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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- The Crash Override Network has resources on what to do if you’re a victim of online harassment and/or doxxing and how to protect yourself.
- If you are a trans person in need of legal assistance, check translawhelp.org for pro bono services in your state.
- Here’s a list of free or low-cost mental health resources. Thank you so much for compiling this list, Tiffany!
- If you need to talk to someone or otherwise vent, please utilize this list of help hotlines.
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.
- 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 Ignatz Awards are accepting submissions until June 1. Comic submissions must have been published between June 1, 2020 and May 30, 2021.
- Voting is now open for the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame. Voters will select 4 inductees from 16 nominees chosen by a panel of judges. Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists); comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors; comics historians and educators; graphic novel librarians; and owners and managers of comic book specialty retail stores are invited to vote. The deadline to vote is June 4.
- Voting for the Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, also known as the Ringo Awards, is open until June 24.
Crowdfunded ProjectsPOMEpress 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.
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.
Kang Jing (KJ) is raising funds to publish Destiny and The UnXplainables: a 36-page comic book. The comic book features both stories in a 2-in-1 “flip” format, with both covers showing on either side. Reward options include a digital PDF edition of both comics, a printed copy, sketch card commissions, and A4 commission, and an A5 commission. The campaign ends on May 31.
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.
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.
NSFW! Nero O’Reilly is raising funds to publish GOLDEN TRICK, a full-color erotic graphic novel about sex, magic, and the subtle art of the con. In GOLDEN TRICK, Uther and Galahad are two con men are caught up in each other’s lives while trying to escape the walled city they’ve both grown up in. Reward options include a paerback copy of the 240-page graphic novel, a bookplate, mini prints, and an original inked page from the book. The campaign ends on June 13.
Please check the Comics section on Kickstarter to find even more creative crowdfunding campaigns to support.
- Go Komikimok, a collective of SEA creators, is now open. They recently released a series of resources: “The Comic Creator’s Guide to Graphic Novel Pitch Packets” and “The Comic Creator’s Guide to Literary Agents.“
- Abelle, the creator of the #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag, has moved the directory to AirTable. Please add your name if you are a Black artist!
- If you’re a Filipino artist, add your name to the Filipino American Artist Directory!
- Did you participate in the #KidLitGN pitch event? Please answer this quick, one-question poll about your experience!
- Gender Reveal is seeking an Associate Producer familiar with Reaper or ProTools as well as issues that affect trans people. The time commitment and pay rate is flexible, but expect to start at ~15 hrs/week at $25/hr. Applications will be accepted until May 24.
- If you’ve ever been caught unawares by a popular promotional hashtag event, you’re not alone! To help, the Online Organizers Collective created a Social Media Event Directory and submission form.
- The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!
- The next #PitMad takes place on Thursday, June 3 from 8AM to 8PM EDT. Writers can tweet a 280-character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. No previously published works. For complete rules and details, visit the PitchWars website.
- Represent Me is seeking to expand its list of freelance diversity consultants for paid opportunities. Email hello [at] representme.charity for more information.
- WEBTOON will be extending the WEBTOON CANVAS Creator Rewards Program until the end of 2021. The current 100% net ad revenue support for CANVAS creators will continue until the end of June 2021.
- Elvie Mae Parian shared a Google Sheet with a Directory of Remote Animation Workplaces. Check it out!
- (Vancouver, Canada) Bardel Entertainment has many open job opportunities.
- Bento Box:
- (Atlanta, GA) Seeking two 2D Harmony Animators and an After Effects Compositor/Animator.
- (Burbank, CA) Seeking an Animator, a Harmony Compositor, and a Storyboard Artist.
- (Glendale, CA) Seeking a 2D Harmony Animator and a Storyboard Artist.
- (North Hollywood, CA) Seeking a 2D Harmony Animator, an Associate Producer, a Background Designer, an Episodic Director, a Production Coordinator, a Producer, two Storyboard Artists, and a Storyboard Revisionist.
- (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking an experienced a 3D Character Concept Sculptor, a 3D Maya Rigger (experienced), an FX Artist (experienced), a Head of Short Form Production, a Lighting and Compositing Artist (experienced), a Production Coordinator, a Production Manager, a Senior 2D FX Artist, and a ToonBoom Harmony Animator (experienced). They’re also accepting speculative applications.
