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!
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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.
- Need information on elections, candidates, and public policy in the US? Check out Ballotpedia.
- Need to contact your government officials? Let Resist Bot and 5calls help you out.
- The Crash Override Network has resources on what to do if you’re a victim of online harassment and/or doxxing and how to protect yourself.
- If you are a trans person in need of legal assistance, check translawhelp.org for pro bono services in your state.
- Here’s a list of free or low-cost mental health resources. Thank you so much for compiling this list, Tiffany!
- If you need to talk to someone or otherwise vent, please utilize this list of help hotlines.
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
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 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.”
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.
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.
- Abelle, the creator of the #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag, has created a directory of artists. Please add your name if you are a Black artist!
- Dual Wield Studio is hiring sewists at $20 per hour, or $1.25 per mask, whichever is less.
- 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 Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!
- Viz Media is hiring a Project Manager for its Shonen Jump subscription business.
- (Burbank, CA) Bento Box is seeking an Art Director, a Background Designer, a Character Designer, an Episodic Director, a Post Production Supervisor, a Prop Designer, a Storyboard Artist, and a Supervising Director. In North Hollywood, CA, they’re seeking an Animation Producer, an Art Director, an Associate Producer, two Background Designers, two Character Designers, a Design Coordinator, two Episodic Directors, a Storyboard Artist, and a Supervising Director. In Los Angeles, CA, they’re seeking an Assistant Animation Editor.
- (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking an experienced 3D Character Animator, an Entry-Level Character Animator, a 3D Junior Layout Artist, an Art Director, a CG Animation Director, a Clean Up Storyboard Artist, Creative Brand Manager, an Experienced Set/Prop Designer, Maya Riggers, an Oculus Quill Artist, a Senior Lighting and Compositing Artist – Short Form, a Senior Look/Development Artist, a Storyboard Supervisor, and a Technical Producer – Pipeline. They’re also accepting speculative applications for Maya Animators, Maya Riggers, Maya Lighting/Compositing TDs, and Script Writers. They’re also seeking interns for 2D Storyboarding, Modelling, Look Dev/Lighting & Comp, 2D Backgrounds, Visual Development, 2D Animation, 3D Maya Animation, and 3D Rigging.
- (Burbank, CA) Disney TV Animation is seeking a Background Painter, Character Designer, Location Design, a Production Coordinator, Prop Designer, Storyboard Artist, and Storyboard Revisionist.
- (Glendale, CA) DreamWorks is hiring an Animatic Editor (TV), an Animation Artist (TV), an Animator (Feature), an Apprentice Editor, an Art Director (TV), an Asset Artist (Modeling) (TV), a Character TD (TV), a Lighter (Feature), a Previs/Rough Layout Artist (Feature), a Production Assistant (TV), a Production Coordinator (TV), a Senior Graphics/Rendering Engineer, a Storyboard Artist (TV), a Visual Development Artist, and more.
- (Pasadena, CA) Duncan Studio is seeking a Storyboard Artist.
- (Madrid, Spain) Lightbox Animation Studios is seeking an Animation Lead, CFX Artists, a Layout Artist, a Matte Painter, a Junior Animator, a Mid Animator, a Senior Animator, and a Storyboard Artist.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Netflix Animation is hiring a Character Designer, a Post Production Supervisor, a Production Coordinator (Feature), a Storyboard Artist, a Supervising Producer, and a Technical Director. In New York, NY, they are seeking a Production Pipeline Engineer.
- (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is seeking an Art Director, two Background Designers, a Background Designer/2D Layout Artist (2D), a Background Designer/2D Layout Artist (CG), three Background Painters, a CG Animation Director, a CG Character Designer, a CG Character Modeler, a CG Compositing Director, a CG Texture Artist, two Character Designers, two Character Technical Director/Riggers, an Environment Artist, a Freelance Storyboard Artist, a Freelance Storyboard Director, a Lead CG Character Modeler, a Lead Character Technical Director, a Lead Look Development/Texture Artist, a Lighting/Compositing Artist, a Manager of Animation Recruitment, a Pipeline Technical Director, a Production Assistant, three Prop Designers, three Storyboard Artists, a Storyboard Director, and a Storyboard Revisionist.
- (Vancouver, BC) Sony Imageworks is hiring Animators, Character FX Technical Directors, Compositors, FX Artists, Layout Artists, Lighters, Matte Painters, Modelers, and more.
- Titmouse is hiring for a number of positions in Los Angeles, CA, including Animatic Editor, Background Designer, Color Designer, Storyboard Artist, and many more. They’re also seeking a 2D Animator, a Background Layout Artist, a Background Painter, and a Compositor in Vancouver, Canada.
