Weekly Roundup: May 14, 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!

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News || Social Resources || Awards and Prizes || Crowdfunded Projects || General/Misc. || 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

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Crowdfunded Projects

comradehimbo POMEpress is raising funds to publish Comrade Himbo – Comic Hunks for the Proletariat. Comrade Himbo is a 130+ page comics and illustration anthology full of pure-intentioned himbos of all genders, who are thicc of thigh and even thiccer of heart. This book is a lovingly crafted, all-art manifesto on the strength of community: 10 black & white comics and 9 full-color illustrations from 22 up-and-coming creators. Reward options include digital and/or physical copies of Comrade Himbo, a t-shirt, and past POMEpress books. The campaign ends May 31.
thedaythatfrozetheseaturtles Author Lauren Darnell is raising funds to publish The Day that Froze the Sea Turtles. Based on the deep freeze and snowstorm in Texas in February 2021, The Day that Froze the Sea Turtles fictionalizes the story of how gulf residents spent their days outside in the cold rescuing thousands of sea turtles. Reward options include a physical copy of the book, stickers, a bookmark, an activity guide, a gift tote, coloring pages, and an author visit and/or Zoom talk. The campaign ends on May 31.
letmeout button_new3 Emmet Nahil is raising funds to publish LET ME OUT: A Queer Horror Graphic Novel. With the backdrop of rising Satanic Panic in 1979 New Jersey, LET ME OUT follows a group of queer & trans friends who are given the supernatural means to fight back against a bigoted town keen on blaming them for a recent chilling murder. The digital book features over 185 pages of full-color comics. Reward options include a digital wallpaper, the PDF of LET ME OUT, a print, an embroidered patch, a tote bag, a cameo in the comic, and editorial advice. The campaign ends on June 2.
magefrontbook1 button_new3 SheaB is raising funds to publish Magefront: Book 1. The ongoing webcomic features Amarantha, a necromancer attending her first year at the College of Magic, and friends – and enemies – she makes along the way. This first volume will include the first 6 chapters for a total of 137 full-color pages (plus bonus story) in a softcover book. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Magefront, prints, stickers, a cameo in the book, a digital commission, or a traditional illustration. The campaign ends on June 12.

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.

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.


  • (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking a Senior Designer.
  • Chronicle Books is seeking a Design and Development Director for the Petit Collage brand.
  • (Milwaukie, OR) Dark Horse is seeking a Digital Art Technician, a Graphic Designer, and a Prepress Technician.
  • (New York, NY) HarperCollins Children’s Books is seeking an Assistant Designer with a passion for graphic novels and children’s literature to join its graphic novel imprint, HarperAlley.
  • Ketnipz is seeking to hire an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Animator, and BG Artist. Sends portfolios and/or work samples to info@ketnipz.com or DM bonusbeans on Instagram.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is seeking an Associate Art Director and a Senior Designer.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking a Jr Designer/Designer to join the World of Eric Carle brand. They’re also seeking a Junior Designer to join the One World imprint.
  • button_new3 (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking a Visual Designer (Brand and Content Platform).
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Designer/Senior Designer and a Design Manager.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Zeitgeist is seeking a Designer.

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

  • The Latinx in Publishing Inc. (LxP) Publishing Fellowship Program is accepting applications from aspiring Latinx publishing mentees (living in the U.S. or Puerto Rico) until May 15. Fellows will remotely shadow the editorial process of an editor or senior editor, from acquisition to publication, for a 10-month period. Fellows will receive a $2,500 stipend.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • LitUp is accepting applications from diverse women writers who are also unagented and unpublished until May 30. LitUp will provide five emerging writers with an all-expenses-paid retreat, mentorship, and marketing support from Reese’s Book Club.
  • The Native Children’s and YA Writing Intensive is accepting applications on a rolling basis through June 15. Up to 20 participants will be invited to the intensive, which intends to offer an opportunity for reflection, conversation, celebration, and manuscript and career development. Registration is $100, but most participants will receive scholarship support.
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 New York-based parents working in the arts with a child between the ages 6-8 are invited to apply for the Parent Artist AIRspace Residency until May 16. The program includes a $1,000 unrestricted stipend, a semi-private studio and/or office space, accessible 6 days a week from 10AM-10PM from July 1-August 10, 2021, and free tuition for 1 child to Abrons Arts Camp.
  • button_new3 Tin House is accepting applications to its four Fall 2021 residencies. Apply by May 23 for consideration. There is an application fee of $25, with fee waivers given on a first-come, first-serve basis. The residencies include:
    • YA Residency, for authors working on a full-length YA manuscript
    • Parents Residency, for creative parents/guardians who would like time and space to write outside of the home
    • Second Book Residency, for writers working on their second book
    • Graphic Narrative Residency, for writers working on a full-length Graphic Narrative
  • 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.

