic. The Kickstarter ends March 24.


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Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction (Volume 2) is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of its second book, along with the payment of the artists involved. The second volume of Dates! will include over 218 pages of black and white comics, 13 full color illustrations, and 2 short prose stories featuring queer historical fiction with happy endings. Tier options include the digital or physical copy of the book, a digital copy of the first volume, bonus comics and illustrations, a digital desktop, an enamel pin, historical fiction written on the topic of your choice, art commissions, and original comic pages. The Kickstarter ends on March 25.


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Mark of the Conifer: An Epic Fantasy Dinosaur Novel is running a Kickstarter to fund, its production. The illustrated novel tells the story of a young raptor warrior and will feature about 500 pages of content with 100 full color illustrations and 120,000 words of text. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book in softcover and hardcover, bookmarks, stickers, papercraft patterns, a print, and a plushie. The Kickstarter ends on April 7.


100days100women

Rori is collecting funds for the printing of a 24″ x 36″ poster featuring the portraits of her #100Days100Women series. Funds collected will support the printing of posters purchased through the crowdfunding campaign along with additional copies to be donated to schools and libraries. The campaign ends in April.


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The Queers and Comics Conference, in partnership with Prism Comics, is hosting a Travel Fund through Indiegogo’s Generosity platform. Donate funds to provide queer creators with travel funds to attend the conference on April 14 and 15. Donation tiers include benefits, such as digital and physical copies of books, postcards, t-shirts, and commissions from queer creators.


Creative Opportunities

General

Do you play games regularly? Fill out this survey on Representations of Diversity in Games to inform future game developers.

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

SXSW Create has space available for companies with a focus on 3D printing, drones, biohacking, hardware, science, technology, bio-art, hacker/maker spaces, robots, STEAM, or artists. Underwritten space is available for educators, amateur innovators/makers, early stage startup companies, or other members of the maker and creative community.

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!

Animation

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, DisneyNickelodeon, and others have a number of open full-time, part-time, freelance, and remote positions available, including those in social media, editing, and teaching.

Comics, Illustration, and More

 

Threadless is accepting submissions to their ludicrous challenge until March 10. They also have a challenge with the 90s as a subject! You can submit designs outside of contests anytime here.

The Blue Exorcist Zine Project is accepting applications through March 12.

The Final Fantasy Franchise 30th Anniversary fanzine is accepting applications until March 14.

Built on Strange Ground is accepting pitches consisting of creepy, eerie, and strange nonfiction personal accounts. Selected contributors will be paid $50/page. Submit by March 15 for consideration.

The IUD Zine is accepting submissions until March 15. Any person of any gender with any kind of experience with IUDs of any variety are welcome to submit. The zine is not for profit and will be available for free online.

The Voltron Legendary Defender Risque Zine is accepting applications though March 15. Contributors will receive a copy of the final zine, and possibly split profits after printing and fulfillment costs are determined.

Vrepit Sa: A Galra Fanzine celebrating the Galra from Voltron: Legendary Defenders, is accepting applications from artists until March 17.

Shousetsu Bang*Bang’s Special Issue #12 illustrations are due by March 18. (These are unpaid opportunities for participation in NSFW 18+ fiction e-magazines)

Signups for CURRENTS, a fanzine for the character Lance from Voltron: Legendary Defenders, are open until March 19. Writers and artists are welcome.

@tiniestllama is looking for logo/mascot artwork. They will pay $200, but need the work finished by March 24.

Cicada is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and comics for their issue on Hauntings until March 27. They also have a call for submissions for an issue on aliens due by April 27 and an issue on puppets and dolls due by May 27.

The Farewell Zine, a fanzine celebrating the third-year seniors of Haikyuu, is accepting applications from artists and writers until March 27.

StArt Faire is accepting submissions of comics and advertisements for their online monthly comic magazine. Issue 13’s submissions are due on March 29.

The Bad Girls Bad Girls digital zine is accepting submissions until on a rolling basis through March 31. WIPs are due by March 10. All proceeds from digital sales will go to Planned Parenthood. WIPs must be completed and submitted by February 28, with final art due March 18.

Empire of Lies: An Anti-Trump Art Zine is accepting submissions until March 31. The zine will be sold digitally, with proceeds donated to IPPF (the International Planned Parenthood Federation).

Secrets of the Goat People #2, released by Women Write About Comics, is accepting submissions of prose, comics, and illustration based on the theme of “resistance” until March 31.

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.

Yaoi Con is hosting a Mascot Contest. Illustrate two new mascots for the chance to win a full weekend pass and an artist alley table. Your art will also be featured throughout the con. Contest ends 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.

