Weekly Roundup: February 5, 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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Social Resources

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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.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • 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 endingbutton_4 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. curseofclanblackwood button_new3 Wildstar Press is raising funds to publish The Curse of Clan Blackwood by River Kero. The historical horror fiction graphic novel explores the weight of generational legacies and their consequences via Harland Blackwood, the last aristocrat in the Blackwood family who must save his lover from the cosmic horror that haunts him. Reward options include digital and physical copies of The Curse of Clan Blackwood, postcards, and stickers. The campaign ends on March 2. enbymagazine button_new3 ENBY Magazine, a North American independent magazine produced by and for non-binary people, is raising funds for The Future of ENBY Magazine. The main goal with the campaign is to construct a sustainable framework to use to make ENBY Magazine, with additional goals of publishing the Mind & Body double issue, the ENBY Magazine podcast, and paying for the continuation of the work on digital platforms. Reward options include digital and print copies of the Mind & Body issue of ENBY Magazine, stickers, a t-shirt, a shoutout in the first episode of the podcast, a video call with the editors, and a full-page ad. The campaign ends on March 2. dameswarriorwomenlegend button_new3 The art collective of Dames Zine is raising funds to produce Dames: Warrior Women of Legends. The art book features 60 illustrations of different warrior women from legends all around the world, with a quick introduction to each artist and the woman they illustrated at the end of the book. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the book, postcards, prints, stickers, an enamel pin, a patch, and a notebook. The campaign ends on March 4. magicandmusesvol3 button_new3 Comic artist Kristen Kiomall-Evans is raising funds to publish the third and final volume of Magic & Muses. The magical girl trilogy follows students gifted with magical, transformation-inducing necklaces in a seemingly mundane and restrictive school environment who must learn to work together to overcome their adversaries. Reward options include digital and physical copies of volume 3 and previous volumes, a print, a pinback button, and a commission. The campaign ends on March 4. tmgvolume1 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

  • Illustrators can take the State of Illustration international survey here.
  • Illustrators and literary agents: With the help of Cameron Decker and Houndstooth Designs, the Agents for Illustrators list is now a searchable directory. Search agent listings by genre, location, and agency. Agents can now sign up and log in to control their own listings. Thank you, Nilah Magruder!
  • Anathema is open to portfolio submissions from illustrators for new/original and/or reprint cover art.
  • Arledge Comics is accepting submissions of all-ages comics on a rolling basis. They’re also accepting applications for flatters.
  • Arsenika is accepting portfolio submissions and pays $100 for reprint artwork.
  • AZE Journal is accepting general submissions from marginalized voices in the queer community.
  • The Comicadia Herald is accepting submissions of news from webcomic creators, including convention appearances, publishing deals, relaunches and hiatus returns, contests, and more.
  • Creator Advisor helps creators connect with other creators on paid comic book projects.
  • ENBY Magazine is seeking submissions of illustrations, animations, traditional drawings, and artwork from BIPOC non-binary creators for a potential video.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
  • Moonmaker Inc., an artist collective aimed towards networking and building a creative environment for artists who identify as Asian or part of the Asian diaspora, is now open! Check out their website, Discord, and community events to get involved.
  • 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..
  • The New Southern Fugitives is seeking submissions of fiction, book reviews, essays, poetry, photography, and visual art from creators in the South.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • QueerWebcomics.com has two mailing lists available for sign-up – one for professionals, and a general list for customers.
  • (New York, NY) Random House Graphic is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support the Senior Editor.
  • Scholastic Canada invites professional illustrators to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to Andrea Casault, Art Director at acasault@scholastic.ca.
  • Seven Seas Entertainment is hiring a Manga Letterer.
  • button_new3 Shout Mouse Press, a writing program and publishing house for underheard voices, is seeking illustrators for their 2020 series of Books by Teens. In partnership with Reach Incorporated, Shout Mouse Press coaches 12-15 DC teens to write 4 illustrated children’s books for the students they tutor. The project requires at least 2 on-site visits during the last two weeks of July in Washington, DC, and illustrators are offered a stipend of $1,500 per book with the opportunity for a bonus, plus 5 free copies.
  • SOLRAD is now accepting pitches for comics criticism, essays, and interviews. They are especially interested in cartoonists of color interviewing other cartoonists of color.
  • button_new3 (San Francisco, CA) Viz Media is seeking an Editor for Original Graphic Novels to identify new creators to develop original graphic novels appropriate for VIZ Media and seeing through the project development from start to finish.
  • The Washington Center for the Book invites Washingtonians of all ages to send 1- to 3-page COVID-19 stories to be collected into an anthology zine.
  • Submit your webcomic to The Webcomic Library by using this form.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON has a wide number of opportunities available.

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

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

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


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

  • 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 Alex Brown, who runs TorDotCom’s short fic spotlight, is calling Black spec fic writers with a science fiction, fantasy, or horror story being published this month in a magazine (pro, semi-pro, or fan) to share a link to their work.
  • endingbutton_4 Fireside Fiction is accepting submissions of short fiction of up to 3,000 words until February 5.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 Lightspeed Magazine is accepting submissions of science fiction from BIPOC only until February 7, all science fiction from February 8-14, fantasy from BIPOC only from March 1-7, and all fantasy from March 8-14.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 OUT THERE: Into the Queer New Yonder is accepting submissions of queer YA short fiction until March 1.
  • button_new3 Sisters in Crime is accepting applications for its inaugural Pride Award for Emerging LGBTQIA+ Crime Writers. The selected recipient will receive a $2,000 prize. Applications are due by March 15.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Through June 2021, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is waiving fees for SFWA membership for Black writers. If you qualify for membership, are a Black writer, and would like to join the organization or renew your membership, please send an email to office@sfwa.org for more information.
  • 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).
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) AA Knopf is seeking an Executive Editor to acquire upmarket crime fiction and commercial fiction, expanding its current list and increasing the diversity of its 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Abrams Press is seeking two Editorial Assistants, a Managing Editorial Assistant, and a Senior Editor.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • 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 (New York, NY) Calkins Creek, a children’s book imprint focused on American history, is seeking an Associate Editor with a degree in and love of American history.
  • (Petaluma, CA) Cameron + Company, a division of ABRAMS Books, is seeking an Editorial Director and an Editorial Assistant.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • button_new3 Escape Pod is accepting short science fiction submissions.
  • (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.
  • button_new3 (Kaysville, UT, REMOTE OK) Gibbs Smith Publishing seeks an Acquiring Editor with a passion for creating exceptional books.
  • (New York, NY) HarperCollins is seeking an Executive Editor for Quill Tree Books.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • button_new3 (Chicago, IL) Jackbox Games is looking for a comedy writer for its future game releases.
  • (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. 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Little, Brown is seeking a Senior Editor or Executive Editor.
  • “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 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Pantheon Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Park & Fine Literary and Media is seeking an Editorial Associate with a passion for middle grade and young adult fiction.
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking button_new3 a Children’s Editor and a Production Editor to join the Zeitgeist imprint, a Production Editor, a Senior Editor, and an Editorial Assistant for the following imprints: Viking, Penguin Books, Penguin Life, and Penguin Classics.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • button_new3 Strange Horizons is seeking First Readers and Article Editors. Positions are volunteer and unpaid.
  • 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 a Senior Editor.
  • button_new3 We Need Diverse Books is seeking blog volunteers with experience writing for an audience or an interest in interviewing authors about their work. The position is unpaid.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Children’s Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Zando is looking for an Associate 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 22, 2021

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