Weekly Roundup: December 6, 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.


Nilah Magruder shared this Illustration Awards Masterlist. Wow. Scroll down to the Resources section to see even more that Nilah has contributed to the community for free. Thank you so much, Nilah!

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 Massachusetts Book Awards are accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s picture book, early reader books, and middle grade/young adult literature by residents of Massachusetts until December 31 (postmark date).

The Ladies Do Comics Award is accepting submissions of long form graphic novels in process from women in the UK. Digital forms must be submitted by January 5, 2020 and printed books must be received by January 26, 2020.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is accepting novel-length books and short fiction by Canadian authors published in 2019 until January 31, 2020.

The 2020 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards is accepting submissions of fiction and nonfiction graphic novels published in 2019 until February 1, 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.

The SFWA Nebula Awards are accepting nominations from Active, Lifetime Active, and Associate SFWA members in good standing until February 15, 2020, 11:59pm PST.

The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is accepting submissions of graphic novels in process from creators who have not yet published a full-length graphic work until February 28, 2020.

Crowdfunded Projects


endingbutton_4 Artemisia’s Axe and the Corpse’s Tongue is currently raising funds to publish the Neon Horror Zine. Featuring artwork and short stories from 18 LGBTQIA+ contributors, each piece embraces themes of horror and bright neon color palettes. Tier options include digital and physical prints of the zine, a hard enamel pin, and stickers. The campaign ends on December 12.


TO Comix Press is currently raising funds to publish comic anthology Wayward Kindred. With 17 stories exploring stories about “family” and featuring monsters told in over 200 full-color comic pages, Wayward Kindred promises to be an affecting collection. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, prints, past TO Comix titles, and commissions. The campaign ends on December 13.


Artist Yohi Yoshitani is currently raising funds to produce kitsune-themed apparel line KITSUNE. Tier options include an enamel pin, hat, posters, a belt bag, a collar chain enamel pin duo, and a reversible jacket. The campaign ends on December 14.


The Nib is currently raising funds to publish Be Gay, Do Comics: A Queer Comics Anthology. The anthology features 250 pages of full-color comics and queer history, memoir, and satire by more than 30 contributors. Tier options include digital and physical (hardcover) copies of the anthology, a tote bag, stickers, buttons, enamel pins, and past issues of The Nib. The campaign ends on December 19


button_new3 Forward Comix is currently raising funds to publish Gwan Anthology, Volume Two. The anthology features full-color comics from fifteen international creators that center the immigrant experience. Tier options include digital portions of the anthology, complete physical copies, and commissions. The campaign ends on December 19.


button_new3 Mariah Bryant is currently raising funds to publish Six-Petal Pyramid Chapter One. The comic, serialized currently on Patreon and WEBTOON, follows a young woman who discovers a reanimated mummy in the attic of a deceased archaeologist’s ‘haunted’ house, and the development of their relationship. The series is rated mature for readers 17+ with some LGBTQ themes. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, stickers, mini prints, mini posters, and custom artwork. The project ends on December 20.



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 Opportunities, or Graphic Competitions 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.

Conventions and Events

Con or Bust is seeking volunteers to join their Board as a an Interim President and Treasurer, as well as seasonal volunteers. Con or Bust aims to provide free tickets and travel grants to fans of color who want to attend SFF cons.

  • AwesomeCon (Washington D.C., May 1-3, 2020) is currently accepting applications for its Artist Alley, Pride Alley, and Makers Market.
  • CAKE (Chicago Alternate Comics Expo; June 13-14, 2020) is accepting applications until December 14.
  • ConnectiCon (Hartford, CT; July 9-12, 2020) has Artist Colony tables available.
  • FanX (Salt Lake City, UT; September 17-19, 2020) has artist alley and exhibitor spaces available.
  • The Hill City Comics and Zine Fair (Lynchburg, VA; March 21, 2020) is accepting table applications until January 3, 2020.
  • LightBox Expo (Pasadena, CA; September 11-13, 2020) is accepting table applications until 9PM PST on January 31, 2020.
  • The NYC Feminist Zine Fest (New York, NY; March 29, 2020) is accepting applications with sliding scale table costs until December 15.
  • QFX East (Tampa, FL; May 29-31, 2020) is currently accepting vendor applications. They’re also accepting panel submissions.
  • Rose City Comic Con (Portland, OR; September 11-13, 2020) is accepting Artist Alley and Makers Market applications (WAIT LIST ONLY).
  • Sakura-Con (Seattle, WA; April 10-12) is accepting Artist Alley applications.
  • WonderCon (Anaheim, CA; April 10-12, 2020) is accepting artist alley applications.

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

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • The Alaska Robotics Comic Camp (April 23-28, 2020) is accepting applications until December 16.
  • button_new3 (Homer, AK) The Storyknife Residency is accepting applications from “woman-identified or nonbinary” writers for 2- or 4-week long residencies until December 31.
  • button_new3 (Bronx, NYC) The Kundiman Retreat for Asian American writers at Fordham University is accepting applications until January 15. There is a $25 application fee and non-refundable tuition fee of $375 for those accepted. Scholarships are available.
  • Light Grey Art Lab opened applications for two upcoming art camps: one in Japan ($2,295), and one in Costa Rica ($2,150). Payment plans are available.

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

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

Writing and Editing

  • endingbutton_4 ColorBLOQ is accepting submissions for their Spring Collection, TABLE: The Cultural History of Cuisine & Queer Relationships to Food until today, December 6.
  • The Nobrow Short Story Competition is accepting submissions around the theme “The censor” until December 9. The overall winner will receive £2000, and all selected contributors will receive £150, two complimentary copies of the book, and will be invited to attend events including a launch and readings.
  • button_new3 Beyond the Margins, Oregon Humanities’ twice-monthly online and email publication, is accepting drafts or pitches from Oregon-based writers until December 19.
  • FIYAH Lit Mag is accepting unthemed prose and poetry submissions until December 31.
  • Rebuilding Tomorrow is accepting prose submissions that feature disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists rebuilding society and living their life a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster. Submissions are open until January 31, 2020.
  • Cantina Publishing is accepting submissions for f/f anthology Silk & Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies until February 22, 2020. Selected authors will be paid $0.08/word.

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

Youth & Internships



  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 Get 30% off your purchases at Blambot until December 9 with code CYBERWEEK.
  • button_new3 Until 11:59 PM on January 1, The Vault comics are available for Pay What You Will. 50% of what you pay will be donated to a nonprofit you select at checkout.
  • button_new3 Annual subscriptions to Schoolism are on sale for $100 off until January 16, 2020.

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 – November 29, 2019



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