Weekly Roundup: August 2, 2019

Welcome to Paper Cat Press’s 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!

WARNING! Some content below may feature NSFW content. Links will be marked NSFW! when the content identifies itself as adult material.

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  • If you follow Paper Cat Press on WordPress, the emails you receive when I post may wind up in your Spam folders, even if you check the emails every week. Be sure to check, and mark as “Not Spam”! I will create a new mailing list in April soon that will hopefully address this.
  • SPX has created a legal aid fund in support of 11 indie artists and an indie publisher who are faced with a defamation lawsuit because they spoke out against another creator’s alleged pattern of sexual abuse. Please support their cause and send the message that survivors of sexual assault do not feel afraid to speak out against their abusers and supporters of victims should not pay for an abuser’s crimes.

Social Resources

Remember to rest, eat, and drink water when you can. Take care of yourself the best that you can. You, your presence, and your work have an incredible impact on the people around you. You should be here.


The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity is accepting applications from US libraries and staff who overcome adversity and create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. A $10,000 cash award will be given to a US library, and four runners-up will receive $1,000 in Penguin Random House books.

The Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards is accepting submissions of works of horror created by women (cis or trans) until December 31. The awards will be announced in 2020.

The Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction will announce its winners on February 14, 2020. While there is no formal submissions process and judges are tasked with making note of memorable romance fiction, you are welcome to submit your work for consideration.

Crowdfunded Projects


Hope Nicholson is currently raising funds to produce Love After the End, a young adult anthology featuring short stories by Indigenous authors with Two-Spirit & Queer heroes. Edited by Joshua Whitehead, the anthology is approximately 120 pages long and will be published by Bedside Press. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital and physical copies of Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time, and its audiobook. The Kickstarter ends on August 7.


button_new3 Greg Anderson Elysee is currently raising funds to produce Marassa #2. The treasure-hunting space adventure comic book follows Princess Mara and her twin brother Sa, who finds a map to their late parent’s lost treasure. Tier options include digital and physical copies of issues 1 and 2, art prints, additional comics, and a cameo in Marassa. The Kickstarter ends on August 9.


button_new3 Lucky Pocket Press is currently raising funds to purchase a risograph printer to serve its artist collective. This independent publishing press seeks to work directly with artists to keep their printing costs low and facilitate the creation of unique merchandise for its members. Tier options include an enamel pin, a tote bag, their press’ first comic Dear Basil, a Dear Basil figure, and a crewneck top. The Kickstarter ends on August 14.


button_new3 Lynne M. Thomas is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to fund Uncanny Magazine Year 6: Raise the Roof, Raise the Rates! The Hugo Award-winning magazine publishes science fiction and fantasy fiction, poetry, prose, and provocative nonfiction, and funds raised will be used to pay contributors, staff, and related costs. Tier options include digital copies of issues, a subscription to year 6, print copies of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, podcast access, postcards, autographed books, manuscript critiques, and more! the Kickstarter ends on August 14.


button_new3 Megan Purdy of Bleating Heart Press is currently raising funds to produce BUN & TEA #1. This first issue will contain 65 pages of content–about 50 pages of comics, and about 15 pages of fun magazine-like trimming, such as quizzes. Tier options include digital and physical copies of issue #1, and a print. The Kickstarter ends on August 15.


button_new3 Bones McKay and Ursula Gray are currently raising funds to produce The Scourge of Ninepoint: Issue #2. The Scourge of Ninepoint is an epic fantasy with a cast of anthropomorphic animals, to be told in 9 volumes total. Tier options include digital and physical copies of issues 1 and 2, an enamel pin, a t-shirt, and an illustration. The Kickstarter ends on August 15.


button_new3 Marie Enger is currently raising funds to produce The Bones of This Place. The Bones of This Place is a 48 page, 9×6, hardcover graphic homage to loneliness and unwanted transformation. Tier options include digital and hardcover versions of the book, original artwork, a sticker, a patch, and a hand-knitted wool hood. The Kickstarter ends on August 16.


The updated Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 Infographic is now available. Unfortunately, “children’s literature continues to misrepresent underrepresented communities.”

button_new3 Cartuna is seeking manga-style illustrators and/or anime-style animators for a project in NYC.

button_new3 Jaleesa Rosario of the University of Michigan is looking for Black creators and creators of color who do business online as artists to fill out an anonymized survey. Participants will receive a small stipend for their time.

The Kurodahan Press Translation Prize is accepting entries until end of day September 30, Japan time. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of 30,000 yen and a contract for publication for an additional payment to the winner.

The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!

Rory Polanco is seeking feedback about a potential book subscription service “LGBTQube.”

Did you or will you table in an artist alley in the US in 2019? Take the 2019 Artist Alley Convention Survey here. The results of the 2018 survey are available here.

The Comic Tea Party is a weekly book club for webcomics. Participate in the Discord chat weekly on Thursdays at 5pm to 7pm PST. Sign your comic up for a chance to have it read and discussed in the group!


Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide that’s updated daily. You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.comSee Entertainment Careers for more listings.

