Weekly Roundup: May 15, 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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  • 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.

button_new3 The Broken Pencil Zine Awards are accepting submissions of zines made between April 2019 and June 2020 until July 1. Current Broken Pencil members can submit up to three zines for $14, and non-members must pay $25 for their first entry, an additional $10 for their second entry, and an additional $7 for their third.

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 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.


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: Stripes, due May 22; and Everyday Heroes Pt. 2, until May 29; and Endless Summer, due June 5.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 Platform Comics will accept enrollment to their 10k Challenge until May 19. Winners or winning teams will receive up to $300 and publisher feedback.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Slasher Fashion, a zine featuring slasher and/or horror-themed OCs set in a fashion magazine/lookbook theme, is accepting applications until June 1. Profits will be split between contributors.
  • 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

  • endingbutton_4 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

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


Sign up to teach at Skillshare to earn royalties based on the premium member students in your class. See here for additional information.

Voice Acting

Check the Casting Call Club for more voice acting and audio opportunities.

Writing and Editing

  • We Need Diverse Books is looking to fill three contractual team positions: Webmaster for WordPress Site; Assistant Editor for YouTube Content; and Contributing Writers for the blog.
  • button_new3 FIYAH Lit Mag is accepting submissions of prose and poetry for October’s “joy” themed issue until May 30.
  • 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 Dardishi Zine Issue 2 (a digital edition) is seeking submissions by Arab and North African womxn (inclusive of trans women, and non-binary and intersex people) on the theme of Healing. Accepted writers will be paid £50. Submit by June 5 for consideration.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Lee and Low’s New Visions Award is accepting submissions of YA/Middle Grade novels and graphic novels from writers of color or Native/Indigenous writers until August 31.
  • button_new3 Lee and Low’s New Voices Award is accepting submissions of children’s picture book manuscripts from writers of color or Native/Indigenous writers until August 31.
  • 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 – May 8, 2020



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