Weekly Roundup: December 5, 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

  • button_new3 The Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards are accepting submissions from Black writer in America and across the globe until December 18. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by December 13. Eligible books include debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as collections of short stories, and collections of essays by one author, but do not include genre fiction such as romance or mystery works. There is an application fee of $40.
  • 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 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are now accepting applications through February 7, 2021. Two grants will provide support to two libraries that would like to expand their existing graphic novel services and programs; the other will provide support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative. Each grant recipient will receive $4,000 divided between different objectives.

Crowdfunded Projects


Gary is raising funds to publish Incoming!, a sci-fi anthology. The 72-page perfect-bound black and white mini-book features three 20-page comics, a short prose story, and a creator interview. Reward options include a digital and physical copy of Incoming!, a sticker, a behind-the-scenes PDF, art cards, and a t-shirt. The campaign ends on December 21.

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


  • Do you run a small business selling hand-made items? Sign up to be a part of Paper Cat Press’s Holiday Market! Beginning the week of November 23 through the end of the year, I’ll be listing shops that sell hand-made items, including art or writing commissions, accessories, clothing, crafts, prints, and more.
  • button_new3 FIYAH Literary Magazine is seeking a Technical Assistant to work with the Webmaster/Art Director L.D. Lewis in maintaining the magazine website and responding to customer support inquiries. The role pays a stipend of $100/month plus annual bonus of $200 per year on staff, and can be fulfilled remotely.
  • button_new3 Go Komikimok, a collective of SEA creators, is now open.
  • Abelle, the creator of the #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag, has moved the directory to AirTable. Please add your name if you are a Black artist!
  • If you’re a Filipino artist, add your name to the Filipino American Artist Directory!
  • #APIpit is a Twitter pitch event for Asian/Pasifika writers and illustrators during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The inaugural event will be held on May 4, 2021. Learn more here.
  • 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. 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: Socks, due November 27; Air, due December 4; and the 20th Anniversary, due December 25.
  • endingbutton_4 The Medic! Zine is looking for single-page submissions of poetry, stories, visual art, illustration, and photography. Funds raised through the zine will be donated to the Milwaukee Resistance Medic Collctive (RMC) to help pay for EMT training and medical supplies for protests. Contributors will receive a free copy of the completed zine. Submit your work by December 10 for consideration.
  • Echoes of the Mist, a collaborative mermaid-themed tarot project, is accepting portfolio submissions until December 15. All proceeds will be donated to the Coral Restoration Foundation.
  • button_new3 Level Ground Comics is accepting pitch submissions for upcoming comic anthology The Greatest Hits: A Comics Mixtape. Final works should be 4 pages long and rated at most “PG.” Contributors would be paid $50/page upon successful Kickstarter completion. Submissions are due by December 15.
  • button_new3 Hindsight (2020), an open-submission, digital anthology that seeks to answer the question, “What must the future remember and know about 2020?” is accepting submissions until January 1, 2021. Comics, photography, illustration, essays, short fiction, poetry, or anything else that can be put into a PDF is welcome. This project is unpaid.
  • XP-Pen is hosting an art contest with the theme “My 2020: Joy or Sadness?” Prizes include the XP-Pen tablet displays, Submissions are due by January 5, 2021.
  • Heebie-Jeebies, a horror comic anthology project, is accepting submissions until January 31, 2020. Contributors will receive a copy of the final printed anthology.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting comic submissions with the theme “Moments of Crying, Smiling, or Love” until January 27, 2021. The grand prize includes 500,000 ¥ and more!
  • 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.
  • button_new3 The Biome Collective Grant for Digital Creatives is accepting applications from artists in Scotland from underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds until January 8, 2021. The no-strings attached £500 grant is intended to support you and your work however that help is most needed.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • button_new3 (St. Louis, MO) Washington University is seeking an Assistant Professor of English from emerging creative nonfiction writers whose work centers on the experience of Blackness.

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

  • button_new3 (New York, NY) AA Knopf is seeking an Executive Editor to acquire upmarket crime fiction and commercial fiction, expanding their current list and increasing the diversity of their range of fiction titles.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Abrams Press and The Overlook Press are seeking a Senior Editor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Basic Books, imprint of Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company, is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the Editorial Director and a Senior Editor.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Book of the Month is seeking an “analytically-minded book nerd” to fill the Editorial Associate role.
  • button_new3 (Cambridge, MA) Bookbub is seeking an Editor to work with Chirp, their new audiobook retailer, to curate and merchandise audiobooks to be featured in daily emails and on their website.
  • The BookEnds Literary Agency is hiring remote literary agents and contract consultants.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Bold Type Books is seeking an Editorial Director to develop and implement a sustainable, long-term editorial strategy, to personally acquire and manage book projects, to manage an editorial team, and to represent the imprint’s publishing vision to the public, agents and authors.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Dey Street Books is seeking a Senior Editor to acquire high profile manuscripts and proposals for the imprint.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (Solon, OH) Findaway is seeking an Acquisitions Specialist to identify, pursue, and acquire audio rights for books and other media.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • (REMOTE; willingness to eventually move to Minneapolis is a plus but not required) Graywolf Press is seeking a Senior Acquiring Editor.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • 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) 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.
  • 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 to join the Joy Revolution imprint at Random House Children’s Books, a new imprint focused on young adult romance; a Senior Editor at Clarkson Porter; an Associate Managing Editor to manage manga titles on behalf of Kodansha Comics; and an Associate Director of Client Operations for Graphic Novels and Manga.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • Rogue’s Portal is seeking contributors and columnists. They do not offer payment.
  • (Philadelphia, PA) Running Press is seeking an Assistant Editor/Associate Editor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (San Francisco, CA) Viz Media is seeking an Editor, preferably with working knowledge of the Japanese language.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant to work in the Custom Publications division.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Children’s Editor and a Senior Editor.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Zeitgeist, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is seeking a nonfiction Children’s Editor.

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: November 28, 2020

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