- (Kilkenny, Ireland) Cartoon Saloon is hiring a Character and Prop Designer, a Location Designer, a Production Coordinator, a Storyboard Artist, and a Storyboard Supervisor.
- The Descendants is hiring storyboard artists and revisionists for their proof of work animation. Apply by June 14 at Midnight CDT for consideration.
- (Burbank, CA) Disney TV Animation is seeking an Animation Checker, an Artist Manager, an Art Director, two Background Painters, a Character Designer, two Color Designers, a Lead Character Designer, a Line Producer, three Location Designers, a Location Design Lead, a Production Coordinator, a Production Supervisor, a Prop Designer, a Storyboard Artist, two Storyboard Revisionists, a Supervising Director, and a Timing Supervisor.
- (Glendale, CA) DreamWorks Animation is hiring an Animation Pipeline Supervisor, a Character Designer, a Department TD, an Effects Artist (Pipeline TD), an Environment Modeler, a Lead Animation Pipeline TD, a Producer’s Assistant, a Production Assistant, a Production Coordinator, a Production Designer, two Storyboard Artists, a Storyboard Revisionist, a Supervising Producer, and two Visual Development Artists.
- Industrial Light and Magic:
- (London, UK) Seeking a Lead Creature Technical Director, a Lead Generalist, a Lead Layout Artist, a Layout/Match Move Artist, and a Senior Layout Artist.
- (Vancouver, BC) Seeking an Animator, a Junior Lighting Technical Director, a Previs Generalist, and a Studio Production Manager.
- (Singapore) Seeking a Compositor, a Creature Technical Director, and a Generalist Supervisor.
- (Sydney, Australia) Seeking an Effects Supervisor and a Lead Pipeline Technical Director.
- (Madrid, Spain) Lightbox Animation Studios is seeking a Mid Animator and a Senior Animator.
- (San Francisco, CA) Lucasfilm is seeking a 2nd Assistant Editor (project hire), a Storyboard Artist (project hire), and a Technical Assistant (project hire) They’re also hiring a Director, Live Action Series Development in Burbank, CA.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Netflix Animation is hiring a Franchise Art Director, a Post Production Supervisor, a Project Manager, a Showrunner (Preschool Music Series), and a Story Trainee. They’re also seeking REMOTE CG Generalists.
- (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is seeking a 3D FX Artist, an Animation Feature Line Producer, an Animation Line Producer (upcoming CG series), an Art Director, an Asset Production Coordinator, an Assistant EMR Editor, a Background Designer, a Background Painter, a Casting Coordinator, a CG Animation Director, a CG Compositing Director, a CG Storyboard Artist, a Character Designer, a Character Technical Director, a Design Production Coordinator, a Dialogue Editor, a Lead Look Development/Texture Artist, a Lighting and Compositing Artist, a Nuke Compositing Artist, a Pipeline Technical Director, a Post Production Supervisor, a Pre-Vis Environment Modeler, a Production Coordinator, a Storyboard Director, and a Storyboard Artist. In New York, NY, they’re seeking an Animation Line Producer.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Paramount Animation is seeking a Production Supervisor – Art.
- (New York, NY) Play Noggin is seeking an Animator, an Associate Creative Producer, a Creative Project Manager, an Interactive Producer, and a Production Assistant.
- (Emeryville, CA) Pixar Animation Studios is hiring a Render Pipeline Engineer, a Technical Director, FX, a Technical Director, Set Model, and a Technical Director, Set Shade.
- (Vancouver, BC) Sony Imageworks is hiring Animators, Character FX Technical Directors, Compositors, FX Artists, Layout Artists, Lighters, Matte Painters, Modelers, and more.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Seeking an Art Director, a Production Coordinator, a Senior AE Compositor, two Storyboard Artists, a Storyboard Revisionist, and a Supervising Director.
- (Vancouver, BC) Seeking a 2D Animator, a 2D Production Coordinator, an AE Compositor, an Assistant Editor, a Background Layout Artist, Flash Animators, a Flash Builds Artist, a Harmony Pipeline TD, a Storyboard Artist, and a Storyboard Supervisor.
- (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring a 1st Assistant Editor, an Associate Editor, a Character Designer, and a Story Artist.
- XP-Pen hosted a free 6-Week Animator Incubation program. All of the courses are now available to view for free.