Comics, Illustration, and More

  • button_new3 Bedside Press is providing pitch feedback, crowdfunding mentorship, and publication advice for free.
  • The Comics Workforce Study is now available. Thank you Sasha Bassett for all of your work in collecting and parsing this data!
  • button_new3 The Fantasy Fashion Zine is accepting submissions of illustrations and writing until August 17. Contributors will receive about 2.5% of total profits and a digital copy of the zine.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Industrial, due today, August 2Oceanography, due August 9; and The Third Dimension, due August 17.
  • DigiComix is accepting applications from artists comfortable with drawing muscular, “jock”-like men for the upcoming “Ghost Bros” comic until August 15.
  • Fiyah Lit Mag is accepting applications from artists who wish to do cover work until August 20.
  • Webtoon is giving away 300 Clip Studio Paint licenses. You can enter by submitting artwork of your original character holding a sign that reads #WEBTOONCanvasSweeps until August 25. For more details, click here.
  • button_new3 Arledge Comics is accepting submissions of comics, illustrations, and short stories for upcoming multi-book anthology collection Legends and Lore: Titans and Tradition until August 31.
  • button_new3 MediBang Paint is hosting the Famous Novels Illustration Contest. Illustrators can create work inspired by on of the famous literary works listed and submit until August 30 for a chance at cash prizes.
  • Old Growth Press is currently accepting submissions of poetry, prose, or art-focused comics that speaks to the experience of being a BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2S+ individual, from Canada-based creators, and particularly from BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks, until September 1.
  • The Blobby Horror Zine is accepting work until September 20. Selected contributors will not be compensated, but will be provided with files to print and sell the finished zine.
  • The JUMP Paint Global Artistic Manga Award is accepting entries until September 24. Entries must be over 3 pages and submitted through the JUMP Paint app, and can be either original works or based on title selected by the JUMP editing team.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting entires for its 12th competition with the theme “New Beginning” until September 30.
  • Sinister Wisdom is seeking fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, and visual art from Asian lesbians until September 30. There is no mention of how contributors will be compensated.
  • Object Head Zine: Science and Technology is accepting submissions until October 2. Entries will be accepted provided that the follows the theme and rules. The zine will be available digitally for free.

Check out Arts for LA, Call for Entry, College Art OpportunitiesGraphic Competitions, or Hey, Art Friends 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 Chris Arrant’s #ComicJobs hashtag on Twitter. Check Comic Ops to see opportunities specifically for comic creators.

Conventions and Events

Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including NorWesCon, the Locus Awards weekend, the Nebula Conference, and more.

Here’s a list of international zine fests brought to you by ZINES!


Fan Zines

  • button_new3 Polyethylene, a DMMD Fashion Zine, is accepting applications from artists until August 17. Proceeds will be donated to an undecided charity.
  • Palingenesis, a Fate Grand Order fanzine, is currently accepting applications from writers and artists until August 25. All proceeds will be donated to GREFA.

Looking for more fan zines to submit to? Check out this spreadsheet created by magicalzombie for more! Have a finished zine project you want to advertise? Check out Zine RTer!


Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide that’s updated daily.

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • (Cornish, NH) The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency is currently accepting applications until August 15. The fellowship lasts from October 15 to November 15 and includes a $3,000 honorarium.
  • Jillian Tamaki is accepting applications for mentees until August 15. Two mentees will be selected – one in Toronto, and one located anywhere.
  • The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is accepting applications for the 2020 Margins Fellowship until September 9. Four emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins.
  • button_new3 The ABR Indigenous Fellowship, worth $10,000, is accepting proposals from emerging or established Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers, journalists, commentators, scholars, activists, and creative writers until October 1.  The fellowship recipient will be expected to contribute three high-quality nonfiction articles to the Australian Book Review.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


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

Voice Acting

button_new3 PodCastle is seeking a masc-presenting Russian narrator for a lightly comedic piece.

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

Writing and Editing

  • endingbutton_4 Bitch Media is seeking submissions for issue #85, “Sanctuary,” until August 6.
  • Name and None is seeking submissions from trans/non-binary/two-spirit/genderqueer creators for its third issue until August 9. Contributors receive a small honorarium.
  • GAY Magazine is seeking submissions regarding pain until August 17. The magazine pays $1 per word.
  • button_new3 Uncanny Magazine is accepting submissions of short stories until August 29.
  • button_new3 The TLC Free Reads Scheme for low-income writers in the UK is accepting applications until August 30. Women writers, disabled writers, BAME writers, and members of the LGBQT community are particularly invited to apply.
  • Lee & Low Books is accepting picture book and middle grade/young adult manuscripts from previously unpublished writers of color and Native/Indigenous writers for two opportunities until August 31. The New Voices Award is for picture book manuscripts, and the New Visions Award is for middle grade/young adult manuscripts. Winners of each contest receive a cash prize of $2,000 and a standard publishing contract with Lee & Low Books.
  • Vestal Review is seeking flash fiction of 1,000 words or less by first and second generation immigrants until August 31. Writers can be immigrants in any country, but stories should reference or involve America. A small honorarium and a copy of the book will be provided to contributors, but contributors from outside the US will not receive a print copy.
  • Old Growth Press is currently accepting submissions of poetry, prose, or art-focused comics that speaks to the experience of being a BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2S+ individual, from Canada-based creators, and particularly from BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks, until September 1.
  • button_new3 Bronzeville Books is seeking horror short stories from Latinx and AfroLatinx writers for the upcoming anthology Latinx Screams until September 13.
  • Avon Books is accepting submissions of Adult HEA or HFN romance from unagented authors until September 15. #OwnVoices is highly encouraged, and writers of all gender identity, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, national origin and ability are invited to apply.
  • Sinister Wisdom is seeking fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, and visual art from Asian lesbians until September 30. There is no mention of how contributors will be compensated.
  • Belt Publishing is seeking nonfiction narratives for an anthology about queer experiences in the Midwest, Appalachia, Plains, and Rust Belt until October 1.
  • Professor Grace Dillon is accepting submissions from emerging writers for “Imaging Indigenous Futurisms,” the 10th Annual Science Fiction Writing Contest, for a $1,000 award until November 1.

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

Youth & Internships



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.


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? Let me know! 


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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – July 26, 2019



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