Weekly Roundup: October 30, 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 The CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature are accepting submissions until November 16. Prizes are awarded in the categories of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Magazine/General Excellence, and Magazine/Best Debut. Anthologies and self-published titles are not eligible, but works in translation and graphic novels are welcome.
  • 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 by diverse authors, and fit into the category of either “Teen” or “Younger Readers.”

Crowdfunded Projects

girlswholovemonstersendingbutton_4 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.
interpretthisdreamendingbutton_4 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.
paroxysm2endingbutton_4 Natalia Lopes is raising funds to publish PAROXYSM Volume II, a collection of horror-centric art, comics, poetry and short stories made by independent creators. With works centering on the themes of obsession and possession, the collection past and new contributors who were encouraged to explore dark concepts and invoke terror. Reward options include digital and physical copies of both volumes of PAROXYSM, art prints, original artwork, and hand-typed poetry. The campaign ends on October 31.
constelacionmagendingbutton_4 Coral Moore is currently raising funds to fund the first year of Constelación Magazine (which is currently accepting submissions). Constelación is a quarterly speculative fiction bilingual magazine, publishing stories in both Spanish and English. Writers can submit their stories in either language, and fifty percent of the stories published in every issue will be from authors from the Caribbean, Latin America, and their diaspora. Reward options include Issue #1, an estrella wallpaper, a sticker of Tobias the Starry Capybara, issues of Lightspeed and Supersonic magazines, an annual subscription, and more. The campaign ends on November 1. thegreatcommandmeantJack Holder is currently raising funds to publish The Great Command Meant Anthology. With 170 pages of full-color comics, The Great Command Meant seeks to question and explore the purpose of commands and how they are carried out. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, a digital copy of the previously published Why Faith?, other digital comics, a personalized sonnet, and canvas prints. The campaign ends on November 12.
threadssecretplacesSpiderForest Webcomic Collective is currently raising funds to publish comic anthology Threads: Secret Places. Members of the collective contributed 17 standalone short comics about secret places, both mundane and fantastic. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Threads: Secret Places, digital and physical copies of past SpiderForest Webcomic Collective anthologies, a collection of digital comics by SpiderForest members, pins, a tote bag, prints, and a coloring book. The campaign ends on November 13.
mrhbutton_new3 Nico Harriman is currently raising funds to publish Mr. H: Portrait of a High School Art Teacher. The 90-page, full-color comic focuses on Mr. H, an uninspired art teacher who learns how important the job is and how he impacts his students’ lives. Back the project to receive a physical copy of the book, with the option to add on a copy of Harriman’s Diary of a Douchebag. The campaign ends on November 24.

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

  • 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: Fire, due November 6; and Smize (for neck gaiters), due November 13.
  • endingbutton_4 khōréō is accepting submissions of short fiction under 5,000 words from writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora. They’re also accepting submissions from artists. Submissions close on October 31.
  • endingbutton_4 Skulls & Spells, a Queer Horror Anthology, is accepting submissions from LGBTQIA+ creators only through October 31. Submissions should reflect your interpretation of queer horror magic. Contributors receive 30£ for each submission and three free creator copies of the book. They’re currently seeking a paid LGBTQIA+ BIPOC project manager who has an affinity for the horror genre and is enthusiastic about the project.
  • endingbutton_4 Tab Kimpton and Harry-Anne Bentley are seeking submissions from artists, writers, and teams for Nectar, a comic anthology of erotic comics focused on trans femme and non binary characters. They’d like 7-15 page long erotic comics ready for Spring/Summer 2021, and are accepting applications until November 1.
  • endingbutton_4 ARTStreet is accepting submissions with the theme “furry” for their monthly illustration contest until November 4. Up to three winners will receive 50,000 yen, and up to five winners will receive 10,000 yen.
  • button_new3 Black artists who participated in #Blacktober are invited to submit their works for the inaugural #Blacktober zine. Submit a single creative submission (art, cosplay, and writing welcome), a short summary/bio on your feelings about #Blacktober, and your social media handle by November 6 to participate.
  • Artist Filipa Estrella is accepting pitches for original comics work in any genre that are made using unconventional materials such as embroidery, clay, cut paper, etc. for upcoming release Meandering Realms: An Unconventional Materials Comic Anthology. Thanks to a generous sponsor, accepted submissions will be paid a starting rate of $15 a page and receive 5 print copies of the book. Submit pitches by November 9 for consideration.
  • The Cloudscape Comics Society is accepting pitches for Fantastic Frights, an all-ages fantasy/horror comics anthology, until November 20.
  • button_new3 Carpe Noctem: Vampires Through The Ages is accepting applications from artists, writers, and poets until December 1. The project is described as “split profit,” but no additional details or specifics are given.
  • Oneshi Press is accepting submissions for a comic anthology based on the theme of “Becoming.” Artists or writers may submit individually and later be paired, or submit as a unit. Final works must be 8-page comics. All submissions of comics, scripts, poems, art portfolios, and cover art concepts must be received by April 7, 2021.