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!
- Frederik Byrn Køhlert is seeking an advanced graduate student to work with him as an RA over the summer on a project about racial representation in comics. Work will consist of bibliographic research, literature review, research in online archives, and other similar tasks. Apply by May 25 for consideration.
- Applications for Pink Clover Magazine Vol.2: Getting Connected are open until May 26.
- Swim On, a yearly digital art zine about sharks, is accepting artist applications until May 28. All proceeds will be donated to Shark Savers.
- The ART Street Monthly Illustration Contest is accepting submissions with the theme “flower” until May 31. Prize money will be credited to the Medibang account you applied with. To receive the prize money, you need to register a PayPal account or your bank account information.
- Radiator Comics and Black Josei Press are accepting comic submissions of 1-3 pages from solo creators and writer/artist duos in South Florida until May 31. The Sun and Sand Comic Anthology will be 28 pages long, available for free, and feature South Florida creators.
- 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.
- The Kyoto International Manga Anime Award is accepting submissions of comics from applicants who wish to be a manga artist or illustrator who makes a professional debut in Japan until July 26. Illustrators, submit here with your work themed “Travel to Kyoto.” Prizes include cash, an invite to the Kyoto International Anime Manga Fair (KYO-MAF), your work displayed at KYO-MAF, and a recommendation to all participating editorial departments in the Manga Business Trip Editorial Department at KYO-MAF.
- WildStar Press is accepting pitch submissions (short stories or graphic novels; all genres; middle grade and older) until August 31. They will respond to submissions on May 31, July 31, and August 31. (Fun fact: Linda Kuo, who was published through WildStar Press, learned about the opportunity from Paper Cat Press! Watch their video about their experience here on Instagram.)
- 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 seeking a comic artist for a short story with an “older teen” audience.
- AZE Journal is accepting general submissions from marginalized voices in the queer community.
- Cloudscape Comics is open for submissions from individuals or teams that are at least 50% current or former BC / Yukon / NWT / Nunavut residents with a minimum interior page count of 45.
- 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.
- GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
- Jack Doyle is seeking a UK-based Black trans illustrator for a new resource on navigating and surviving UK trans healthcare. Pay’s £400. If you’re interested in collaborating with a small team, DM your portfolio or 3-5 pieces of work for consideration.
- Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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) Tapas Media is seeking an Editor in Chief, a Head of Creative Development, and a Production Manager.
- 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 multiple opportunities available, including an Associate Editor, a Spanish-speaking Editor, and openings in the Latin America division.
- (Horsham, PA) Zenescope is seeking an Editor-in-Chief to oversee and manage the editorial department for our growing line of comic books and graphic novels.
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.
- Anime Expo has been postponed. An online event will take place on the July 4th weekend.
- CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, has been postponed until a proposed date of June 2022.
- The Comics Studies Society is hosting its fourth annual conference on Re/Building Community from August 6 to August 7. Registration is free, though donations are encouraged.
- The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) will take place December 10-12 in 2021.
- Emerald City Comic Con has rescheduled its event for December 2-5, 2021.
- FIYAH Con will take place September 16-September 19. Registration is now open and will close on August 31.
- Flame Con 2021 will take place online August 21–22. They are accepting applications for their virtual artist alley, which will feature 200 vendors and cost $50 per space.
- Geeks OUT is seeking volunteers to join the Geeks OUT and FlameCon team. They’re seeking an Events Coordinator, an Exhibitor Coordinator, a Partnership Liaison, a Programming Coordinator, and a Volunteer Coordinator. Interested parties should email info[at]geeksout[dot]org with the position you’re interested in as the subject line.
- Jennifer Baker, Senior Editor & creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing Podcast, will discuss the book acquisitions process from one editor’s point of view, on June 12 from 9am to 10:30am PST. Tickets are donation-based, but space is limited, so register ASAP.
- Black speculative fiction writers can email events [at] sfwa.org for instructions on how to claim a free registration for the 2021 Nebula Conference Online.
- LightBox Expo (September 7-12) is accepting applications for its virtual Artist Alley.
- New York Comic Con will have an in-person event with a virtual component October 7-10. They are accepting Artist Alley applications until Friday, June 4 at 5:00 PM ET.
- Rose City Comic Con (September 10-12; Portland, OR) is accepting professional pass applications until July 16.