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.com. See 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 2019 is now available. Thank you Sasha Bassett for all of your work in collecting and parsing this data!
- Threadless is currently running the following design challenges: Botany, due April 24; Pants Optional, until May 1; and Vaporwave, until May 8.
- The Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators in Alaska is accepting submissions of artwork for its promotional graphics until April 20. The creator of the selected artwork can receive a free SCBWI membership for one year, free registration to the Alaskan fall conference, or a free critique (distance critique available).
- #DVPit’s next dates will be April 22 for Childrens/YA, and April 23 for Adult and #DVArt.
- The Heroes Need Masks comic book anthology is accepting submissions of completed comics until April 29. All proceeds will be donated to GetUsPPE.
- Clip Studio Paint’s International Manga/Comic Schools Contest is accepting entries of comics and illustrations with the theme “promise” until April 27.
- Shout Mouse Press is seeking illustrators for a collaborative project with DC-area teens until April 30. Illustrators must be available for two on-site visits during the last two weeks of July. Illustrators will be compensated with five copies of their completed book and $1,000.
- Webtoon is hosting a short story contest. Submit 3-5 episodes with 30+ panels per episode, with a story that is either mind-bending or heartfelt, between April 30 and June 30 for a chance to win up to $15,000 and be published in an anthology.
- XP-Pen is seeking senior digital artists to make review videos until April 30. Commissions range from $50 to $5,000 per video.
- Object Head Zine is accepting applications for its seventh collection until May 2. Accepted artists will be paid $100 CAD per piece.
- Creators for Creators is accepting applications from previously unpublished (self-published and anthology work okay) comic creators until May 11. Stories must be between 64-100 pages upon completion.
- 3dtotal is accepting submissions for the Dominant birds contest until May 17. Submit 2D or 3D work based on the question “What if birds were the dominant species?” for the chance to win XP-Pen graphic tablets.
- Penn State University Press is accepting comics about COVID-19 for its upcoming anthology, to be launched along with its new Graphic Mundi imprint in early 2021. They ask that artists who are willing—and in a position to do so—donate their work to this project, non-exclusively. To pay that forward, Penn State University Press will donate net proceeds from sales of the volume to organizations that support artists and retailers in need. Pitches are needed by June 1.
- The Silent Manga Audition is accepting submissions with the theme “creatures, spirits, and monsters” until July 30.
- 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.
- Webcomic collective Aradia is seeking an assistant volunteer to help maintain the collective and increase its outreach.
- Arledge Comics is accepting submissions of all-ages comics on a rolling basis.
- Arsenika is accepting portfolio submissions for reprint cover work and pays $100 for reprint artwork.
- An Aspec Journal is running an interest check. All profits would go to charity.
- AZE Journal is accepting general submissions from marginalized voices in the queer community.
- Comic Tea Party is accepting webcomic submissions for its Week Long Book Club.
- The Comic Tea Party Comment Storm is open for more entries.
- The Comicadia Herald is accepting submissions of news from webcomic creators, including convention appearances, publishing deals, relaunches and hiatus returns, contests, and more.
- Stephanie Cooke is actively connecting comic creators of all types for paid projects. Check out Creator Advisor for more information.
- Diskette and Harder Disk are accepting pitches, especially of erotic work, from queer creators.
- GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
- Ink, Sweat and Tears is seeking webcomic creators to interview for their weekly newsletter.
- Jerry’s Art-A-Rama hosts a number of art contests, some ongoing and some requiring specific materials.
- Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
- Narratively is seeking submissions of writing, photography, and illustrations.
- The New Southern Fugitives is seeking submissions of fiction, book reviews, essays, poetry, photography, and visual art from creators in the South.
- You can send samples of your work along with pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered by The Nib.
- Pink Narcissus Press is seeking cover artwork for SF/F speculative fiction. They pay $100-$200 for nonexclusive rights.
- POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
- QueerWebcomics.com, a new small comics publisher, recently launched and has two mailing lists available for sign-up – one for professionals, and a general list for customers.
- Robot Dinosaur Games is accepting artwork submissions.
- Scholastic Canada invites professional illustrators to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to Andrea Casault, Art Director at email@example.com.
- 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.
- Webcomic Chat is seeking a new admin to manage the account and chat event. The position is volunteer and unpaid.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is currently seeking a Content Analyst, 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).
- The Webcomic Library is a new resource that hopes to serve as a comprehensive list of webcomics. Submit your webcomic using this form.
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.
- DiNK (Denver Independent Comics & Arts Expo) will not take place this year. The next show is scheduled for 2021.
