Weekly Roundup: January 11, 2020

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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  • Kickstarter United has received several commitments from Kickstarter management indicating a fair process moving forward with union negotiations and has agreed to a media blackout as a show of good faith.
  • Supporters of Kickstarter United can look to this page for ideas on how to show their support. NOTE: Paper Cat Press supports the union and will follow their lead in the use of Kickstarter.
  • 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. 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.

endingbutton_4 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 12 and printed books must be received by January 26.

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.

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

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 at 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.

button_new3 Nominations for the 2020 Hugo Awards, 1945 Retro Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer are now open until March 13.

button_new3 The 2020 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards is accepting entry submissions until March 13.

Crowdfunded Projects


CS Smith is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter to produce Cupcake Pride Pins. Each one-inch hard enamel pin will feature gold plating and a coat of glitter. The Kickstarter ends on January 22.



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

  • DisabledCartoonists.com has launched! Submissions at CartoonistsofColor.com and QueerCartoonists.com have reopened. Thank you Mari Naomi and Cameron for all of your work in creating and maintaining these priceless resources!
  • The results of the Comics Workforce Study is now available. Thank you Sasha Bassett for all of your work in collecting and parsing this data!
  • Threadless is accepting artwork for the following challenges: Classic Blue, due January 17.
  • endingbutton_4 Pink Clover is accepting applications for their first magazine issue until January 11.
  • endingbutton_4 MediBang Paint is hosting a Mobile Novel Cover Art Contest. Submit your work by January 14 for a chance to be used for an ebook’s cover art (no cash prize).
  • endingbutton_4 The U.P. Zine is accepting submissions from contributors with experiences related to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula until January 15. All contributors will receive a print copy of the completed zine in late spring 2020, and any profit outside of production costs will be donated to a U.P. based charity.
  • endingbutton_4 Ambrosia, a sexy comic anthology about trans masc and non-binary deities, is accepting pitch applications until January 16.
  • Spectrum 27 is accepting entries until January 23. The single entry fee is $20 per entry.
  • The Great Command Meant is accepting comic proposals until January 31. The anthology will be funded through Kickstarter, though the percentages that contributors will receive is not stated.
  • The 13th Silent Manga Audition, in collaboration with UNESCO Asia & Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, is accepting submissions of manga-style comics with the theme “together for peace” until January 31.
  • The 2020 Cartoonist Studio Prize is accepting submissions until January 31. Eligible comics (including webcomics) must have been published in English in 2019. Two recipients will receive $1,000 each.
  • Sam is accepting work from artists who identify as Asian American/Asian/Pacific Islander until January 31. More details can be found here.
  • NSFW! Filthy Figments is currently accepting pitches for new comics until January 31.
  • MediBang is accepting artwork with the theme of “Christmas” until January 31. A grand prize winner will receive 50,000 yen, with other runner-ups receiving 10,000 yen.
  • MediBang Paint’s ARTStreet is hosting a Dog vs. Cat art contest until February 5. The winner will receive 50,000 yen.
  • MediBang Paint is hosting a Carole and Tuesday Fanart Contest. Submit fanart of the series by February 28 for an opportunity to win up to 100,000 yen prize money and comments from the judges (Shinichiro Watanabe, Minami Masahiko, and Tsunemori Saito).
  • Red Stylo is holding an open call for its upcoming anthology Bite Me, inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, until February 15. Red Stylo does not share contract terms with anyone before accepting a submission.
  • Top Cow is hosting a Talent Hunt for previously unpublished writers and artists. Submit by February 28 for consideration. 
  • MediBang Paint’s ARTStreet is hosting a contest to design a new cover for the mystery fantasy novel “Spinning.” Submit designs by March 9 for a chance at prize money and publication.
  • MediBang Paint’s ARTStreet is hosting a Bessatsu Shonen Manga Award. Submit a manga project by March 12 for a chance at prize money and publication.
  • button_new3 Clip Studio Paint’s International Manga/Comic Schools Contest is accepting entries of comics and illustrations with the theme “promise” until April 27.

Check out Arts for LA, Call for Entry, College Art Opportunities, or Graphic Competitions for more exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities. 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) is currently accepting applications for its Artist Alley, Pride Alley, and Makers Market.
  • FanX (Salt Lake City, UT; September 17-19) has artist alley and exhibitor spaces available.
  • L.A. Zine Fest (Culver City, CA; May 31) is accepting applications until January 17. Sliding scale table payment is available.
  • LightBox Expo (Pasadena, CA; September 11-13) is accepting table applications until 9PM PST on January 31.
  • QFX East (Tampa, FL; May 29-31) is currently accepting vendor applications. They’re also accepting panel submissions.

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!


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

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • endingbutton_4 (Brooklyn, NY) A Public Space is accepting applications for its Editorial Fellowship program through January 15. Accepted fellows will be expected to spend 15 hours a week at A Public Space from March 15 through December 15, and will receive a $10,000 stipend.
  • endingbutton_4 (Portland, OR) Applications for Helioscope’s Spring 2020 mentorship program are open until 5pm PST on January 15th. Accepted applicants will receive a $500 stipend to help with travel, lodging, or food during their stay in Portland.
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is accepting applications for the 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts until January 22. Applicants must be over the age of 25 and living in the State of New York, among other restrictions. 
  • button_new3 VS Books is accepting applications from unpublished writers who are Indigenous, Black or a person of color and who are 50 or older living in Canada until January 4, 2021.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • endingbutton_4 (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.
  • The 2020 San Francisco Redbubble Residency is now accepting applications and creative proposals until January 31. Selected residents will receive $3,000 a month but are responsible for their own moving and housing expenses.
  • Lambda Literary’s 2020 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is accepting applications until February 3. There is an application fee of $25, and total fee of $1,725 (not including travel) with scholarships 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

  • We Need Diverse Books is looking to fill three contractual team positions this winter: Webmaster for WordPress Site; Assistant Editor for YouTube Content; and Contributing Writers for the blog.
  • endingbutton_4 Beth Phelan is seeking an intern to assist with #DVPit. She is accepting applications until January 15.
  • endingbutton_4 Atthis Arts is accepting multi-genre fiction submissions of 1-3000 words with the loose theme of “magic pens” until January 15. They are paying 8 cents a word, with a minimum of $25. 
  • 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.
  • Timeworn Literary Journal is accepting unpublished historical fiction submissions in English between 2,000 and 5,000 words until January 31. Accepted authors will receive $25 and a copy of the saddle-stitched volume.
  • button_new3 The Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop is accepting applications until February 6.
  • Cantina Publishing is accepting submissions for f/f anthology Silk & Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies until February 22. Selected authors will be paid $0.08/word.
  • Bitch Media is seeking pitches for their issue themed “Fantasy” until February 24.
  • button_new3 Mattilda B Sycamore is accepting submissions for Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis until March 1 (but earlier is better). Submissions should be under 5,000 words.
  • button_new3 Speculative City is seeking  fiction, poetry, and essays with the theme of Afrofuturism written by authors who are specifically of Black and/or African descent until June 1. Submit pieces under 5,500 words to submissions@speculativecity.com.

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 – January 3, 2019



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