A Voltron Tarot Cards project is seeking submissions until April 17. Participants will be paid via Paypal depending on the amount raised after production is complete.

Resist! Volume 2 is accepting submissions for their not-for-profit zine until May, though artists are encouraged to submit early and often. The first volume was distributed for free at inauguration protests, but the second volume will be available for a low cost at bookstores and comic stores nationwide, with plans to make copies available to schools and libraries. Women, minorities, and international artists are encouraged to submit.

For the Scribes is accepting submissions for their first issue of the Fresh Ink anthology until May 1. The theme is “Also Liberation.” Poetry, fiction, other prose, and comic submissions are welcome. No information provided on crediting, rights, or pay.

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.

The Yaoi Army is accepting submissions for a BL anthology with the theme “Life and Death” until May 3. Illustrators will receive $250 and comic artists will be paid $20/page if the Kickstarter funds.

San Japan, a convention in San Antonio, Texas, is running two art contests with two winners for each. Two T-Shirt Contest winners will each receive an Artist Alley table and four convention badges. Two Mega Art Contest winners will each receive an Artist Alley table and four convention badges. Read here for more information. T-Shirt contest entries are due May 20, and Mega Art contest entries are due June 1.

Lilies Anthology is accepting submissions for their third issue until May 25. Check out the recently released issue 2 or issue 1.

A Legend of Zelda zine is accepting submissions of art until June 14. No information is provided about payment or distribution.

Rebel Mountain Press is accepting submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork from LGBTQ2 people living in Canada. Submissions are due by June 30.

Taking the Lane #15: True Trans Bike Rebel is accepting submissions of short fiction (500-2500 words), illustrations, and photography until July 1. Payment to be split among contributors after the zine is crowdfunded.


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

The Brave Some is seeking submissions of short stories, prose, essays, reviews, and visual art by creators who identify as black and/or brown women and femmes.

Double Fine is accepting applications for environment artists, technical artists, art directors, and more.

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.

Jerry’s Art-A-Rama hosts a number of art contests, some ongoing and some requiring specific materials. Here’s one for ArtBites canvas panels (ongoing), a self portrait contest (ends April 30), and ongoing contests/giveaways for how much you’ve saved at Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, sharing a photo of a button given with orders over $25,  and explaining why you use Jerry’s Art-A-Rama.

Lore Lush Publishing is accepting applications for cover artists.

Makers in Malaysia is accepting registration applications for their upcoming English language zine celebrating the work of Malaysian creators.

Miss Anthology is hiring staff in Portland, OR to teach female and genderqueer teens 13-18 about comics.

The Trans Embodiment Zine is seeking submissions from artists and writers on a rolling basis for their monthly zine. No information is available about payment or publishing rights.

Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books, is actively seeking graphic novels for young readers starring Native and Muslim characters. Here are their submission guidelines for illustrators.

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. Check Comic Ops to see opportunities specifically for comic creators.

Conventions and Events

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

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Conosaurus has put out their first Weekly Convention Digest! Check it out and please support their Patreon!


Amazing Comic Con, taking place June 23-25 in Las Vegas, is accepting applications for exhibitors.

Anime CTX is accepting applications to their artist alley. Once all tables are sold, artists will be placed on a waitlist.

The Bloomington Zine Fest is accepting applications for their fest on April 8 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is accepting vendor applications for their September 28-October 1 convention until March 31.

Central Texas College GeekFest 2017 is accepting applications for their artist alley.

The Chattanooga Zine Fest is accepting applications until April 13.

The Claremont Zine Fest is accepting applications for their Claremont, CA fest until March 17.

The East LA Comic Con, taking place in East LA on May 20, is accepting applications for their artist alley.

Tables are still available for FLAMECon, held in New York in August.

GeekGirlCon is accepting applications for exhibitor space at their October 2017 convention.

ICE CREAM 2017, The Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media, is currently accepting applications for table space for the event on April 8.

MICE exhibitor applications are open through March 31.

The Olympia Comics Festival is accepting applicants until May 17.

San Japan, a convention in San Antonio, Texas, is running two art contests with two winners for each. Two T-Shirt Contest winners will each receive an Artist Alley table and four convention badges. Two Mega Art Contest winners will each receive an Artist Alley table and four convention badges. Read here for more information. T-Shirt contest entries are due May 20, and Mega Art contest entries are due June 1.

STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo is accepting applications for exhibitor spaces at their September convention in Texas.

The Vermont Comic Con is accepting applications for its artist alley on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Women in Comics Con 2017 is accepting vendor applications for their March 25 convention in New York.

The Hand Eye Society is holding an open call for videogames to showcase on-site at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (May 13th and 14th) as part of this year’s Comics x Games 6. Submit by March 21 to be considered. Table space is limited, though, so aim to submit as soon as possible.