- Anime Expo has been cancelled.
- AwesomeCon (Washington D.C.; December 11-13) is currently accepting applications for its Artist Alley, Pride Alley, and Makers Market.
- The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) has been postponed until 2021.
- Denver Pop Culture Con has been postponed until November 27-29.
- Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle, WA) has been rescheduled for August 21-23.
- First Second is hosting Comics Relief on Saturday, April 18th from 11am-5pm ET (8am-2pm PT). The free virtual festival will feature a number of comics insiders and give in-depth look at the key moments in comic creation.
- FlameCon (New York, NY; August 15-16) is accepting panel and performance applications until May 15.
- GeekGirlCon (Seattle, WA; October 31-November 1) is accepting vendor applications until May 15.
- Genghis Con (Cleveland, OH; November 29) is accepting artist alley applications until May 13 (extended).
- L.A. Zine Fest 2020 has been cancelled.
- New York Comic Con (New York, NY; October 8-11) is accepting applications for its artist alley until June 5.
- Pajama Comic Con (updated: May 2-3) is accepting panel applications until April 18, and artist alley ads until April 25.
- The Portland Zine Symposium 19.5: Time Is Not Real will take place online from July 11-July 12. There will be no in-person PZS this year.
- QFX East has been postponed.
- Rose City Comic Con (September 11-13; Portland, OR) is accepting applications for professional badges until July 31 and professional tables until June 30. Their Artist Alley and Makers Market are also accepting applications, but they are waitlist only.
- San Diego Comic-Con has been cancelled. However, there will still be Eisner Awards for 2020.
- Small Press Expo (Bethesda, MD; September 12-13) is accepting Artist Alley applications until April 17, 5PM EST.
- Short Run’s Dash Grant is accepting applications until June 24 (extended). The recipient will receive a $500 grant to produce their book to premiere at Short Run 2020.
- TCAF 2020 has been cancelled.
- VanCAF 2020 has been cancelled.
- WonderCon Anaheim 2020 shared its Online Exhibit Hall.
- Cocomilk Studio is seeking a Graphic Designer.
- (New York, NY) Little, Brown Books is seeking an Associate Art Director/Art Director.
- (New York, NY) Random House Children’s Books is seeking a Marketing Senior Designer to join their Trade Marketing Team.
- (San Francisco, CA) Viz Media is seeking a Designer for Trade Books.
- No More Mondays, a Good Vibes Garfield and Friends zine, is accepting written and visual work samples via email until April 24. There is no information about how the zine will be distributed or managed, or how contributors will be compensated.
- Rally Spectrum+, an LGBT+ Fire Emblem fan book, is accepting artist and writer applications until April 24. All profits will be donated to the Trans Women of Color Collective.
- The Nice and Accurate Colouring Zine is accepting submissions of Good Omens lineart until April 29. All proceeds will be donated to a COVID-19 related charity.
- The HypMic x Rap Album Covers Homage Zine is accepting applications until May 3. All proceeds will be donated to charity.
- (Warszawa, Poland) 11 Bit Studios is seeking a Character Concept Artist, an Expert Technical Animator, Senior Gameplay Animator, Lead Artist, Lead Game Designer, and more.
- (Salt Lake City, UT) Avalanche is seeking an Associate Lighting Technical Artist, a Technical Producer, and two Lead Designers.
- Failbetter Games is hiring a Senior Writer/Narrative Designer.
- itch.io has launched a job board so that studios can post paid positions to the itch.io development team.
(Irvine, CA) Nexon is seeking a Lead Gameplay Engineer, a Principal/Lead Technical Artist, a Senior/Principal VFX Artist, and a Senior Character Artist.
- (Wilmslow, UK) Playdemic is seeking a 3D Artist, an Assistant Producer, and a Games Designer.
- Queerly Represent Me is seeking more pitches for their Game As You Are series. Selected contributors will be paid. They’re also seeking interviewees who are queer and work in games.
- (London, UK) Roll7 is seeking a 3D Animator, a 3D Character Artist, an Environment Artist, Lead Programmer, a Senior Game Designer, and a Quality Assurance Tester.
- (London, UK) Supersolid Games is seeking a Game Developer, a Senior 3D Artist, and a Server Developer.
- (Manchester, UK) TT Games is seeking an In-Game Animator, a Gameplay Programmer, and a Technical Artist.
- (Toronto, Canada) Ubisoft is hiring artists, programmers, office workers, and more.