- Sakura-Con 2021 has been cancelled. Memberships for 2021 will be forwarded to 2022.
- San Diego Comic-Con has postponed its in-person event. Instead, the online event Comic-Con@Home will take place July 23-25. They recently announced a smaller in-person event, Comic-Con Special Edition, on Thanksgiving (US) weekend November 26-28. Read their statement regarding the event here.
- The ShortBox Comics Fair will take place online from October 1-October 31.
- Short Run Comix and Arts Festival has been postponed. The Short Run Dash Grant is now on hold.
- Small Press Expo (SPX) 2021 will be held virtually.
- The Spectrum Art Market, a seasonal outdoor market occurring every 2nd Saturday from June-October, is accepting applications from LGBTQIA+ artists living in Portland.
- The Vancouver Comic Arts Online Festival 2021 will take place online from May 17-23.
- (New York, NY) Bard Graduate Center is seeking a Managing Editor.
- (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.
- (New York, NY) Holiday House is seeking a Book Designer.
- (New York, NY) Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is seeking an Associate Art Director and a Senior Designer.
- (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking:
- (Boulder, CO or REMOTE) Shambhala Publications is seeking a Senior Designer.
- (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.
- (New York, NY) Zeitgeist is seeking a Designer.
Looking for fan zines to submit to? Check out Apps4Zines on Twitter.
- Brass Lion Entertainment is filling the following positions related to the development of an action RPG with an anime aesthetic for next gen console and PC: Gameplay Programmer, Concept Artist, Network Programmer, Senior Animator, Senior Combat Designer, Senior Graphics Programmer, Build Programmer, Lead 3D Environment Artist, Principal Software Programmer, and 3D Animation Director.
- (REMOTE) Everbloom Games is seeking a Pixel/Texture Artist.
- (Austin, TX, currently REMOTE) Farbridge is seeking a 3D Environment Artist, an Art Lead, a Unity C# Engineer, an Unreal C++Engineer, and a VFX and Destruction Artist.
- (San Francisco, CA) Lucasfilm Games is seeking an Associate Brand Art Director.
- (Glendale, CA) Marvel Entertainment is seeking Art Lead and a Director of Product Development for Marvel Games.
- (Kirkland, WA) Monolith Productions is seeking a Senior FX Artist.
- Nix Hydra Games is seeking a Creative Video Editor (contractor), a Marketing Director, and a Marketing Graphics Contractor.
- (REMOTE) Red Thread Games is seeking a Writer for Dustborn, a narrative-driven, third person action-adventure for PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
- Represent Me wants to spotlight queer game devs during the month of June. Sign up here for a chance to be featured.
- (London, UK) Rocksteady Studios is seeking an Engine Director, a Lead Network Programmer, a QA Tester, a Senior QA Tester, a Senior Rendering Engineer,
- (Manchester, United Kingdom) TT Games is seeking a Character Artist.
- ustoo games is seeking a Writer to develop an original story and dialogue for their next project. As the project features a non-binary protagonist, they hugely encourage applications from non-binary writers.
- WB Games is seeking a Senior Gameplay Technical Animator, a Senior Level Designer, and a Senior Technical Level Designer in Montreal, Quebec.
- Weathered Sweater, a Black-owned interactive media and art studio, is seeking a 2D Artist/Animator to help create and edit animations for Dot’s Home, a short Unity for Humanity-funded point and click adventure game.
- Work in localization? The Fighting Game Glossary lists over 650 terms, carefully explained with 200+ video examples and Japanese translations.
- The Game UI Database is a great resource for interface designers.
Mentorships & Fellowships
- The Letras Boricuas Fellowship is accepting applications from emerging and established Puerto Rican writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature, both in Puerto Rico and from across the diaspora in the US, until June 20. Thirty writers will be selected — fifteen in 2021, and fifteen in 2022 — to receive $25,000 each. The Letras Boricuas Fellowship will have two cohorts.
- Scholastic’s Art Mentorship Program is accepting applications from aspiring illustrators who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) until June 25 at 11:59PM EST. The program will include portfolio critiques and workshopping, professional industry expectations from a hiring standpoint, and Q&A.
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.
- 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.
Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants
- The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is sending US-based BIPOC artists and art administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic payments of $200. Click the link to apply or to donate.
