Weekly Roundup: June 12, 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

Black Lives Matter. Paper Cat Press supports police abolition and accountability for police brutality. Check this page for a list of actions you can take.

  • If you work with any brands, consider reaching out to them and ensuring they have made a statement, donations, and actions to support Black lives (idea from Austen Marie).
  • This zine, 12 Things to Do Instead of Calling the Cops, is available for free.
  • The Sherwood Forest Zine Library shared a free collection of zines regarding Black history/struggle, privilege, allyship, policing, legal rights, activism, and protest tactics.
  • Shivana listed some ways that Art Directors and recruiters can make lasting changes within publishing rather than offering temporary support.


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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.

endingbutton_4 Congratulations to the Eisner Award nominees! Professionals in comics are invited to vote here until June 18. The Eisner Awards are usually held at San Diego Comic Con, but the in-person event has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Ignatz Awards are accepting submissions of mini-comics, comics, graphic novels and anthologies until June 19.

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

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.

button_new3 The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics is accepting submissions until September 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

This section is on pause for this week. Please check the Graphic Novels section on Kickstarter to find creative crowdfunding campaigns to support.


  • The Bitch 50, Bitch Media’s annual list of 50 leaders from marginalized communities, is accepting nominations of people who’ve made a tangible impact from November 2019 to November 2020 in the areas of abortion access, activism, arts and entertainment, education, sports, and innovation, science, and technology.
  • Abelle, the creator of the #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag, has moved the directory to AirTable. Expect the submissions form to open again on Monday. 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!
  • button_new3 Halsey is developing a project to give funds, resources, and a platform to Black creators. Use the hashtag #BlackCreatorsFund to be reviewed by her and her team.
  • button_new3 JiMi Agency is accepting orders, with artwork due at June 19 at 10PM EST.
  • The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!


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!
  • Threadless is currently running the following design challenges: Wellness, due June 19; and Masks, due June 26.
  • button_new3 Urban Ivy is seeking artwork, photography, personal essays, poetry and other visual art that portrays and celebrates Black fatherhood until June 18. A $50 stipend will be awarded for each accepted submission.
  • Gender Unbound has extended its call for Black trans and intersex artists through midnight CDT on June 21.
  • MediBang Paint and PRiNCETON are holding a Package Illustration Contest. Design a pink-themed character that complements the green, blue, and white characters for a chance at a cash award and an opportunity to have your artwork on packaging. Submit by June 29 for consideration.
  • button_new3 SpiderForest Webcomic Collective is accepting applications from webcomic creators until June 30.
  • 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 pages in length with the theme “dreams” until July 15. Contributors will be paid $15/page.
  • button_new3 Inspiration: A Comics School Anthology, the first volume of a comics anthology trilogy showcasing previously unpublished creators, is accepting portfolio applications until July 15. All proceeds will be donated and contributors will not be reimbursed. 
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting submissions with the theme “creatures, spirits, and monsters” until July 30.
  • The Kyoto International Manga Anime Award is accepting submissions from international creators and manga artists until July 31. Winners will receive cash prizes, an invitation to the award ceremony in Kyoto, and an introduction to local manga publishers.
  • WildStar Press is open to family-friendly short story submissions until September 1 (extended).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AZE Journal is accepting general submissions from marginalized voices in the queer community.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The Magic Circle Art Collective is seeking visual and written art based around the theme “Your silence will not protect you,” as well as submissions that highlight personal experience of the contributor, or those that bring attention to injustice within their community. Proceeds from the zine produced will be donated to the House of GG.
  • 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 thenib@firstlook.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
  • (Oxford, UK) Rebellion is seeking a Junior Graphic Novel Editor.
  • Scholastic Canada invites professional illustrators to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to Andrea Casault, Art Director at acasault@scholastic.ca.
  • 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 Washington Center for the Book invites Washingtonians of all ages to send 1 to 3 page COVID-19 stories to be collected into an anthology zine.
  • button_new3 (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking a Creative Lead, a Digital Comic Editor (Spanish), a Director of Communications, an Editor, a Producer, a Spanish Canvas Community Associate, a Digital Marketing Intern, and a Legal Intern. They’re also seeking Freelance Thumbnail Artists, a Freelance Bilingual Editor/Linguistic Tester (Korean/English), un Corrector Freelance Coreano, y un Copywriter Creativo.
  • The Webcomic Library is a new resource that hopes to serve as a comprehensive list of webcomics. Submit your webcomic using this form.

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.


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

  • Bitch Media is accepting applications for their writing fellowships until July 1
  • 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.
  • Gale Gilligan has opened a form for people in comics who offer comic mentorship. If you do that, or can offer other guidance, sign up here.

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 endingbutton_4 Uncanny Magazine is seeking an Assistant Editor. Black and Indigenous people and people of color are highly encouraged to apply. There is a modest stipend for this position. Apply by June 18 for consideration.
  • button_new3 FIYAH Lit Mag is accepting prose and poetry submissions for their JOY issue through June 30. Their pay rate has quadrupled for this issue, so selected contributors will receive $600 for shorts (less than 7,000 words), $1,200 for novelettes (less than 15,000 words), and $100 for poetry.
  • PodCastle is accepting fantasy submissions of up to 6,000 words until June 30. Original works are paid 8 cents per word, and reprints are paid $100.
  • Bitch Media is accepting applications for their writing fellowships until July 1. They’re also seeking submissions for the POWER issue until August 24.
  • 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.
  • The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) has webinars available for free until July 31. (Thank you Sam for the tip)
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 seeking 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 has reopened to submissions.
  • 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.
  • KT Literary is hiring a remote agent interested in “diverse voices” and “better representation.”
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • The New York Times is seeking contributors, particularly contributors of color, for their Tiny Love Stories and Modern Love columns.
  • (Salem, MA) Page Street Publishing is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Reedsy is seeking a remote Freelance Editor.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Shelf Awareness is seeking a Publishing Assistant.
  • 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 and a Freelance Korean-Bilingual Editor/Linguistic Tester.
  • 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 – June 6, 2020



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