Weekly Roundup: January 22, 2021

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.
  • The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are now accepting applications through February 7. 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.
  • button_new3 The Center for Cartoon Studies is accepting submissions of print comics and webcomics for the 9th Annual Cartoonist Studio Prize The winning creators in both categories will each receive $1,000 and a Wacom One Creative Pen Display. Works must be submitted by February 15.
  • The Prism Awards are accepting applications from queer authors with comics that promote representations of LGBTQIA+ characters through February 28.
  • The Eisner Awards is accepting submissions for consideration until March 15.

Crowdfunded Projects

werisefromourashes Illustrator Abi Stevens is currently raising funds to produce the We Rise From Ashes Pin. Tier options include one or two enamel pins. The campaign ends on February 11. theskyleftus The Event Horizon Crew is currently raising funds to produce The Sky Left Us. The sci-fi visual novel discusses climate change, classism, and how relationships shape our politics. Play as Spire Risan, an off-worlder scientist who becomes entangled in the drama of a mountain they came here to save. Reward options include the digital download of the game, the original soundtrack, an art book, a lore book, and a set of enamel pins. The campaign ends on February 18.

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


  • Check out Paper Cat Press’s Holiday Market! I’ll be listing shops that sell hand-made items, including art or writing commissions, accessories, clothing, crafts, prints, and more. (Sign-up is now closed.)
  • Go Komikimok, a collective of SEA creators, is now open. They recently released a series of resources: “The Comic Creator’s Guide to Graphic Novel Pitch Packets” and “The Comic Creator’s Guide to Literary Agents.
  • 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!
  • ENBY Magazine is seeking a U.S. based QT(BIPOC preferred) individual who can work as a music manager, videographer, etc.
  • Kara created the hashtag #SmallArtistFair to help artists with shops and follower counts under 10,000.
  • button_new3 In February, Kickstarter is hosting its annual Zine Quest prompt encouraging creators RPG to life with maps, adventures, monsters, comics, articles, and interviews. To participate, launch a two-week project for a single-color unbound, folded, stapled, or saddle-stitched RPG zine on A5 or smaller paper. Kickstarter will promote projects Monday, February 1 and continue through the month.
  • #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. Learn more here.
  • The first-ever #PitchDis, a Twitter pitch event for un-agented disabled authors, is coming Tuesday, June 22.
  • The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!
  • WEBTOON will be extending the WEBTOON CANVAS Creator Rewards Program until the end of 2021. The current 100% net ad revenue support for CANVAS creators will continue until the end of June 2021.


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!
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 Quarterly gallery show Locus is accepting applications from literary and visual artists for LOCUS: VI until January 23. Selected contributors will be notified by January 25. Literary artists will have 3 weeks to submit a new or existing short work. Visual artists will receive that work on February 15 and will then have 3 weeks to create a new work inspired by, in response to, or interpreting the literary piece. Any artwork sold or tips given during the show, while assisted by the curator, are 100% profit kept by the artist.
  • endingbutton_4 The Silent Manga Audition is accepting comic submissions with the theme “Moments of Crying, Smiling, or Love” until January 27. The grand prize includes 500,000¥ and more!
  • endingbutton_4 Threadless is currently running the following design challenges: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray, due by January 29.
  • button_new3 The Nib is seeking short pitches on drug experiences and how you want to approach it within a 4-panel space. Pitches should be received by January 30.
  • Heebie-Jeebies, a horror comic anthology project, is accepting submissions until January 31. Contributors will receive a copy of the final printed anthology.
  • 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.
  • Clip Studio Paint is accepting submissions for its International Comic/Manga Schools Contest with the theme “Admiration” until April 29.

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.


  • (New York, NY) Abrams Children’s Books and ComicArts is seeking a Senior Designer.
  • button_new3 The Bronx is Reading is seeking an experienced freelance designer to work on a project. They’re seeking someone who loves to design with vibrant colors, is obsessed with modern/feminist brands like R29, The Wing, and Afropunk. Experience with brand management is a plus. Email thebronxisreading [at] gmail.com with your portfolio and rates.
  • Chronicle Books is seeking a Design and Development Director for the Petit Collage brand.
  • (Toronto, ON) Corus Entertainment is seeking a Senior Book Designer to design and art direct children’s books.
  • (New York, NY) The Hachette Books Art department is seeking a Junior Designer.
  • (New York, NY) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is seeking a Design Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is seeking a Designer to conceive unique, creative, and engaging book covers and interiors for young adult, middle grade, and non-fiction novels.
  • (New York, NY) Orbit is seeking a Designer.
  • (Salem, MA) Page Street Publishing is seeking a Design Assistant. Starting salary is $33,000.
  • (New York, NY) Skyhorse Publishing is seeking a Cover Designer.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Design Assistant and a Designer/Senior Designer.

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

  • button_new3 Comics writer and illustrator Nilah Magruder is offering a graphic novel mentorship most ideal for middle-grade and young adult graphic novels. Mentees will spend six months developing a graphic novel pitch for publication and learning about the graphic novel industry. Black and Indigenous artists will be prioritized. Applications must be received by January 31 for consideration.