- The Awesome Foundation offers $1000 grants on a rolling basis.
- The City of West Hollywood is offering Arts Grants to individuals, nonprofits, groups, and/or collectives with the following program categories and deadlines:
- The Arts Project Grant, available to eligible nonprofit arts organizations for the production, performance, or presentation of art projects that take place in the City of West Hollywood and that serve the West Hollywood community. Applications due July 1.
- The Organizational Development Grant, supporting non-profit arts organizations with an interest in strengthening their organization’s infrastructure. Applications due July 1.
- The Transgender Arts Initiative Grant, to support and enhance artwork to be presented or exhibited in West Hollywood by transgender artists. Individual artist, artist collectives or groups, and nonprofit organizations with a history of supporting transgender artists may apply. Applications due July 1.
- The WeHo Artist Performance Grant, support resident performing artists while offering them the opportunity to share their talents with the community in an easily accessible way. Artists must live in West Hollywood to be eligible. The City will award seven grants with each grant total of $5,000. Applications due June 2.
- The Covid-19 Aid Funds website lists funding opportunities.
- The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism is accepting applications from artists on a rolling basis. Artists covering data privacy, the 2018/2020 elections, the role of technology in society, political influence campaigns, harmful technologies, countering disinformation, and artificial intelligence may receive $500 to $5,000 in grants.
- Foundry10 is awarding three $2,500 scholarships to students continuing enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year in the following categories: Technical School Returning Student, Community College Returning Student, University Undergraduate Returning Student and Graduate School Returning Student. Apply by June 15 for consideration.
- Gumroad’s Creators Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Gumroad will be allocating $50,000 in creative grants of $500 to $5,000 throughout the year.
- Are you a professional freelancer experiencing financial duress? The Haven Foundation offers grants and assistance to applicants with chronic illness or injury or other career-threatening emergencies (excluding COVID-19).
- I Need Diverse Games & McElroy Family Podcaster 101 Grants are accepting applications on a rolling basis from Black and POC podcasters (preferably beginners). Recipients will receive one of five bundles which include a Yeti Blue Microphone & a copy of “Everybody has a Podcast (Except You).”
- The Moonrise Fund, an early-stage equity fund backing ambitious creators, is offering $120,000 to $250,000 funds. Visit this page to learn more and apply.
- My Documented Life maintains a list of scholarships for undocumented students.
- Canadian artists and cultural connectors are welcome to apply for grant funds through the Professional Development for Arts Professionals of Supporting Artistic Practice. Details on how and when you can apply are available on the page.
- Applications for June’s round of ShortBox mini-grants are now open. Three £200 grants are available to independent cartoonists who email info[at]shortbox.co.uk with a link to your current site/portfolio, with ‘mini-grant’ as the subject. You *must* have a Paypal, deadline May 22.
- Six to Start is seeking voice talent for a number of roles. They pay £50 GBP per hour, plus an additional £25 GBP set up fee for each recording session, and can pay in local currencies if preferred.
Check the Casting Call Club for more voice acting and audio opportunities.
Writing and Editing
- Escape Pod is accepting short science fiction submissions until the end of May.
- Black Femme Collective is accepting creative nonfiction submissions written by and for Black queer femme storytellers with the theme “Wild” until June 13.
- 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.
- Carnation Books is accepting submissions of queer winter holiday romances until June 30. Scrubbed fanfiction is welcome. Any winter holiday can be featured, and winter-centric romances with no religious holiday are also welcome. Submissions should be light-hearted with HEAs.
- 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 email@example.com 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 Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices is accepting hard sci-fi submissions of 1,000 to 5,000 words until July 23. Applicants should be writers over 18 who customarily identify Black, have not published and are not under contract for a book, and have three or less paid publications (additional unpaid publications okay). Analog editors commit to purchasing and publishing the winning story in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, with the intent of creating a lasting relationship, including one year of monthly mentorship sessions.
- 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.
- FIYAH Lit Mag is accepting prose and poetry submissions with the theme Love, Death, and Androids until July 31.
- Submissions are now open for the New Voices Award and the New Visions Award from Lee & Low Books. Winners of each award receive a $2,000 cash prize and a first time publishing contract with Lee & Low Books. Both writing contests are open to writers of color and Indigenous/Native writers who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published (for the New Voices Award), or have had a middle grade or young adult novel published (for the New Visions Award). Submissions are due by July 31.
