Weekly Roundup: January 29, 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.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Nominations are now open for the 2021 Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book. Members with an attending or supporting membership for DisCon III or CoNZealand are eligible to nominate. The nomination period closes March 19 at 11:59 p.m., PDT.

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. tmgvolume1 button_new3 Djinn Labs is currently raising funds to publish The Mighty Gang, Volume 1. The action/fantasy/adventure comic features a trio (and cat) whose paths cross when they realize they all have powers that can be used to fight “Daimonics,” intelligent demon-like creatures who pursue power for their own mysterious ends. Reward options include the softcover book, enamel pins, mini prints, and a cameo as a background character or Daimonic. The campaign ends on March 8.

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 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.
  • button_new3 (Princeton, NJ) The Princeton University Press (PUP) Diversify Publishing Fellowship is accepting applications from marginalized individuals with no prior publishing experience until February 15. Two fellows will be have full-time, salaried positions within the Press’s global publishing teams.
  • button_new3 (REMOTE) Cornell University Press is seeking a Mellon Diversity Fellow to join the acquisitions department. The fellow will serve in an entry-level position and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books. This is a 14-month term appointment with medical benefits and paid leave time. Apply by March 14 for consideration.
  • button_new3 Words Without Borders is accepting applications for its Editorial Fellowship until noon ET on February 26.  The WWB Editorial Fellowship program is designed to provide training for individuals looking to build a career around the publication and promotion of international literature. The fellow will work remotely beginning in September and will be paid $16/hour.

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.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 Code Coven’s Intro to Game Making with Unity course is offering scholarships to support BAME/BIPOC who identify as marginalised genders. Apply by February 3 at 11:30PM GMT 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.
  • 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.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • 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

  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 khōréō is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and art, as well as voice actors, from immigrants or members of a diaspora, until January 31.
  • endingbutton_4 Strange Horizons is accepting fiction submissions for its Palestinian Special issue until January 31.
  • endingbutton_4 Senior Literary Agent Carly Watters is offering a virtual literary agent mentorship for BIPOC beginning March 1. Interested parties can email carly [at] psliterary.com by February 1 with your professional background and current career goals to apply.
  • endingbutton_4 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 for consideration.
  • endingbutton_4 Fireside Fiction is accepting submissions of short fiction of up to 3,00 words until February 5.
  • Nosy Crow is accepting picture book submissions from writers and writer-illustrators of color until February 18. There is no information about publishing or payment, but questions can be directed to submissions2021 [at] nosycrow.com.
  • button_new3 Bookouture is offering free editorial feedback on works from writers from under-represented backgrounds through February 20. Writers may submit a synopsis and up to 10,000 words of their book, and within six weeks of submitting, writers will receive detailed feedback from the editorial team on elements such as genre, structure, characterization and style.
  • Bitch Media is accepting pitches for their 91st issue with the theme “plastic.” Submissions will be accepted until February 22.
  • David Luis Glisch-Sánchez and Nic López-Rodríguez are accepting submissions for Sana, Sana: Latinx Pain and Radical Visions for Healing & Justice until February 26. Submissions can be in Spanish, Spanglish, or English. A modest honorarium will be paid to authors of accepted pieces. They encourage all Latinx writers/creatives to submit for consideration.
  • Decoded Pride is seeking submissions of speculative queer sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writing and comics through February 28.
  • The Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards is accepting submissions from high school seniors until March 1 or whenever 1,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first. Penguin Random House will award college scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five U.S. high school seniors, nationwide.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Press is seeking submissions for the Cryptids Anthology until May 1. They pay 0.05¢ American per word for stories up to 5,000 words.
  • 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 Romance are due by October 4 (extended).
  • 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) Abrams Press is seeking a Senior Editor to identify opportunities and appropriate titles for the program for The Overlook Press.
  • (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.
  • button_new3 (West Concord, MA – currently REMOTE) Barefoot Books is seeking an Assistant 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) 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.
  • button_new3 (Petaluma, CA) Cameron + Company, a division of ABRAMS Books, is seeking an Editorial Director and an Editorial Assistant.
  • button_new3 Carnation Books is accepting submissions of f/f historical romance of at least 50,000 words from fanfiction authors.
  • 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) 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Disney Hyperion is seeking a creative Assistant Editor to support two editors through the acquisitions and editorial process for their full lists, which will include all formats from picture books through young adult fiction.
  • 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.
  • (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. button_new3 They’re also seeking a Senior Editor.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) mineditionUS, a division of Astra Publishing House, is seeking an Assistant Editor or Associate Editor.
  • 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 a Production Editor to join the Zeitgeist imprint, an Executive Editor to join AA Knopf, a Production Editor, a Senior Editor, and an Editorial Assistant for the following imprints: Viking, Penguin Books, Penguin Life, and Penguin Classics.
  • button_new3 (Toronto, Canada) Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers is seeking an Editor with a strong focus on graphic novels, illustrated non-fiction, and picture books. Remote applicants from across Canada are welcome, but applicants located within commuting distance of our Toronto office will be given preference for this role
  • (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 and a Senior Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Children’s Editor.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Zando is looking for an Associate Editor.

Youth & Internships



  • Check out the first edition of the Paper Cat Holiday Market! Support small businesses and independent artists this holiday season.
  • Affinity is offering its programs at a 50% discount following a free 90-day trial.
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 Power & Magic Press is celebrating their 5-year anniversary by offering $5 off all physical books until January 31.
  • TKO Presents is offering 21% off orders with code NEWYEAR21 at checkout.
  • Search for more creators to support with hashtags #SmallBusinessSaturday and #ShopSmall!

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 22, 2021

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