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

  • endingbutton_4 DVMentor is accepting applications for mentees until May 15. The DVinc Mentorship Program takes place over a 6-month period (June 1 – December 1) during which published and agented book creators from traditionally marginalized and/or underrepresented communities will volunteer to mentor other self-identifying marginalized book creators, one-on-one.
  • Escape Pod is accepting short science fiction submissions until the end of May.
  • 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.
  • Inclusive Future Magazine is accepting submissions of prose, poetry, art, and graphic design from trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists and writers until July 15. Selected contributors will be paid; pay amounts are available on the website.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Charlesbridge and TERC are seeking new picture book manuscripts for their “Storytelling Math” series. They are interested only in realistic, contemporary fiction featuring human characters of color, and are particularly interested in #ownvoices manuscripts by BIPOC authors. Manuscripts under 500 words work best for this series. Submit by August 1 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 Director and a Senior Editor.
  • (Park Ridge, IL) Albert Whitman & Co. is seeking an 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.
  • (Park Ridge, IL) Albert Whitman & Co. is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • button_new3 (REMOTE – NY, NJ, CT) Algonquin Young Readers is seeking an Editorial Assistant. The person in this position will be working from home for the foreseeable future, although interested candidates must reside in either NY, NJ, or CT and able to commute to Workman’s office when it is once again safe to work in an office environment.
  • (New York, NY, currently REMOTE) The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) seeks a Managing Editor, an editorial leader who will manage the day-to-day production and operations of the Workshop’s award-winning digital literary magazine The Margins.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • Carnation Books is accepting submissions of f/f historical romance of at least 50,000 words from fanfiction authors.
  • (New York, NY) Catapult is seeking an Editorial Assistant. REMOTE applicants will be considered.
  • CBR is seeking experienced writers to write on comic book news, analyses, and movie and tv show casting news.
  • button_new3 (San Francisco, CA) Chronicle Books is seeking an Assistant Managing Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Clarkson Potter is seeking a Senior Editor for the cookbook team.
  • Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
  • (Minneapolis, MN) The Coffee House Press (CHP) board of directors is seeking an Executive Director and Publisher.
  • 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.
  • The Deadlands, a new monthly speculative fiction magazine, is accepting short fiction submissions of up to 5000 words and pays $0.10/word.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Flatiron Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Henry Holt is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Holiday House is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support editors, review submissions, write copy, and help keep the editorial department functioning smoothly.
  • Interstellar Flight Press is accepting submissions of essays, book-length nonfiction manuscripts, and BIPOC novellas.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • (New York, NY) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Knopf Doubleday is seeking an Associate Editor and an Editorial Assistant.
  • (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.
  • button_new3 (REMOTE, New York tri-state area preferred) Lee & Low Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Minneapolis, MN) Lerner Books is seeking an Associate Editor/Editor of YA Nonfiction.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Macmillian Adult Trade Division is seeking two Associate Managing Editors and a  Senior Managing 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) One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • Outside Magazine is looking for pitches of personal essays on The Oregon Trail video game for its 50th anniversary, particularly ones that explore the game’s cultural influence. The rate is $0.50 per word. Send pitches to klindsey@outsideim.com
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Penguin Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking an Editor or Senior Editor to oversee manga titles on behalf of their client, Kodansha. button_new3 They’re also seeking an Associate Editor to join their Crown imprint.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Penguin Workshop is seeking an Editor to acquire and develop Middle Grade and early YA fiction.
  • button_new3 (White Plains, NY) Peter Pauper Press is seeking a full-time, experienced Editor.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Vintage Books and Anchor Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Princeton, NJ) Princeton University Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support two editors in the acquisition, development, and publishing of distinctive and outstanding books in history. They will serve as a liaison both between authors and the Press, and between departments within the Press.
  • (New York, NY) Quarto Books is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing, 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 (Boulder, CO or REMOTE) Shambhala Publications is seeking a Senior Designer.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) St. Martin’s Press is seeking a Senior Editor to acquire and edit lead titles, significantly profitable fiction and nonfiction books, and adult and young adult (especially Own Voices) titles.
  • (New York, NY) Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, is seeking an Adult Editorial Director.
  • 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.
  • (Portland, OR) Timber Press is seeking an Acquisitions 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 button_new3 Director of Children’s Publishing and an Editorial Assistant.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Zeitgeist is seeking an Acquisitions Editor and an Editor.

Youth and Internships



  • Affinity is offering its programs at a 50% discount following a free 90-day trial.
  • ArtStation is offering free subscriptions through the end of 2021. With a subscription, you can access as many ArtStation Learning courses as you like.

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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