Weekly Roundup: March 26, 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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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

  • Submissions for the 2021 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards are open. Publishers and creators can submit original graphic novels and other graphic literature published during 2020 for consideration in the awards. Publishers or creators may submit their titles for consideration by completing the online submission form and uploading a PDF of the title, or you may arrange your preferred method of file transfer by emailing egls [at] popcultureclassroom.org.
  • 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 Sequential Magazine Awards, fan-voted awards that allow Canadian comic fans to show appreciation for their favorite local indie comics and creators as well as discover more great Canadian made comics, is now open for voting.
  • The 2021 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award is accepting nominations of comic retailers until April 16.

Crowdfunded Projects

yougavemeahome Iron Shield Press is currently raising funds to publish YOU GAVE ME A HOME: A Collaborative Zine. Celebrating the unexpected connection between a genius-playboy-billionaire-philanthropist and a super-soldier out of time, the transformative anthology collects over 120 pages of art and short stories. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the zine, a bookmark, art prints, acrylic charms, stickers, and a linked enamel pin set. The campaign ends on April 3.

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

  • 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!
  • endingbutton_4 CODEX OBSCURUS is accepting submissions of artwork exploring the topic of witches and warlocks until March 31. Upon the campaign’s completion, 85% of its profits will be divided among the artists whose entries are chosen to appear in the book
  • Clip Studio Paint, in partnership with NVIDIA Studio, is accepting submissions for its 27th International Art Contest with the theme “My Time to Shine” until April 7. The winner of the Grand Prize will receive a cash prize of US $1,500 and the RTX 3070 GPU Graphics Card.
  • 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.
  • Twisting Time, an anthology of speculative comics, is accepting submissions from artists through April 15. Selected contributors will be paid $20/page, to be paid through a Kickstarter campaign.
  • Clip Studio Paint is accepting submissions for its International Comic/Manga Schools Contest with the theme “Admiration” until April 29.
  • WinC Magazine, the official publication for Women in Comics Collective International (WinC), is accepting submissions for their summer issue through April 30. Comics, prose, and poetry are welcome and creators of accepted submissions will be paid (visit website for pay schedule).
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting textless comic entries between 5 and 17 pages in length with the theme “moments of fear, joy or love” until July 28.

  • 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.
  • Annick Press is looking for Sikh Punjabi illustrators for picture book work. Please share your portfolios by commenting on this tweet or send them to submissions [at] annickpress.com.
  • Arledge Comics is accepting submissions of all-ages comics on a rolling basis. They’re also accepting applications for Editors.
  • 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.
  • (San Diego, CA) IDW Publishing is seeking an experienced Editor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) Skybound Entertainment is seeking a Comic Book Editor.
  • (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.
  • 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.


Fan Zines

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


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

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.
  • (Peterborough, New Hampshire) MacDowell is accepting applications for its Fall residencies until April 15. There is an application fee of $30, but the residency itself is free of charge, and also offers travel stipends.
  • 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.


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Voice Acting

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.
  • button_new3 Augur Magazine is accepting submissions from creators who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Disabled, and/or Trans, who are also Canadian citizens/permanent residents and/or who are living within the settler-defined borders of the land colonially known as Canada, until March 31.
  • endingbutton_4 PodCastle is accepting submissions of fantasy fiction 6,000 words or less, and flash fiction of 500 words or less, through March 31.
  • 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.
  • Translunar Traveler’s Lounge, a speculative fiction magazine, is accepting submissions up to 5,000 words long from BIPOC writers until April 15.
  • (New York, NY) Phaidon is seeking a Senior Editor. Apply by April 16 for consideration.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Fiyah Lit Mag is accepting prose and poetry submissions with the theme “sound and color” until April 30.
  • 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 The Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award is accepting submissions from unpublished, unagented picture book creators until June 15. The winner will receive $1,500, receive a portfolio review, and will have their submission considered for publication.
  • 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.
  • The Ann Petry Award is accepting submissions of previously unpublished prose, either a novel or a collection of short stories or novellas, with a minimum of 150 pages, by a Black writer. The awarded manuscript will be published by Red Hen Press, with its writer awarded $3,000, and a four-week residency at The Community Library’s Ernest and Mary Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho. Apply by July 30 for consideration.
  • 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 an Editorial Assistant, an Editorial Director, and a Senior Editor.
  • Anathema Magazine is seeking poetry and cover art submissions from queer/two-spirit person of color/Indigenous/Aboriginal people.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Arctis Books is seeking an Editor.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Basic Books is seeking an Associate 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 Associate Editor and a Children’s Nonfiction Editor.
  • 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, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is seeking an Assistant Editor.
  • (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.
  • (New York, NY) HarperCollins is seeking a Senior Production Editor to handle titles in the Harper, HarperWave, HarperBusiness, Broadside, and Ecco imprints.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • (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.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • (New York, NY) 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..
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking a Production Editor for Viking, Penguin Books, Penguin Life, and Penguin Classics. They’re also seeking a Senior Editor for for One World and a new pop culture-focused imprint.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • (Beverly, MA) The Quarto Group is seeking a Senior Acquiring Editor.
  • button_new3 (Philadelphia, PA) Quirk Books is seeking a full-time Managing Editorial Assistant to copyedit, proofread, and provide administrative support with a variety of bookmaking tasks.
  • 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. They’re also accepting poetry submissions from Trans/GNC writers.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an Assistant Editor to support its custom publications department.
  • (New York, NY) The Walt Disney Company is seeking an Executive Editor for The Undefeated imprint.
  • 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.

Youth & Internships

  • (West Concord, MA – currently REMOTE) Barefoot Books is seeking interns in design, digital & social media, sales, and editorial. Apply by April 15 to be considered for the Summer internships.
  • Charlesbridge, an independent publisher based in Watertown, MA, is seeking a remote, paid Children’s Editorial/Design intern for summer. Charlesbridge is asking for a commitment of seventeen hours a week from June to August, 2021. The position is virtual at this time. Though office interaction may become possible, it is not required. The internship is paid at $15/hour. Email trade.editorial [at] charlesbridge.com with a cover letter and your resume. Relevant experience could be any writing, editorial, art, or design experience you’ve had on-the-job or in school. Let Charlesbridge know why you’re interested in a career in publishing.
  • Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
  • button_new3 Grand Central Publishing is seeking an Art Intern for their paid summer internship program, which runs from June 7– August 13.
  • Hachette Book Group is seeking paid Summer 2021 Editorial interns.
  • (REMOTE) James Patterson Books is seeking a six-month paid Marketing/Publishing intern.
  • button_new3 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is seeking an Art Intern for their paid summer internship program, which runs from June 7– August 13.
  • Natalie “Tally” Nourigat offers advice & resources for young cartoonists ages 14-18 (although this is good advice for creators at any age)!
  • The NewPages Young Writers Guide for artists and writers shares publications seeking applications from youth contributors.
  • Nickelodeon is seeking interns in Animation Production, Animation Development, and Animation Community Efforts.
  • (REMOTE) Quirk Books is accepting applications for its remote Publicity and Marketing Internship running from April 2021 through August 2021.



  • Affinity is offering its programs at a 50% discount following a free 90-day trial.

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: March 19, 2021

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