Weekly Roundup: June 26, 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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  • button_new3 The Marginalized-Genders BIPOC of Comics Discord discovered that the Eisner voting website was malfunctioning, allowing for votes to be manipulated and personal information like full name, address, and email to be revealed. The leak occurred during the same week that a number of comics professionals were exposed as alleged sexual predators. The voting website was initially shut down on June 17, before the original cut-off date of June 18. On June 24, the voting portal reopened with the message that only those who attempted to log in during the [confirmed] compromised security period of June 3 through June 18 would be eligible to re-submit their votes. I was one of those people who logged in and had their personal information exposed, but I have not received the email, even though I have been in direct communication with Jackie Estrada, the Eisner Awards Administrator. I urge those who were not able to vote or who are concerned that their votes may have been changed to follow the directions on this page and be insistent about getting your vote. Voting closes on June 30. Gary provided some thoughts on the “anomaly” here
  • button_new3 In response to COVID19 and the hardships many creators are facing as a result, WEBTOON is extending the current 100% net ad revenue support for CANVAS creators through the end of 2020, with the final 100% net ad revenue payout happening January 2021 for December revenue. 

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.

button_new3 endingbutton_4 The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize is accepting submissions of publishing debuts of fiction and narrative nonfiction by women of color and nonbinary writers of color until June 30.

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.

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 until next week. Please check the Comics section on Kickstarter to find creative crowdfunding campaigns to support.


  • Abelle, the creator of the #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag, has moved the directory to AirTable. 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.
  • button_new3 Elijah F. of The Project 1776 TTRPG is looking for Indigenous sensitivity readers of the following nations: Abenaki; Lenape; Mahican; Massachusett; Wampanoag; Powhatan; Shawnee; Haudenosaunee; Catwaba; Chickasaw; Muskogee; Timuca; Apalachee; and Seminole. Pays $65 per 10k words. If you have ties to more than one nation listed, you can sign on for additional reading sections. Send applications to dfox [at] amuniversal.com. Direct any questions to paintedturtleco [at] gmail.com. No previous experience required.
  • If you’re a Filipino artist, add your name to the Filipino American Artist Directory!
  • Glossier is accepting applications for their $500,000 grant program for Black-owned beauty businesses until July 3.
  • 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.
  • 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: Masks, due June 26; and Equality, due July 3.
  • endingbutton_4 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 endingbutton_4 The Nib is accepting pitch submissions for the Pandemic-themed Fall issue until June 30.
  • endingbutton_4 SpiderForest Webcomic Collective is accepting applications from webcomic creators until June 30.
  • endingbutton_4 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 Clip Studio Paint is accepting art submissions with the theme Skies, Space, & Stars for their 24th International Illustration Contest until July 15.
  • 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).

  • a.m. darke is seeking 3D artist collaborators to seed the Afro Hair Library. These are paid commissions for those who can craft loving representations of Blackness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is currently seeking a Creative Lead, a Digital Comic Editor (Spanish), an Editor, a Producer, and a Spanish UA Performance Manager. They’re also seeking 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

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.
  • endingbutton_4 Electric Lit is seeking a part-time Assistant Editor. This is a part-time, 12-15 hour per week position with a $900 monthly stipend. Remote applicants will be considered, but must be able to work during EST business hours. Apply by June 28 for consideration.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 Bitch Media is accepting applications for their writing fellowships until July 1. They’re also seeking submissions for the POWER issue until August 24.
  • Augur Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and graphic fiction for Issue 3.2, themed “A Multiplicity of Futures,” until July 15.
  • button_new3 Name & None is accepting submissions from Black trans/non-binary/intersex creators only for their fourth issue Black Trans Power until July 10.
  • 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 only. 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is hiring a Digital Communications Manager and a Programs Manager.
  • 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. 
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull Press is seeking a Marketing Coordinator. The salary is listed as $45,000.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Graydon House, a subsidiary of Harper Collins, is accepting unagented submissions from Black authors until September 8. If they make an offer, they will recommend agents to you. Send pitch letter and the first 30 pages to GHSubmissions [at] Harpercollins.com.
  • 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.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • (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.
  • button_new3 REMOTE POSITION: Publishers Weekly is seeking a columnist and writer-at-large to cover issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the book business in addition to general trade news for both print and digital.
  • button_new3 (Washington D.C.) The Pulitzer Center is currently seeking an experienced Copy Editor. 
  • 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.
  • 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 Creative Lead, a Digital Comic Editor (Spanish), an Editor, a Producer, and a Spanish UA Performance Manager. They’re also seeking a Freelance Bilingual Editor/Linguistic Tester (Korean/English), un Corrector Freelance Coreano, y un Copywriter Creativo.
  • Yen Press is seeking manga proofreaders and copy editors and proofreaders of our novels. Many projects available on a rolling basis. Proofreading test available to interested parties. Working knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style required. Email Yen Press at proofreading (at) yenpress (dot) com. BIPOC especially encouraged to apply.
  • 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 20, 2020



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