- WB Games is seeking a Senior Release Manager in Needham, MA; a Director of Product and a Senior Software Engineer – Mobile Games in San Francisco, CA; a Contract Animator, a Lead Level Designer, an Associate Producer, a Game Designer, a Level Designer (contract), a Level Artist (Contract), a Physics Programmer, a Senior Game Designer, a Senior Level Designer, a Senior Writer, a Storyboard Artist (contract), and a Technical Art Director in Montreal, Quebec. They are also seeking gamers in Montreal, San Francisco, and Seattle to test games currently in development.
- (Renton, WA) Wizards of the Coast, through Tapfin, are seeking a Visual Writer for Magic: The Gathering for a contract position. They’re also seeking a Digital Artist and a Senior Visual Developer, both temporary/contract positions.
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
Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants
- 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.
- 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. They’re also offering small grants for diverse creatives in children’s publishing who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Fable Siegel is seeking a voice actor for the upcoming Lackadaisy animation. They’re looking for a voice that suits a female Creole/Cajun character that has a playful tone and can swing between low & high registers. Apply by April 25 for consideration.
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.
- Bracken is accepting poetry, fiction, and art submissions until April 20.
- #DVPit’s next dates will be April 22 for Childrens/YA, and April 23 for Adult and #DVArt.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- Looking to hire a remote intern? Jessica shared some tips on how to do so!
- The Andrea Brown Literary Agency is seeking part-time summer mentees for its summer mentorship program. Mentees will report to the Los Angeles, San Diego, or Bay Area offices.
- (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking interns for 2D Storyboarding, Modelling, Look Dev/Lighting & Comp, 2D Backgrounds, Visual Development, 2D Animation, 3D Maya Animation, and 3D Rigging.
- (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking interns in Design, Editorial, Graphic Production, Marketing, Production and Manufacturing, Publishing Technologies, and Sales.
- (Burbank, CA) Cartoon Network is seeking interns. View their full Internships page here.
- Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
- Natalie “Tally” Nourigat offers advice & resources for young cartoonists ages 14-18 (although this is good advice for creators at any age)!
- The NewPages Young Writers Guide for artists and writers shares publications seeking applications from youth contributors.
- Titmouse is seeking production and artist interns in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY.
- 28 Pages Later lists local comic shops in need of support, and even lists whether they have curbside pick-up or local delivery.
- Andrea of White Squirrel Co. shared a series of threads on how to set up an online store.
- Ashe shared a list of discounted and free art courses.
- Ashley shared a spreadsheet of resources and job boards. Thanks, Ashley!
- Aud Koch shared a PDF with stretches and exercises for wrists and hands.
- Check Becca Hillburn’s Youtube channel for new video interviews with independent artists, walkthroughs with dip pen nibs, tutorials, and more.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options for all kinds of artists.
- Creative Capital shared a list of Arts Resources, mostly of funding information and a list of arts events moving online.
- Have you checked out the Creator Advisor? Initialized and run by Stephanie Cooke, the project aims to connect anyone involved in making comics together for paid projects, with a goal to prioritize marginalized creators.
- Creator Resource updated their Press List of web sites that cover comic books.
- DB shared a thread about “injury prevention for writers, illustrators, colorists, letterers, and anybody who sits at a computer for a living.” Great tips!
- Diamond announced that it will no longer be distributing “until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease,” and in response Alex de Campi shared this thread of contingency plans for those with scheduled/upcoming releases.
- Elissa shared a thread on reaching out to your local bookstores as an author!
- Emily Riesbeck shared what their process was for finding an agent.
- Erin Roseberry shared some great info on getting your work into your local library.
- The Etherington Brothers share all kinds of drawing advice on their Instagram. They also just shared a 50-page free downloadable e-book for young artists.
- Eve G. shared a PDF with Comic Lettering Basics.
- Everest shared a HUGE list of artist opportunities (mostly residencies, grants, and galleries) with over 375 links!
- The English-language version of Free Manga Materials is now available on Facebook and Instagram. Find the links in this tweet.
- The 2019/2020 Illustrators’ Survey results are now available.
- inQluded shared a guide on querying an agent (for picture book, middle grade, and young adult).
- Freelancers and students in the U.S. may qualify for unemployment insurance. This thread and the links included share more details and information.
- k.e. shared a resource page for (kink) artists who have found themselves on the receiving end of a harassment campaign. Thank you, k.e.!
- Keetz shared a thread on free and/or affordable artist tools and software.
- Kickstarter updated their Publishing, Comics, and Journalism Creator Tips website.
- Litebox has launched its website which shares wages earned by illustrators from a variety of clients.
- Literary Agents of Color is a directory that aims to support literary agents of color in the publishing industry.
- Melanie Gillman shared a website that shows you how your website looks to those with different types of color-blindness.
- Mitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobs.
- Nilah Magruder updated the list of literary agents who represent illustrators and added a new page with Steps to Querying. Niki Smith also has a list of agents who represent creators of graphic novels. Maria Vicente shared a guide on querying your graphic novel, from the perspective of a literary agent.
- Paul Duffield shared some great tips for engaging with Twitter in a productive, professional, and positive way.
- Publisher’s Weekly shared a crowdsourced collection of information about independent bookstore closings, along with links for online ordering and information about delivery options and other special actions.
- Reference.Pictures have a lot of affordable reference packs available. They just released a new pack with Dramatic Lighting shots.
- The Ripped Bodice shared its fourth annual State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing report. Four years of reports show only a 0.4% industry-wide increase of the number of authors of color being published by 18 of the top romance publishers.
- Sarah Stern shared tips on optimizing your artwork for working with a colorist.
- Shannon Wright shared the “Super Condensed Zine” PDF – a FREE collection of tips on portfolios, websites, agents, and pitching.
- Shelly Romero created a document of Publishing Industry Resources.
- Smithsonian Open Access allows you to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images. Nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items are available for free use.
- Steve Lieber shared insight on the specifics that should be mentioned when negotiating contracts with commercial clients. He also provided general notes on what to improve in your comics portfolio.
- Teddy Dief shared a smart thought on patience and not overbooking oneself.
- TO Comix Press has shared a sample contract for comic anthology projects, the start-to-finish process of producing an anthology, and articles on marketing and getting indie books into stores. Recently, they shared the questions they ask in an anonymous survey given out at the end of anthology projects, which help contributors air grievances and help the publisher gain insight and grow to be better. Amazing! Thanks for always being so helpful.
- Here’s a webpage offering links with resources for freelance creative impacted by COVID-19, including links to emergency funding and grants.
- Weird Enough Productions is offering 400 pages of comics and educational resources for free!
- Wendy Xu shared a primer on getting an agent as a comic artist.
- Zack has shared a lot of tips and guides for using Clip Studio Paint. Find them all here!
- Many artists who were affected by recent show cancellations are running sales in their shops to help mitigate their losses. Check the hashtags #ECCCOnline and #ArtistAlleyOnline to find a shop to enjoy!
- Affinity is offering its programs for a 50% discount until April 20. They also have a 90-day free trial, and have promised to engage more than 100 freelancers for work as a response to COVID-19.
- C A. Gaspar shared free coloring pages.
- Céli shared 5 free coloring pages.
- Celsys is offering complimentary three-month Clip Studio Paint EX licenses for home use for companies and educational institutions using Clip Studio Paint volume licenses.
- Chrissie shared a free Animal Crossing-themed coloring page.
- CowHousePress shared short comic “Strays” for free digital download.
- Crisalys has shared 6 free coloring pages.
- iasmin omar ata has put everything on their itch.io up for free/pay what you want.
- inQluded is offering its back issues for free digital download.
- James Jean has put up some coloring sheets for free digital download.
- Katie Longua shared a digital coloring book for free.
- Kelsi Jo shared a pack of coloring pages.
- Lauren Walsh has made her digital coloring pages available for free.
- Lianne shared coloring pages.
- Pam has shared the digital edition of their coloring zine Folklórico for free.
- Procreate shared a free “Care Pack” download, which includes a free limited edition brush set, two months of Skillshare access, and daily artwork prompts.
- The Public Domain Review Coloring Book is available for free.
- Rose City Comic Con shared three coloring pages from Katie Longua.
- ShortBox is releasing a free digital edition of one their titles every few days.
- Silver Sprocket is posting hundreds of their comics online for free.
- TKO Studios is sending 50% of the purchase price of their comics to the store of your choice when you checkout at TKOpresents.com.
- Yetu shared some coloring pages for free.
- NSFW! Slipshine is holding their Spring Sale – becoming a member for just $9.95.
- TO Comix Press is offering all of its Toronto-themed anthologies for free in their Gumroad store.
- Goodreads offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres. Check out these giveaways for comics and graphic novels.
- Seven Seas has a new survey for April. Suggest up to 18 new titles for Seven Seas to consider for licensing. Fill out the survey to be entered into a raffle to win a copy of any book Seven Seas has published so far in 2019!
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!
Thank you to Steven, April, Chromophage, Indira, Nathan, SAWHAND, Elle, Geneva, Amanda, Andi, Annie, BlackHairedDemon, Catherine, Elena, Farid, Frannie, Grey, Lara, Laura, Maaike, Metouji, Michi, Myfanwy, and Ravi for your Patronage!
Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – April 10, 2020