Weekly Roundup: May 8, 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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  • 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 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.

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, also known as the Ringo Awards, are accepting nominations until June 25.

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 ghazpz is currently raising funds to publish Curse on Eyen Kingdom. Osawe wants to be the strongest man across the seven Kingdoms, but pursuing his goal causes problems for his father, the Oba of Eyen Kingdom. Reward options include a physical copy of the comic and original comic art. The campaign ends on May 12.


endingbutton_4 K. Theo Stultz and Lucky Pocket Press are raising funds to publish Canvas, a new risograph comic. Following a young painter struggling to find her muse, the comic will be 44 pages and printed in steel and red on a cream stock, with a soft laminated cover. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the comic and a limited-edition print. The campaign ends on May 13.


endingbutton_4 Giancarlo D’Alessandro is raising funds to cover the printing and products for the 2020 Milk and Honey Comic Anthology. Each issue is a collection of sequential art short stories, excerpts from larger works, and webcomics with informative questions with creators working in sequential art. Tier options include digital and physical copies of issues 5 and 6, physical copies of past issues, sticker sets, a risograph print, half-page ads, and full-page ads. The campaign ends on May 13.


button_new3 Zainab Akhtar is raising funds to publish a new ShortBox collection of comics. ShortBox is an independent, Eisner-nominated comics publisher based in Yorkshire, England which publishes a mail-order comics box containing 5 new comics, a limited edition art-print, and some sweets. The only reward option for this campaign is the ShortBox itself, which includes five 36-80 page comics, and should ship in September this year. The campaign ends on May 20.


button_new3 Nova and their wife Mali are raising funds to produce Lady Tarot Cards, an LGBT+ and POC Inclusive Tarot Deck. The tarot deck includes 78 cards featuring women and non-binary people, each illustrated by one of 44 LGBT women and nonbinary artists from across the globe. Reward options include the tarot card set; a digital booklet with all the art, tarot card meanings, and artist bios; a metallic print; a sticker of an embroidered design; and clear acrylic charms. The campaign ends on May 30.



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 2019 is now available. Thank you Sasha Bassett for all of your work in collecting and parsing this data!
  • button_new3 Threadless is currently running the following design challenges: Nouvelle Vague, until May 15; Stripes, due May 22; and Everyday Heroes Pt. 2, until May 29.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • button_new3 Monster Fight Club is hosting a Street Art Contest. Submit your work by May 16 for a chance to win up to $150 and be featured sides of Monster Fight Club’s new Metropolis buildings.
  • 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.
  • Platform Comics will accept enrollment to their 10k Challenge until May 19. Winners or winning teams will receive up to $300 and publisher feedback.
  • button_new3 Arledge Comics is seeking submissions for mixed media anthology What’s Left until May 31. Submissions of comics (black and white or grayscale), short stories, poems, illustrations, or photographs are welcome. Proceeds will fund microgrants for creators impacted by COVID-19.
  • Obsolete Comics is accepting submissions of 1-6 page comics that explore what changes, and what doesn’t, in times of crisis for an upcoming anthology until May 31. The anthology will be distributed digitally for free, and all profits made through the sale of the anthology will be donated to UK homelessness charity Crisis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bonfire Comics is accepting submissions of comics between 1 and 16 page in length with the theme “dreams” until July 15. Contributors will be paid $15/page.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting submissions with the theme “creatures, spirits, and monsters” until July 30.
  • WildStar Press will be open to family-friendly short story submissions from May 10 to July 31.

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 year. And, as always, wash your hands.

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 Word is accepting applications from aspiring or upcoming writers from underrepresented groups with a completed, unpublished manuscript in the picture book, middle grade, young adult, or adult fiction categories for its Editor-Writer Mentorship Program. Submit by May 16 for consideration.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 (excluding COVID-19).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • Queerly Represent Me is seeking interviewees who are queer and work in games.
  • Reedsy is seeking Freelance Editors.
  • 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.
  • 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 Community Operations Analyst (Spanish-Bilingual), a Content Analyst, a Digital Comic Editor (Spanish), an Editor, and a Producer. They’re also seeking a Freelance Writer, a Freelance Korean-Bilingual Editor/Linguistic Tester, and interns.
  • 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 – May 1, 2020



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