Weekly Roundup: April 18, 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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News || Helping Others || Awards || Crowdfunded Projects || General || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Designers || Fan Zines || Games || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth and Internships || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


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  • In response to the difficulty experienced by creative professionals affected by show cancellations, a number of people have developed online-accessible events:
    • Artist Alley Online is a directory of the artists who would have been at Emerald City Comic Con prior to date changes.
    • This Artist Tracker shares creators whose upcoming show appearances were cancelled or rescheduled.
    • Love in Panels is offering to schedule interviews, giveaways, and/or guest content with creators who have adult and YA romance books or comics with queer or romance elements to promote.
  • Etsy is forcing sellers who made more than $10,000 last year participate in advertising that costs a 15% additional fee on each sale. Sellers cannot opt out. However, watermarking your image may save it from being used by Etsy outside of the site.
  • 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.

button_new3 The 2020 Ringo Awards are now accepting nominations.

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).

SPX is accepting comic PDFs only for the 2020 Ignatz Awards until June 1.

We Need Diverse Books is accepting submissions to the 2021 Walter Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature until November 16. Submissions must be diverse works created my diverse authors, and fit into the category of either “Teen” or “Younger Readers.”

Crowdfunded Projects


endingbutton_4 Natalia Lopes is currently raising funds to produce The Chilling Wind of Rage Rattles My Bones: A Nightmare Zine. Two sisters—one a poet, and the other an artist—developed the zine, which houses nightmarish and unsettling visions in a beautifully macabre aesthetic. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the zine, art prints, a poetry recording, and original artwork and poetry. The campaign ends on April 19.


endingbutton_4 Pilot Zines is raising funds to publish Bi Your Side: A Bi Pride Anthology. The anthology features 36 creators, who made 6 comics, 4 written works, and over 15 illustrations in full color celebrating bisexual identity. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, a behind-the-scenes PDF, postcard prints, acrylic charms, wooden pins, a sticker sheet, and a bookmark. The campaign ends on April 23.


Lauren Darnell is raising funds to publish The Day It Rained Iguanas. The picture book, written for children ages 4-8 or Pre-K-3rd grade, is about overcoming fear with compassion. Maria, a girl with a fear of reptiles (especially lizards), must overcome her fears to help the iguanas falling from the sky. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the book, a sticker, a bookmark, a lesson plan, and an entry into a school trip raffle. The campaign ends on April 24.


Level Ground Comics is raising funds to publish A Taste of Home: A Cooking Anthology. Featuring 16 artists, the anthology collects 64 page of 16 black-and-white four-page comics that answer the question, “What does ‘a taste of home’ mean to you?” Tier options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, stickers, postcards, a recipe book, and an apron. The campaign ends on April 29.


Pink Clover Press is raising funds to publish Pink Clover Magazine, an all-ages magazine with comics, interviews, activities, and illustrated advertisements. The 6″ x 9″ magazine will feature over 60 pages of art created by over 40 artists. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the magazine, postcards, stickers, a patch, and original comic pages. The campaign will end on May 4.



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

Many conventions and major events have been cancelled due to travel restrictions, guest cancellations, and preventative responses to the spread of coronavirus. Here is a list of cancelled and postponed conventions. Please check in daily with any event you have planned for the next three to four months. And, as always, wash your hands.

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

  • The Emerging Writer Fellowship program, sponsored by The Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College, is accepting applications from writers working to complete a book-length project within a year until April 30. Selected fellows will receive a $41,000 stipend, mentorship opportunities in Miami, FL, and more.
  • 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