Follow Con Calendar on Twitter or download the ConCon app to stay updated on convention schedules!

Mentorships

The Representation Matters Mentorship Program is accepting applications on a rolling basis 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.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

2 spots have opened for the Writing Cross Culturally Workshop taking place March 9-13 in Tennessee. Apply here to be considered.

Miss Anthology is offering enrollment to their free comic workshops in Portland, OR for female and genderqueer teens aged 13-18.

The Trailer Blaze Ladies’ Comics Retreat is accepting applications from nonbinary and woman-identifying artists until March 15. Ten women artists will spend five days in Long Beach, Washington

The Boston Public Library Writer-In-Residence Program is accepting applications until April 14. Recipients will receive a $20,000 stipend and office space in exchange for working 19 hours a week at the Boston Public Library. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, scripts, or poetry are welcome to apply.

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

Scholarships, Sponsorships, Fellowships, and Grants

We Need Diverse Books is accepting applications for their 2017 WNDB Internship Grant. Five recipients will be awarded $2500 each to help with living costs or other expenses related to participating in a publishing house’s internship program.

The First Annual Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship is accepting applications until March 15. The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas’ Writer’s Block for the month of June 2017, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. There is no fee to apply. Applicants must either be an immigrant, a first-generation American, a resident of Montana, or a parent with at least one child under the age of 5.

The Scholarship from Hell is accepting applications through March 15. This scholarship will provide domestic coach airfare to and from Long Beach, CA, a 4-night stay on the Queen Mary April 27-30, free registration to StokerCon 2017, and workshop attendance.

GLAADGrants has applications open to film producers until March 24. Awards of either $2500 or $5000, social media support, and mentorships will be provided to recipients of the grant.

The Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship is accepting applications until April 30. Five fellowships of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets in the U.S. through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine.

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

Teaching

Miss Anthology is hiring staff in Portland, OR to teach female and genderqueer teens 13-18 about comics.

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

Typesetting

Digital Manga has positions open for freelance manga letterers.

Voice Acting

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

Writing and Editing

Written submissions for Shousetsu Bang*Bang’s Special Issue #12 are due March 14. This is an unpaid opportunity for participation in NSFW 18+ fiction e-magazine.

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.

WisCon 41 is seeking submissions for its Souvenir Book. Submit essays of 500 to 1000 words describing topics both historic and current that are relevant to the WisCon community. Writers will be paid $20 upon publication. Submit by March 15.

Signups for CURRENTS, a fanzine for the character Lance from Voltron: Legendary Defenders, are open until March 19. Writers and artists are welcome.

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 2 is accepting submissions until March 20.

Cicada is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and comics for their issue on Hauntings until March 27. They also have a call for submissions for an issues on aliens due by April 27 and an issue on puppets and dolls due by May 27.

The Farewell Zine, a fanzine celebrating the third-year seniors of Haikyuu, is accepting applications from artists and writers until March 27.

From March 1 to March 31, the DC Comic Writers Workshop will accept applications. Those accepted will receive access to a 13-week video workshop to help develop a portfolio with writing for DC Comics.

StArt Faire is accepting submissions of reviews, recommendations, interviews, short stories, and creative resources for their online monthly comic magazine. Issue 13’s submissions are due on March 29.

Glass Poetry Press is accepting submissions of poetry chapbooks through March 31.

Metaphysical Circus Press is accepting applications from Native American or otherwise indigenous writers for their New Voices contest through March 31, 2017. Here’s a guide on their desired style and content.

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.

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 March 31 for consideration for this paid opportunity.

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.

Secrets of the Goat People #2, released by Women Write About Comics, is accepting submissions of prose, comics, and illustration based on the theme of “resistance” until March 31.

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room is accepting applications from writers of underrepresented racial groups for their Writers’ Room Fellowship until 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.

Arcturus is accepting entries for 3 writing contests until April 1. There is a $5 reading fee with all works, and a chance at a $100 prize for those selected.

The Enough/Enough Anthology is accepting submissions from trans and non-binary survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault through April 30. Resources for survivors are also linked here.

FIYAH, a magazine of black speculative fiction, is accepting submissions for their Sundown Towns issue. Submissions close April 30.

Platypus Press is accepting submissions of emotional, vulnerable poetry for the anthology A Portrait in Blues until April 30.

For the Scribes is accepting submissions for their first issue of the Fresh Ink anthology until May 1. The theme is “Also Liberation.” Poetry, fiction, other prose, and comic submissions are welcome. No information provided on crediting, rights, or pay.

Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color is seeking submissions from queer poets of color until June 1.

