Weekly Roundup: February 21, 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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  • button_new3 Kickstarter employees voted to form a union. Congratulations!!
  • 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.

Awards and Prizes

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.

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.

The 2020 Comedy Women in Print Prize is accepting submissions of published comedy, unpublished comedy, and humorous graphic novels by “female (identified) authors including non-binary” published in the UK and Ireland until March 3. There is no cost for entry, but for shortlisted books, £50 will be required from the publisher and a further £50 for the winning book.

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.

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

button_new3 The 4th annual Prism Awards are accepting submissions of LGBTQAI+ comics until March 18. Submitted works must have been created or first published between January 1 and December 31, 2019, either online or in print.

The 2020 World Fantasy Awards are accepting submissions of fantasy books and magazines published in 2019. Materials should be received before May 31 (as soon as possible).

Crowdfunded Projects

pttrv2endingbutton_4 Jay Kiakas is currently raising funds to publish Paint the Town Red Volume 2Paint the Town Red is a dark romantic comedy with queer vampires and werewolves whose lives get complicated as past relationships and new characters are introduced. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Paint the Town Red 2, digital and physical copies of Paint the Town Red 1, and additional comics by Jay. The campaign ends on February 26.


endingbutton_4 Artist Samm Taylor is currently raising funds to produce Nemesis Known! – A Boss Monster Zine. This zine contains an illustrated original collection of 64 Boss Monsters with brief inscriptions meant to describe and inspire. Tier options include digital or physical copies of the book, digital or physical copies of Samm’s other works, prints, and commissions. The campaign ends on February 27.


Catstealers is currently raising funds to publish Time After Time: An 80s Art Anthology. Featuring over thirty artists, over fifteen illustrations, ten comics, and four mini bonus prints, Time After Time is a full-color anthology inspired by the music of the 80s. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, an enamel pin, an acrylic stand, and mini prints. The campaign ends on February 28. (Note: I am an artist in this anthology.)


Comic creator Melissa J Massey is currently raising funds to publish The Alchemist of Aurillia, both a standalone story and the opener for a full length series. In an alternate world version of the Ottoman Empire, wizard-in-training Nuriye summons a weak lantern sprite to serve as her familiar, but they need to learn to get along if they want to survive the night. Tier options include a wallpaper pack, digital and physical copies of The Alchemist of Aurillia, an exclusive print, a sticker, Vatican Assassins Chapter 1Black Ball #1, an illustrated bookplate, and a commission. The campaign ends on February 29.


Kristen Kiomall-Evans is currently raising funds to publish Magic and Muses Volume 2: Mischief. Following the events of the first volume (available to read for free online), the five magical protagonists find their newly developed abilities further complicating their lives. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Magic and Muses 2, digital and physical copies of Magic and Muses 1, acrylic standees, and a necklace button. The campaign ends on March 6.


button_new3 Samn Judge is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish Myths and Lesbians: A WLW Comic Anthology. The 32-page full-color comic collections features four lesbian retellings of myth and legend. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, bookmark sets, sticker sets, and a tarot print. The Kickstarter ends on March 14.


button_new3 Artist Pink Pitcher is currently raising funds to publish Root & Branch Volume 4. In the fourth volume of this hand-painted epic fantasy, Jayoda has pledged his aid to Ariana in her quest to find the Tree of Life, but if they are to make progress through these dangerous lands, both will need to use all their skills, intuitions, and perhaps some magic. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the fourth volume, digital and physical copies of back issues, and a giclee art print. The Kickstarter ends on March 15.


button_new3 Little Red Bird Press is currently raising funds to publish comic anthology Votes for Women: The Battle for the 19th Amendment. Through 200+ pages of comics and illustrations created by 32 womxn artistsVotes for Women reflects on the fight for female suffrage. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the Votes for Women book, a sticker, a canvas patch, a tote bag, and a study guide for educators and book clubs. The Kickstarter closes on March 17.



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. 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.

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


Fan Zines

Looking for fan zines to submit to? Check out this spreadsheet created by magicalzombie or the FindAnthologies twitter page for more!


Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide that’s updated daily. Mitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobs.

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage are accepting applications for the Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship from artists living in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado, and Native American artists within the geographic Southwest. The fellowships supports underrepresented artists from the Southwest who are interested in exploring issues of racial equity in the arts, engaging with an educational institution and participating in an intergenerational mentorship cohort. Applications are due by March 15. Selected fellows will receive a stipend of $38,000 and travel funds.
  • The 2020 Kundiman Mentorship Lab is accepting applications from emerging writers who self-identify as Asian-American until March 15. Writers must not have published a full-length book by the conclusion of the Lab, and cannot be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the time of the Mentorship Lab. Writers must be residents of the five boroughs of New York City, and be living in NYC for the full period of the Mentorship Lab. 
  • University of Texas Press is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Fellowship Program from applicants interested in a career in book publishing until March 31. The Fellowship will last from September 1, 2020 until August 31, 2021, and the selected Fellow will receive a total stipend of $30,000.
  • 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

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.


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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: Webmaster for WordPress Site; Assistant Editor for YouTube Content; and Contributing Writers for the blog.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 Bitch Media is seeking pitches for their issue themed “Fantasy” until February 24.
  • The Tenth Annual Pitchapalooza is accepting 250-word pitches until February 29. On March 14, twenty pitches will be randomly selected and critiqued. One pitch from that group will be introduced to an agent or publisher appropriate for their pitch.
  • Autostraddle is seeking pieces based on the theme “fire in the belly” until March 1.
  • 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.
  • The 2020 Comedy Women in Print Prize is accepting submissions of published and unpublished comedy novels published in the UK and Ireland by “female (identified) authors including non-binary” until March 3. There is no cost for entry, but for shortlisted books, £50 will be required from the publisher and a further £50 for the winning book.
  • button_new3 (San Francisco, CA) Chronicle Books is seeking three Editorial Fellows. Apply by March 31 for consideration.
  • #DVPit’s next dates will be April 22 for Childrens/YA, and April 23 for Adult and #DVArt.
  • button_new3 NSFW! Cleis Press is accepting submissions based on the theme “surprise” for the anthology Best Women’s Erotica of the Year: Volume 5 until May 1.
  • 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.
  • Nerve Endings: Smut and Nerve Endings: Romance are accepting submissions of short fiction addressing trans and non-binary experiences of sex, sexuality, and relationships. Submissions for Smut are due by July 5, and submissions for Romance are due by July 5, 2021.

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 – February 14, 2020



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