  • endingbutton_4 Artist Relief is distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies as a result of COVID-19. Applications are open until April 23, but may close sooner due to demand.
  • Irish artists experiencing lost income related to COVID-19 can apply for the Artist Emergency Relief Fund. Small grants of 500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-serve basis. As of the publishing of this post, applications are suspended, but you can donate here.
  • The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is sending US-based BIPOC artists and art administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic payments of $200. Click the link to apply or to donate.
  • The Awesome Foundation offers $1000 grants on a rolling basis.
  • Black Rainbow offers microgrants of $300 to LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that includes $200 to assist with hosting Indigenous LGBTQI community events.
  • The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). They are accepting applications through June 30.
  • Broken Pencil’s Zine Micro Grant is accepting applications until April 30 as well as donations.
  • The Covid-19 Aid Funds website lists funding opportunities.
  • Cow House Press is accepting applications for the Cow Pie microgrant until May. The Cow Pie microgrant provides one creator (or creator duo/group) with mentorship, printing of their work, and covers the table fee for one 2020 exhibitor event.
  • The Disability Visibility Book Circle is offering one-time grants of $1000 for 15 disabled writers in the US who already have books published this year or plan to have books published in 2020 through June 30, 2021. The express purpose of this money is for writers to organize their own book event via video conference. Apply by May 1 for consideration.
  • The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism is accepting applications from artists on a rolling basis. Artists covering data privacy, the 2018/2020 elections, the role of technology in society, political influence campaigns, harmful technologies, countering disinformation, and artificial intelligence may receive $500 to $5,000 in grants.
  • The Gender Reveal Trans Survival Fund is accepting applications from trans people who are in need of immediate financial assistance.
  • Gumroad’s Creators Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Gumroad will be allocating $50,000 in creative grants of $500 to $5,000 throughout the year.
  • Are you a professional freelancer experiencing financial duress? The Haven Foundation offers grants and assistance to applicants with chronic illness or injury or other career-threatening emergencies.
  • Mel Gillman shared this list of Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies for Cartoonists! Thanks, Mel!
  • My Documented Life maintains a list of scholarships for undocumented students.
  • Canadian artists and cultural connectors are welcome to apply for grant funds through the Professional Development for Arts Professionals of Supporting Artistic Practice. Details on how and when you can apply are available on the page.
  • button_new3 Point of Pride has established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to connect trans people to small grants for short-term expenses.
  • The Seattle Artists Relief Fund is accepting applications from individual artists in the greater Seattle area.
  • Springboard for the arts offers an Emergency Relief Fund for personal and community disasters that affect artists in Minnesota.
  • Tulsa Remote is accepting applications from remote workers who are willing to relocate to Tulsa, OK in exchange for reduced rent and a total of $10,000 over the course of a year. Read more about the program here.
  • We Need Diverse Books is accepting applications for their Internship Grants for interns focused on children’s publishing until May 31. button_new3 They’re also offering small grants for diverse creatives in children’s publishing who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 Bracken is accepting poetry, fiction, and art submissions until April 20.
  • endingbutton_4 #DVPit’s next dates will be April 22 for Childrens/YA, and April 23 for Adult and #DVArt.
  • button_new3 The University of Illinois is seeking an Editor in Chief for its University System Office. Apply by April 28 for consideration.
  • E is seeking submissions for a Holidays Anthology until April 30. Stories must be Own Voices, involve a non-Christian holiday, involve romance, and end optimistically or with a HEA.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Reclaim the Stars: A Latinx SFF Anthology is accepting submissions from Afro Latinx writers until July 15. One selected writer will be published in the anthology and will receive $1,600.
  • 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.