Rebel Mountain Press is accepting submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork from LGBTQ2 people living in Canada. Submissions are due by June 30.

Indivisible We Stand is accepting submissions from women-identifying writers until July 1. Stories of resistance, protest, and the fight for women’s rights of 1000 to 5000 words are welcome.

Taking the Lane #15: True Trans Bike Rebel is accepting submissions of short fiction (500-2500 words), illustrations, and photography until July 1. Payment to be split among contributors after the zine is crowdfunded.


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

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

Asymptote is accepting submissions of literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry from the seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) directly affected by Trump’s travel ban. Contributors will be paid $200 per feature. Submissions are also being accepted on a rolling basis for other contributors and submission styles.

The Brave Some is seeking submissions of short stories, prose, essays, reviews, and visual art by creators who identify as black and/or brown women and femmes.

Carnation Books is accepting submissions and welcomes fanfiction writers seeking to transition into publishing their original writing content. They are also accepting applications for plot and line/style editors and marketing interns.

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.

Geeks of Color is looking for news reporters to contribute two stories per week.

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

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.

Lillium Publishing is accepting fiction manuscripts, either standalone books or series, in a number of genres, including urban romance and erotica.

Lore Lush Publishing is accepting manuscript submissions in a number of genres. Diverse and inclusive works are prioritized. They also have open positions for editors, publicists, and more.

Makers in Malaysia is accepting registration applications for their upcoming English language zine celebrating the work of Malaysian creators.

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

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

On She Goes is seeking pitches and ideas about women of color and traveling. Tips, insight, and anecdotes are welcome.

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.

pnk prl is accepting submissions of blackout/erasure poetry from LGBTQ+ writers until further notice. Please source the origin of the original source.

The Quill is accepting submissions of stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Check here for their submission guidelines and pay scale.

Sapphire Books is accepting submissions of lesbian fiction, particularly within the genres of romance, mystery/intrigue with romantic elements, and young adult.

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

Swoon Reads is accepting submissions of complete novels for young adult and new adult fiction.

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.

The Trans Embodiment Zine is seeking submissions from artists and writers on a rolling basis for their monthly zine. No information is available about payment or publishing rights.

Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books, is actively seeking graphic novels for young readers starring Native and Muslim characters. There is also a call for written submissions of books that incorporate LGBTQ+ experiences and/or feature characters with disabilities.

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 seeking contributors for their new Books section.

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

Youth

Check out Comics Club, a new blog that highlights and connects comics clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators. Comics Club is currently hoping to hear from teachers and other educators, existing comics clubs, or members of the community with insight to offer or events to share.

GirlsWhoCode’s Summer Immersion Program is accepting applications for its free nationwide program. Check here to see if there’s a city near you offering a program.

Miss Anthology is offering enrollment to their free comic workshops in Portland, OR for female and genderqueer teens aged 13-18.

The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is accepting applications from young aspiring journalists aged 10-14 until May 31.

Vancouver Island students in grade 8 through 12 are invited to submit to “In Your Own Voice 2017,” a teen anthology to be published by Rebel Mountain Press. Written works and visual art are welcome. Submit by March 31 to be considered. Selected contributors will receive a copy of the zine, and winners of the contest will receive cash prizes sponsored by Vancouver Island Regional Libraries.

We Need Diverse Books is accepting applications from primary/elementary schools until March 15 for the chance to receive ten free books each.

Resources

Ahmed Beyrouthi shared great tips on rendering using gradients and opacity. Thank you Ahmed!

Becca Hillburn of Nattosoup shared blog posts about Comic Roughs, Character Design, and One Layer Watercolor. She also posted videos on Adding Shadows in Watercoloring,  A Tutorial on Rendering, and Swatches of the Diamine Shimmertastic Inks.

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.

Check out this tumblr for great photo references of creases and folds on shirts in various positions. Thanks Michael!

 

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

Genice is posting tips each week. This week’s tip is on color. Here are tips on overall composition, grouping, and visual hierarchy. Thanks Genice!

 

Jetpens released a blog on Paper Notebooks.

Deals

Jerry’s Art-A-Rama has an ongoing “Buy It, Try It” sale with hundreds of art supplies on sale for $1 and $2.

Remember to check ComiXologyDick Blick, Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, JoannMichael’s, and RightStuf for their weekly ads, coupons, and specials on comics and art supplies.

Giveaways

Yatta-Tachi is hosting a giveaway for 3-month subscriptions to Crunchyroll. Submit your email for one entry, and additional information for additional entries. 3 people will be selected. Entry submission closes on March 14.

Goodreads constantly offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres.


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!

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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – February 24, 2017

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