Weekly Roundup: October 3, 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.


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.
  • button_new3 WEBTOON will host the 2020 WEBTOON CANVAS Awards, an end-of-year awards celebration featuring six categories. All CANVAS readers who read 50 series, with a minimum of 5 episodes per series, before October 18th at 6PM PDT will be selected to participate in the first ever CANVAS Awards nomination process. The winners in each of the 6 categories will be greenlit to become WEBTOON ORIGINALS.
  • 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

nogoingbackArledge Comics is currently raising funds to publish No Going Back, a 201-page graphic novel written by Mike Furth, illustrated by Anna Wieszczyk, and edited by Natalie Cooper. Rebecca is raised in a world surrounded by a wall, but what happens when she gets the courage to go beyond it? Reward options include digital or physical copies of the graphic novel, an acrylic pin, and a sticker pack. The campaign ends on October 12.
avasdemonbookoneMichelle Czajkowski is currently raising funds to publish Ava’s Demon: Book One: Reborn. The ongoing sci-fi/fantasy multimedia webcomic features a girl named Ava and the demon haunting her. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Ava’s Demon: Book One, a pack of digital wallpapers, a book of Michelle’s art, a trading card 4-pack, a signed bookplate, and archival prints. The campaign ends on October 14.
toloveyouTo Love You is currently raising funds to publish and produce its collaborate art anthology. The book features over 50 pages of full-color illustrations of sapphics through the ages. Reward options include digital or physical copies of the book, art prints, stickers, an acrylic charm, and a wooden pin. The campaign ends on October 15.
avialaeFull-time webcomic artist Lucid is currently raising funds to publish the print editions of Avialae issues 1-6. Now complete, the 18+ 748-page story of Avialae features Gannet, who suddenly grows wings during his last year of high school, and his neighbor, Bailey, who helps him uncover the mystery of the wings. Reward options include digital or printed copies of Avialae issue 6, printed copies of other issues, a slipcase, an 18″ x 24″ print, an acrylic standee, an acrylic keychain, wedding rings, and even more. The campaign ends on October 17.
atofcolorA Touch of Color Zine is currently raising funds to publish its art anthology. Featuring over 48 illustrations of fairies in a full kaleidoscope of colors, the project features over 50 artists. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, stickers, charms, mini-prints, acrylic pins, and washi tape. The campaign ends on October 19.
starboundThe Boston Comics Roundtable is currently raising funds to publish Starbound: A Space Sci-Fi Comic Anthology. The 120-page anthology features a series of grayscale comics, many from contributors never before published. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Starbound, a sticker, a bookmark, a print, a full-page ad, and a commission. The campaign ends on October 22.
girlswholovemonstersbutton_new3 Destinie Carbone is raising funds to publish Girls Who Love Monsters, a collaborative book featuring stories and art. Comic artists, illustrators, and authors contributed works dedicated to their love of monsters and how it has influenced their work. Reward options include digital or physical copies of the book, digital wallpapers, stickers, a pin button, and prints. The campaign ends October 31.
interpretthisdreambutton_new3 Mad Sparrow is raising funds to publish Interpret This Dream, a comics anthology exploring each creator’s most effecting dreams. The full-color comics anthology features over 100 pages and 15 stories from artists whose perspectives shifted following an earth-shaking dream. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the book and phone wallpapers. the campaign ends on October 31.

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 frequently with any event you have planned through 2021. 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

  • endingbutton_4 Comic artist Grey is accepting applications for 10 Black students to participate in a mentorship teaching gesture and figure drawing. Apply by October 9 for consideration.
  • Verso Books is accepting applications for its year-long Verso Fellowship. The 2021 Fellowship program will run from January to December, and will be paid $37,500 per year with full benefits: twenty-five days of paid vacation, health, dental and vision insurance, and commuter benefits. Apply by October 15 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

  • ViciousMinutesHour is accepting applications from Black Trans folk for two Artist-in-Residence positions. The artist-in-residence opportunity pays $225 CDN per week and serves as a space/time grant, providing an additional source of income for the general work applicants do as an artist.

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • 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. (CURRENTLY ON PAUSE)
  • button_new3 (New York City, NY) Café Royal Cultural Foundation NYC will award a publishing grant to authors of fiction or creative non-fiction, poetry, and playwriting. Applicants must be a current resident of New York City and have lived there for a minimum of one year prior to applying. Apply before November 16 at 9am ET for consideration.
  • The Covid-19 Aid Funds website lists funding opportunities.
  • 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).
  • 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. (CURRENTLY ON PAUSE)
  • The $50,000 Super Patron grant is accepting applications from Black creators through October 16. Submit a video that is three minutes or less with something you’ve made (song, podcast, piece of writing, comic, etc.) that shows who you are and what you do.
  • 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 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

  • AbleGamers is looking for pitches about disability in video games to be featured in their 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.
  • (REMOTE) BenBella Books is seeking a Senior Editor and a Production Editor.
  • (Colorado Springs, CO) The Bindery is seeking a literary agent.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Chronicle Books is seeking an Associate Managing Editor.
  • 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.
  • (Solon, OH) Findaway is seeking an Acquisitions Specialist to identify, pursue, and acquire audio rights for books and/or other media across Findaway’s publishing imprints.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Hachette Book Group is seeking an Editorial Director for imprint Grand Central Publishing and button_new3 a Senior Editor for the Basic Books imprint.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • button_new3 (Brooklyn, NY) Kickstarter is seeking a Director of Publishing Outreach to connect with and inspire the community of publishing, comics, and journalism creators across the world.
  • (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.
  • Panel Patter is looking for contributors, particularly from writers interested in manga and webcomics. They do not offer payment.
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking an Editor for their wellness imprint Zeitgeist. button_new3 Penguin Young Readers is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) The Quarto Group is seeking a Project 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.
  • (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.
  • 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 pitches for its blog for Native American Heritage Month / Indigenous Heritage Month. Native/Indigenous/First Nations writers, email Alaina pitches at alainalavoie@diversebooks.org. Payment starts at $150.

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: September 26, 2020

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