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.
  • endingbutton_4 Saltonstall is accepting applications for its free artist and writer residencies who are current residents of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein until January 23. Residencies occur from June 3 – October 30.
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 (Oakland, CA) The Moments Co-Op is hosting two residencies: one for Black, Indigenous, POC led mutual aid & community based project over the course of one month, and one for parents and youth aged 16-24 over the course of three months. Apply by January 25 consideration.
  • The Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction is accepting submissions of original works of fiction under 2,000 words until April 15. Submissions cost €20 for the entry and €10 for every entry afterwards, with full-fee and half-fee sponsorships available. The first prize winner will receive €1500, a week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and a consultation with a Literary Agent from Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

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)
  • The California Arts Council is accepting applications for its new Individual Artist Fellowship Program. Approximately 130 artists will receive financial support of at least $5,000. Applications must be received by April 1.
  • 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.
  • Gameheads is accepting submissions from young Black students interested in interactive entertainment and mixed media industries for their Black Video Game Scholars Program. The program begins January 30, so apply soon.
  • button_new3 The 2021 Good Story Grant, two grants of $1,500 with one delivered to BIPOC, is accepting applications from writers until January 31.
  • 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).
  • The Moonrise Fund, an early-stage equity fund backing ambitious creators, is offering $120,000 to $250,000 funds. Visit this page to learn more and apply.
  • My Documented Life maintains a list of scholarships for undocumented students.
  • PIVOT, a resource fund for Black artists in Ontario, is accepting applications from Black artists in Ontario adapting to the shifting expectations and requirements created by the proliferation of COVID-19. Apply for up to $1,000 in funding towards professional development, equipment, and other professional costs. Applications must be received by February 7.
  • Point of Pride has established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to connect trans people to small grants for short-term expenses.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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Voice Acting

  • The Strange Horizons podcast is seeking narrators, particularly those who speak Arabic, in advance of this year’s releases, including the Palestine Special Issue coming out in March. All dialects, gender identities, and nationalities welcome. Post your short voice clip here.

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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Alcove Press, an imprint of Crooked Lane Books, is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • 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.
  • Black Rainbow accepts pitches from LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and pays $150 for selected articles.
  • (New York, NY) Bloomsbury Publishing is seeking an Assistant Editor to work with the Children’s Trade group and an Assistant Editor to work with the Adult Trade group.
  • (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.
  • (New York, NY) Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Boyds Mills & Kane, is seeking a Senior Editor with a proven acquisition record for high-quality children’s book.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Del Rey Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (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.
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux is hiring a freelance junior designer with strong typography skills and an attention to detail to join the art department.
  • (Solon, OH) Findaway is seeking an Acquisitions Editor to join their newly formed audio publishing team.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • (New York, NY) HarperCollins is seeking an Executive Editor for Quill Tree Books.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Inkyard Press is seeking an Editor to acquire and edit Middle Grade and Young Adult titles across multiple genres.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • (New York, NY) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking an Executive Editor. The employee will work primarily off-site, but ideally would be located within the Greater NYC Area (<2-hour commute to the city and the ability to report to our office on-demand), though they will consider highly qualified clients from out of state.
  • Kwame shared BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, a 2021 calendar of book releases by Black authors. If you are a Black author, traditional or independent, with a book release in 2021, add your name to the list.
  • (New York, NY) Legacy Lit, a new imprint dedicated to uplifting BIPOC voices and social justice topics, is seeking an Assistant Editor to provide essential editorial and administrative support to the Publisher.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • Macmillian Publishers is seeking a Production Editor to oversee approximately fifty fiction and nonfiction titles per year, including graphic novels, complex illustrated titles, picture books, novelty books, and middle grade and YA novels.
  • New Naratif welcomes pitches from freelancers in Southeast Asia (or from the Southeast Asian diaspora) about stories and issues that matter to Southeast Asia and Southeast Asians. Submissions may include research, journalism, comics, videos, podcasts, etc..
  • (Salem, MA) Page Street Publishing is seeking an Assistant Production Editor and an Editorial Assistant. Starting salary is $33,000.
  • 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 a Production Manager to work with SquareEnix on a growing list of titles comprising graphic novels (manga), trade novels, art books, and other publishing products. They’re also seeking a Children’s Editor and button_new3 a Production Editor to join the Zeitgeist imprint, an Executive Editor to join AA Knopf, a Production Editor, button_new3 a Senior Editor, and an Editorial Assistant for the following imprints: Viking, Penguin Books, Penguin Life, and Penguin Classics.
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Young Readers is seeking an Assistant Production Editor to work on all stages of their books, from electronically copyedited manuscripts through finished book.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • (New York, NY) Princeton Architectural Press is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • (Beverly, MA) The Quarto Group is seeking a Senior Acquisitions Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Random House Graphic is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the Senior Editor and a Book Production Editor.
  • Rogue’s Portal is seeking contributors and columnists. They do not offer payment.
  • (New York, NY) Running Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) W.W. Norton is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Children’s Editor.

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: January 15, 2021

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