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

  • 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)
  • (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.
  • button_new3 The Center for Cartoon Studies is accepting applications from BIPOC cartoonists for the merit-based scholarships available for the online 2021 winter session of classes. Apply by December 1 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)
  • 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.
  • The Working Class Writers Grant is accepting applications until December 31. Applicants should be working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers of speculative fiction. A selected recipient will receive $1,000.

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

  • endingbutton_4 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 until the end of October. Contributors will be paid $50 for each accepted essay.
  • endingbutton_4 khōréō is accepting submissions of short fiction under 5,000 words from writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora. They’re also accepting submissions from artists. Submissions close on October 31.
  • endingbutton_4 Constelación Magazine is accepting submissions for its first issue with the theme “The Bonds That Unite Us” / “Los lazos que nos unen” until November 1. Stories can be submitted in English or Spanish. All stories in the magazine will be published in both English and Spanish, regardless of which language you submit in.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 Scholastic’s Intro to Publishing Seminar is accepting applications from BIPOC aspiring to enter the children’s publishing industry until November 2 at 11:59PM ET.
  • endingbutton_4 The Seymour Agency is hosting a free pitching event on November 6 from 12PM to 7PM Eastern time. Learn more here and register here.
  • The 2020 Voyage YA Short Story Award is accepting submissions of YA contemporary, romance, fantasy, science fiction, genre-bender, and more until November 15. There is a $20 reading fee per entry.
  • 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.
  • Scholastic is accepting agented and unagented submissions from BIPOC kidlit creators until December 15.
  • FIYAH Lit Mag is open to unthemed prose and poetry submissions until December 31.
  • Neon Hemlock Press is accepting submissions of queer speculative short fiction for upcoming anthology We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020 until December 31.
  • NineStar Press is accepting pitch submissions of LGBTQIA+ romance and/or literary fiction stories from writers of color for upcoming YA anthology: ReImagined: Twist It. Submit by February 1, 2021 for consideration.
  • 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).
  • button_new3 The Griot African Storytellers Competition is accepting short story submissions set in an African context with the theme “Adventure” from African writers located anywhere in the world until January 29, 2021. There is a $5 reading fee.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Black Dog & Leventhal, a New York-based imprint of Running Press/Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company, is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the publishing director and two editors.
  • Black Rainbow accepts pitches from LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and pays $150 for selected articles.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Bold Type Books is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • (New York, NY) Book of the Month is seeking an “analytically-minded book nerd” to fill the Editorial Associate role.
  • 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 (White River Junction, VT) Chelsea Green Publishing is seeking an Editor.
  • Chronicle Books is seeking an Associate Managing Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Clarkson Potter, a publisher of illustrated lifestyle books in the categories of Food & Drink, Design, Photography, Gift & Pop Culture, and Entertainment, is seeking a Senior 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.
  • (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.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • (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.
  • (New York, NY) The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • (New York, NY) One World, an imprint of Random House, is seeking an Editorial Assistant. The salary is $40,000.
  • 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 Associate Managing Editor to manage manga titles on behalf of their client Kodansha Comics. They’re also seeking an Editor to join the Joy Revolution imprint at Random House Children’s Books, a new imprint focused on young adult romance.
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Workshop is seeking an Assistant Editor.
  • (New York, NY) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (Oakland, CA – but currently remote) University of California Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant to work with two Acquisitions Editors.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (San Francisco, CA) Viz Media is seeking an Editor, preferably with working knowledge of the Japanese language.
  • 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: October 23, 2020

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