Weekly Roundup: September 11, 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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  • 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. Gary provided some thoughts on the “anomaly” here.
  • 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

Crowdfunded Projects

theforestishomeendingbutton_4 Illustrator Michi is raising funds to produce Baba Yaga Themed Merchandise series The Forest is Home. Michi filters the mythos of Baba Yaga through their explorations of found family and finding hope in times of desperation. Reward options include enamel pins, patches, a tote bag, an art book, washi tape, and prints. Potential rewards still to be unlocked include note pads and pencil bags. The campaigns concludes on September 13.
thefirewithinShawn Pryor is raising funds to publish The Fire Within, a hardcover storybook about domestic violence from the eyes of a child. With the book, Pryor intends to encourage discussion of domestic abuse and its impact on children and youth. Reward options include digital and hardcover copies of the book, a mini poster, a bookmark, a digital wallpaper, PDFs of past graphic novels by Shawn Pryor, and a Skype session with Pryor. The campaign ends on September 17.

 Please check the Comics section on Kickstarter to find even more creative crowdfunding campaigns to support.



Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide. You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.comSee Entertainment Careers for more listings.

Comics, Illustration, and More

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 Apps4Zines on Twitter.


Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide. Mitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobs. Work With Indies lists game dev jobs with independent studios.

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • 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

  • We Need Diverse Books is offering small grants for diverse creatives in children’s publishing who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • endingbutton_4 I Need Diverse Games is offering a total of $6,000 to Black and POC streamers that are in need of equipment to either start streaming, or upgrade their current set up. Apply by September 15 for consideration.

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


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Voice Acting

  • Nightlight Podcast is seeking Black male voice actors. Episodes are paid at $15-$25 per story, depending upon length.

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

Writing and Editing

  • endingbutton_4 #LatinxPitch will take place on September 15 from 8am to 8pm EST. All unagented and agented Kidlit Latinx authors, author-illustrators, and illustrators are welcome to participate.
  • HBO and The Root are accepting submissions of short fiction (750 words or less) from Black writers for their short fiction contest For The Love Of The Craft until September 18. The winner will receive $5,000, have their story published in The Root, and receive mentorship from writers on Lovecraft Country.
  • Flame Tree Publishing is accepting submissions of Gothic Fantasy Short Stories for the Black Sci-Fi Short Stories anthology. Black writers may submit their works by September 21.
  • Books Forward is offering one full-service, customized author publicity and book marketing campaign valued at $20,000. The giveaway is open to both traditionally- and independently-published authors, fiction or nonfiction. You must have a targeted publication date between May–December 2021. Apply by October 1 for consideration.
  • Neon Hemlock Press is open to submissions of speculative novellas from Black writers until October 5.
  • Kwame Mbalia is seeking short story submissions from Black men and Black nonbinary writers. Submissions should be appropriate for middle grade readers and focus on Black joy in boyhood. Submit your work by November 1; 2 pieces will be selected, receive $2,000, and may be published.
  • Alan Pelaez Lopez is soliciting contributions from contemporary queer and trans Afro-Latinx writers for a multi-genre anthology about memory, care, and futurity until December 1.
  • FIYAH Lit Mag is open to unthemed prose and poetry submissions until December 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 October 4 (extended), and submissions for Romance are due by October 4, 2021 (extended).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (REMOTE) BenBella Books is seeking a Senior Editor and a Production Editor.
  • Black Rainbow accepts pitches from LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and pays $150 for selected articles.
  • The BookEnds Literary Agency is hiring remote literary agents and contract consultants.
  • 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.
  • Fadwa is accepting applications from Black or Indigenous authors and authors of color who have a book coming out in 2021 for #ColortheShelves, a weekly series on her blog uplifting BIPOC authors.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • (Brentwood, TN) Hachette Nashville is seeking a full-time Senior Editor.
  • 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.
  • Latinx in Publishing is seeking volunteer mentors for their annual mentorship program.
  • (San Diego, CA) Literary Agent Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is seeking an Assistant “interested in the world of children’s book publishing and the publishing industry.”
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • The Mary Sue is hiring a part-time Books Editor. New York-adjacent preferred, remote applicants will be considered.
  • Name and None is still seeking submissions from Black trans creators for their Black Trans Power issue.
  • Non.Plus Lit is seeking previously unpublished personal essays on any topic of the writer’s choosing for Black Reflections: a collection of essays by Black writers. Contributors will be paid $50 for each accepted essay.
  • Panel Patter is looking for contributors, particularly from writers interested in manga and webcomics. They do not offer payment.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking an Editor for their wellness imprint Zeitgeist.
  • POC in Publishing is looking for POC to volunteer as mentors for the next iteration of their mentorship program for 2021, particularly in the following fields in the industry: editorial, agenting/scouting, marketing, publicity, and art/design. All queries from people interested in mentoring can be directed to Mentorship & Retention Committee Director Saba Sulaiman at ssulaiman [at] talcottnotch.net.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) The Quarto Group is seeking a Project Editor.
  • Queerly Represent Me is creating a series of ‘Best Practice Guidelines’ on a number of topics related to diversity and inclusion, and are seeking additional writers and reviewers to contribute. This is a paid opportunity.
  • Reedsy is seeking remote 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.
  • (New York, NY) Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • SOLRAD is now accepting pitches for comics criticism, essays, and interviews. They are especially interested in cartoonists of color interviewing other cartoonists of color.
  • (New York, NY) St. Martin’s Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Culver City, CA) Tapas is seeking an Associate Editor, Comics and a Content Acquisition Assistant Manager.
  • 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.
  • Variable West, a new platform for West Coast art, is accepting pitches for their column Love Letters: micro essays on artists we can’t stop thinking about.
  • We Need Diverse Books is seeking recommendations for a paid sensitivity reader. The person hiring is looking for a trans reader, preferably a Black trans woman. Please send an email to alainalavoie@diversebooks.org and carolinerichmond@diversebooks.org if this is a fit.

Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!

Youth & Internships



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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 – August 29, 2020

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