  • AbleGamers is looking for pitches about disability in video games to be featured in our newsletter and on the AbleGamers website. Financial compensation available for accepted pieces.
  • Anathema accepts fiction and nonfiction submissions year-round from queer and nonwhite writers. They are open to portfolio submissions from illustrators for new/original and/or reprint cover art. They are currently seeking poetry submissions for their upcoming release.
  • Anime Feminist is looking for contributors. Read here for more information. Article writers will be paid $50 per article.
  • Anime News Network is looking for Convention Correspondents and Freelance Editorial Contributors.
  • Autostraddle is seeking personal essays, feature stories, and article submissions on fashion and beauty, sex and relationships, humor, and investigative journalism, particularly from butch/masculine-of-center women, people of color, people over age 45, and trans women.
  • beestung is accepting submissions from non-binary and two-spirit writers. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrids, and art with intracommunity sensibilities are welcome. Contributors will be paid a $20 honorarium.
  • Rachel Charlene of Bitch Media is looking for submissions for the POWER issue.
  • Black Rainbow accepts pitches from LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and pays $150 for selected articles.
  • (London, UK/REMOTE OKAY) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking Speculative Script Writers.
  • Carina Press has a new call for Carina Adores, a new trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line.
  • Carnation Press is seeking submissions of short stories from fanfiction writers seeking to transition into publishing their original writing content. 
  • CBR is seeking experienced writers to write on comic book news, analyses, and movie and tv show casting news. 
  • Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
  • Online monthly magazine The Dark is accepting submissions from 2000 to 6000 words in length. Encouraged genres include horror and dark fantasy, but graphic, violent horror is not desired. Payment is $0.06/word for up to 6000 words. Republishing payment is $0.01/word.
  • The Drinking Gourd is accepting pitches from Black Muslims. They accept work across all genres with a particular fondness for Afrofuturism and speculative fiction. All contributors are paid a $50 flat rate.
  • FIYAH Lit Mag currently has open prose and poetry submissions for its unthemed July issue.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • Hashtag Blak is accepting submissions of YA or adult fiction from Black British writers.
  • Interlude Press is seeking LGBTQA+ contemporary, fantasy, and science fiction YA novels and LGBTQA+ contemporary, historical, romantic comedy, mystery/suspense, and romantic adult fiction. Manuscripts should be 60,000-80,000 words in length.
  • Interstellar Flight Magazine is accepting submissions of essays, reviews, and creative nonfiction featuring queer and marginalized perspectives in science fiction and fantasy. Contributors are paid a $15 appreciation for publication.
  • Kotaku is seeking a Staff Editor (New York, NY or remote). They have a number of other positions open across their companies.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • (New York, NY) minedition US is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • The New York Times is seeking contributors, particularly contributors of color, for their Tiny Love Stories and Modern Love columns.
  • Panel Patter is looking for contributors, particularly from writers interested in manga and webcomics. They do not offer payment.
  • Podcastle, an SFWA short fiction market, is seeking Associate Editors. This is an unpaid, volunteer position.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • (New York, NY) The Quarto Group is seeking an Acquiring Editor and a Senior Acquiring Editor.
  • Queerly Represent Me is seeking interviewees who are queer and work in games.
  • Radish Fiction is seeking a Freelance Serial Fiction Story Associate, Freelance Serial Fiction Editors, and Freelance Serial Fiction Writers for Hire.
  • Rogue’s Portal is seeking contributors and columnists. They do not offer payment.
  • Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing Indigenous material in all genres and at all levels. No other unsolicited submissions are being accepted at this time.
  • The SFWA blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy.
  • Slide Stories is seeking writers for their love and sex short fiction platform focused on underrepresented audiences. Applications are open here and here.
  • SOLRAD is now accepting pitches for comics criticism, essays, and interviews. They are especially interested in cartoonists writing about other cartoonists, as well as work from academics.
  • The Temper is seeking written works, particularly from marginalized writers, that relate to sobriety, addiction, or recovery.
  • Three-Lobed Burning Eye is seeking original speculative short stories and flash fiction. Accepted authors of short stories will receive $100 and for flash fiction authors will receive $30.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is currently seeking a Content Analyst, Creative Director, Digital Comic Editor (Spanish), Editor, Producer, and more. They’re also seeking a remote Freelance Editor/Linguistic Tester (fluency in English and proficiency in Korean required).
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking an Associate Editor/Editor for Algonquin Books.
  • Zooscape is accepting submissions of furry fiction up to 10,000 words. They pay 6 cents per word up to 1000 words, $60 for longer stories, and $20 for reprints.

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 – April 10, 2020



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