Weekly Roundup: August 23, 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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  • 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


NSFW! Tab Kimpton is currently raising funds to produce Come Together: A European Anthology of Erotic Comics. The 180-page full-color comic anthology features 13 erotic stories based on the theme of “reunion.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a book signed by all contributors, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on August 31.


Lucy Kagan is currently raising funds to produce the fourth issue in witchy anthology series Hazel: A Witches’ Lifestyle Zine, Issue IV: Ritual. The full-color book features the comics, prose, artwork, and how-tos on the theme of Ritual, all inspired by finding magic in the everyday, personal growth, and building friendships. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, PDFs of past issues, stickers, prints, wooden pins, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on August 31.


ComixCentral is currently raising funds to produce ComixCentral Presents: The Best of Indie Anthology 2019. The all-ages anthology features 15 stories told in over 100 pages of comics created by 28 creators located worldwide. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the comic, a t-shirt, a full-page ad in the book, and a digital ad on ComixCentral.com. The Kickstarter ends on September 1.


Eddy Hedington is currently raising funds to produce Monster Mashup Comic Anthology. The 152-page comic anthology features 21 stories by 47 creators that feature monsters from the public domain mashed up with other creatures from legends and lore. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book and an 11×17″ print. The Kickstarter ends on September 1.


button_new3 Caytlin Vilbrandt is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Tamberlane Chapter 3. After a human child named Tamberlane winds up in the care of bat Belfry, the animal citizens of Treehollow work to unravel the mysteries of their ward in this PG13 LGBTQIA+ created comic. Tier options include digital and physical copies ofChapter 3, digital and physical copies of chapters 1 and 2, a print, a sticker, a signed bookplate, and a personalized sketch. The Kickstarter ends on September 4.


button_new3 Morrighan Corbel is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Giclée Prints of “The Place That Isn’t.” Inspired by a local cottage, the piece being printed is an homage to “quiet, dilapidated places that exist in a world that takes value only from commercial gain.” Tier options include digital prints, giclée prints, and hand-embellished giclée prints. The Kickstarter ends on September 4.


button_new3 Robyn Chapman is currently raising funds to publish American Cult: A Comics Anthology. The anthology, consisting of about 180 black-and-white pages of comics, covers various cults in the United States through a journalistic and humanizing lens. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the anthology,  postcard, special author bundles featuring additional content created by contributors, and more. The Kickstarter ends on September 6.


button_new3 King Skull Comics is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish Strange Encounters. The 64-page full-color anthology features magic, mystery, and supernatural adaptations of prose and completely original comics. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book and a print. The Kickstarter ends on September 6.


button_new3 Lindsay Moore of Hellcat Press is currently raising funds to produce Dark Lady Returns: A Horrifying Anthology. The anthology features all-female contributors with over 200 pages of original horror comics. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital obituary, a print, Hellcat Press’s previous anthologies, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on September 10.


button_new3 Abi is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce a set of pride-themed cowboy hat enamel pins. Following the success of a sticker set with the same artwork, Abi decided to produce enamel pins, seeking to expand the flags represented with crowdsourced funding. Tier options include up to four enamel pins and the option of stickers. The Kickstarter ends on September 13.


button_new3 Let’s Make Comics!, a Chicago-based comic collective, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce This Makes Me Sad: A Short Comics Anthology. Featuring 48 pages of black-and-white comics, the anthology focuses on sadness, grief, and depression, and what can come of those expressions. Tier options include digital and physical copies of This Makes Me Sad, copies of past anthologies by the collective, a button, and a print. The Kickstarter ends on September 15.


button_new3 The “Bloodlust” Anthology, a prospective anthology featuring queer and WLW werewolves, is currently hosting an interest check. Let them know what you’d like to see!

button_new3 JiMi Agency‘s group order is now live and accepting orders until September 12.

If you’re a Filipino artist, add your name to the Filipino American Artist Directory!

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!

LGBTQube is seeking Artists, Writers, and Content & Product Creators to be paid contributors for an upcoming queer centric subscription book box. Please apply here.

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

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

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

  • button_new3 The Ucross Foundation Residency Program is accepting applications for its Spring residencies until September 1. There is a $40 application fee and $50 deposit, but residents will not be charged for room, board, or studio space, and are not expected to deliver anything at the end of the residency.
  • button_new3 Catapult magazine is accepting applications for a paid, full-time, four month-long editorial fellow until September 6. The selected fellow will work in the Catapult office in New York City starting in September or early October.
  • button_new3 The Tulsa Artist Fellowship is accepting applications until September 6. Selected fellows receive a one-year, unrestricted $20,000 award, fully subsidized housing and studio space in Downtown Tulsa’s Arts and Greenwood Districts, a relocation package, and more.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 button_new3 Augur Magazine is seeking first readers and accepting applications until August 25.
  • Uncanny Magazine is accepting submissions of short stories until August 29.
  • 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.
  • The Aurtistic Zine is accepting submissions from autistic individuals and their immediate families, aged 6 and up, residing in Southern California until September 1. The theme for the upcoming zine issue is “perception.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Storm of Blue Press is seeking submissions from LGBTQ women and nonbinary individuals for its first anthology “catch flights, not feelings” through October 1 (soft deadline). Email submissions to stormofblue.lit@gmail.com and include first and last name, the category of your submission, and “catch flights, not feelings anthology” in the email title. Enclose a brief third person bio, your pronouns, & how you specifically relate to Blue as an LGBTQ woman or nonbinary individual in the email body . Include all submissions in ONE Word Doc or Google Doc.
  • button_new3 #DVPit will take place on October 22 from 8AM to 8PM EST for Children’s books and YA, and on October 23 from 8AM to 8PM ET for Adult books and artists (#DVart).
  • 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 – August 9, 2019



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