Weekly Roundup: February 19, 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


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News


Social Resources

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Awards and Prizes


Crowdfunded Projects

curseofclanblackwood 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 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.
ualdesign button_new3 Scotty Glory is selling a pre-order of a shirt with a design reading “you are loved” to raise funds for funeral expenses and living costs. The design is available on 4 different types of shirts from sizes S-XXL in a variety of t-shirt colors. Order by March 2 to secure your purchase, and expect the shirts to be shipped on or near March 9.
dameswarriorwomenlegend 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 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.
weightless button_new3 Illustrator Geneva Bowers is currently raising funds to publish their art book Weightless. Featuring works from 2020, the art book is “inspired by an oscillating feeling of both quiet, rest, wonder and freedom, with a respect for nature and the ethereal.” Reward options include a physical copy of the art book, digital or physical copies of a coloring book, a notebook, postcards, and an exclusive print. The campaign ends on March 6.
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.
tutoringnsfw NSFW! Pink Pitcher is currently raising funds to publish Tutoring, a short erotic fantasy comic. Tutoring features two characters from Root & Branch in a sexual, consensual afternoon tutoring session. Reward options include digital and physical copies of TutoringRoot and Branch, and postcards. The campaign ends on March 10.
gbbpp button_new3 Mira Ong Chua is raising funds to publish Goodbye, Battle Princess Peony. The dark f/f romance features magical girl Peony, whose fate is to save her world from Divine Lady Silkrose. But after she’s accidentally warped into Silkrose’s private academy for villains-in-training, will the secrets she learns and the feelings she harbor change her destiny? Reward options include digital and physical copies of Goodbye, Battle Princess Peony, a digital wallpaper, a paper doll PDF, a book plate, stickers, prints, an enamel pin, and past comics by Mira Ong Chua. The campaign ends on March 12.
cosmicsummer button_new3 Samn Judge is raising funds to publish COSMIC SUMMER: A Sci-Fi Vacation Anthology. The collection of eight all-ages sci-fi comics and illustrations takes place aboard the intergalactic cruise ship The Alula and features 52+ full-color pages. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, stickers, postcards, and a patch. The campaign ends on March 17.

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


General/Misc.


Animation

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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Del Rey, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is seeking an Assistant Editor.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Pantheon Books, an imprint within the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Phaidon Press is seeking a creative, experienced Children’s Book Editor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Workman Publishing Co. is seeking a Children’s Editor and an Editorial Assistant.
  • button_new3 Zenescope is seeking a Lead Editor with a minimum of 3 years of editorial experience in the comic book industry. Experience as a Lead or Executive Editor is preferred, but not required. Email jobs [at] zenescope.com with a resume.

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.

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.


Designers


Fan Zines

Looking for fan zines to submit to? Check out Apps4Zines on Twitter.


Games

Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwideMitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobsWork With Indies lists game dev jobs with independent studios.


Mentorships & Fellowships

  • endingbutton_4 The Leonard A. Slade, Jr. Poetry Fellowships for Poets of Color and The Voices of Color Fiction Fellowships are accepting applications from people of color ages 18 and older until February 22. The awards provide funding to attend a week of choice at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. First Prize recipients will receive the full retreat package, covering tuition and lodging. Two Second Prize recipients (one in each genre) will receive $500 credit toward the cost of tuition.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • (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.
  • The University of Texas Press is offering a Publishing Fellowship for the 2021–2022 year, beginning September 1, 2021, and ending August 31, 2022. They are accepting applications from all humanities graduates until March 31.

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.


Teaching

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

  • 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 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.
  • endingbutton_4 Bitch Media is accepting pitches for their 91st issue with the theme “plastic.” Submissions will be accepted until February 22.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • button_new3 Butter Press is seeking queer, nonbinary, or trans unpaid, volunteer readers. Apply by March 1 for consideration.
  • button_new3 Jennifer Azantian of the Azantian Literary Agency is looking for a BIPOC mentee for 2021 and into early 2022. The program is educationally based and provides a comprehensive introduction to the world of publishing. The goal is to help mentees foster the skills they need to get placed at an agency or move up within ALA as an Associate Agent within a reasonable time-frame. Apply by March 1 for consideration.
  • 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.
  • OUT THERE: Into the Queer New Yonder is accepting submissions of queer YA short fiction until March 1.
  • Lightspeed Magazine is accepting submissions of fantasy from BIPOC only from March 1-7, and all fantasy from March 8-14.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 The Black Creatives Revisions Workshop, an extended opportunity for writers who have completed a full draft of a Middle Grade, Young Adult, or Adult novel, is accepting applications from writers who identify as part of the African diaspora until March 19.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 KL Caldwell has called for abstracts for Black Feminisms Beyond Borders: Cultivating Knowledge, Solidarity, and Liberation. The volume brings together Black feminist voices and movements from the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe, and includes poetry, political manifestos, songs, activist reflections and conversations, and scholarly essays. Submit your proposal materials and any questions by April 19.
  • 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.
  • 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).

  • 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 is seeking two Editorial Assistants, a Managing Editorial Assistant, and a Senior Editor.
  • 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.
  • The BookEnds Literary Agency is hiring remote literary agents and contract consultants.
  • (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.
  • Escape Pod is accepting short science fiction submissions.
  • (REMOTE – US ONLY) Marietta Zacker and Beth Phelan are seeking a part-time, temporary assistant.
  • (Kaysville, UT, REMOTE OK) Gibbs Smith Publishing seeks an Acquiring Editor with a passion for creating exceptional books.
  • (New York, NY) Greenhouse Literary Agency is seeking a Literary Agent.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • (Chicago, IL) Jackbox Games is looking for a comedy writer for its future game releases. Apply by March 1 for consideration.
  • (New York, NY) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Kokila is seeking a Publishing Assistant to report to both the Publisher and Art Director to provide administrative, editorial, and design support all while coordinating with various departments in the division, agents, authors, and illustrators.
  • 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.
  • (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..
  • (New York, NY) Pantheon Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (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) The Paris Review is seeking a Managing Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking a Children’s Editor to join the Zeitgeist imprint and a Production Editor for 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.
  • (New York, NY) Phaidon Press is seeking a Children’s Book Editor.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and an Editorial Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Zando is looking for an Associate Editor.

Youth & Internships


Resources


Deals

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.


Giveaways


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: February 12, 2021

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