- 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).
- The Barbellion Prize is accepting submissions of books published between November 2020 and October 31, 2021 until October 31. Eligibility for the prize is predicated on the author’s presentation of life with a long-term chronic illness or disability, whether that be in the form of blindness, MS, cystic fibrosis, dwarfism, or another comparable condition that may substantially define one’s life.
- 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 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.
- (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.
- (Petaluma, CA) Cameron + Company is seeking an Editorial Director.
- 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.
- Charlesbridge editors are offering free, 30-minute sessions to participants who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) to discuss their manuscripts. You must enter a lottery on their website for consideration.
- (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.
- (New York, NY) Future Proof is seeking a Creative Writer to pitch, design, and create narrative content as a part of their interactive and transmedia content.
- (New York, NY) Grand Central Publishing is seeking an Editorial Assistant to join imprint Forever.
- (Nashville, TN) Harper Collins Leadership is seeking an Editor.
- (Nashville, TN) Harper Horizon is seeking an Editor.
- (New York, NY) Henry Holt is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- Interstellar Flight Press is accepting submissions of essays, book-length nonfiction manuscripts, and BIPOC novellas.
- Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
- (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.
- (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.
- (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- (New York, NY) Pantheon Books 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. They’re also seeking an Associate Editor to join their Crown imprint.
- (New York, NY) Penguin Workshop is seeking an Editor to acquire and develop Middle Grade and early YA fiction.
- (White Plains, NY) Peter Pauper Press is seeking a full-time, experienced Editor.
- POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
- (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.
- 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.
- (Boulder, CO or REMOTE) Shambhala Publications is seeking a Editorial Assistant.
- (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.
- Tasha Robinson is seeking freelancers with experience reviewing animation, especially anime, donghua, or European imports for Polygon. Email her at entertainment[at]polygon[dot]com with clips and pitches for upcoming titles. Pays $250-$350.
- 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.
- (REMOTE) The Tobias Literary Agency is seeking a Literary Agent.
- (New York, NY) Vintage Books and Anchor Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an editor for college books in biology.
- 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.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking an Associate Editor.
- (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Director of Children’s Publishing and an Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Zeitgeist is seeking an Acquisitions Editor and an Editor.
Youth and Internships
- (New York, NY) Abrams Press is seeking Summer 2021 interns in Adult Editorial, Calendar Editorial, Editorial, Kids Editorial, Adult Editorial, Sales, Marketing and Publicity – Kids, Marketing and Publicity – Adults, and Design – Adults.
- Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
- The Dandelion Writing Cohort (June 1 – August 1) is accepting applications from middle-school and high-school students aged 13 and up until May 31. The free online cohort has a goal of enabling youth to “meet” other peers interested in writing, workshop and edit a piece, and work closely with college-aged mentors.
- (Minneapolis, MN) Lerner Books is seeking Digital and Editorial interns.
- 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.
- (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is seeking Animation Trainees for its 2021 Talent Development Program, which begins in September. The deadline for applications is June 27 at 11:59 PM PT.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking interns in Design (social media content), Graphic Design (Lifecycle Management), Marketing Graphic Design, and User-Generated Content.
- This zine, 12 Things to Do Instead of Calling the Cops, is available for free.
- Interested in studying design for TV animation on a budget? Abby put together a Google Doc compilation of resources on topics like Background Paint, Color Design, Character Design, and more.
- Abelle, with help from Annie’s Google doc, created a calendar of the various scheduled hashtag events on Twitter. Now you can add your hashtag events, if you don’t see them on the calendar.
- Andrea of White Squirrel Co. shared a series of threads on how to set up an online store.
- Arin Bray shared a thread of (mostly) online classes for comics that are free or low-cost.
- Ashley shared a spreadsheet of resources and job boards. Thanks, Ashley!
- The Association of Japanese Animations released a 124-page free PDF of “Animator’s Tasks—The First Step to Understanding the Law of Movement.“
- Check Becca Hillburn’s Youtube channel for new video interviews with independent artists, walkthroughs with dip pen nibs, tutorials, and more.
- Byte Size Treasure shared a thread of advice for artists with small businesses who want to be more eco-friendly.
- Cait May shared a brush pack perfect for spinal columns.
- Looking for a pet commission? ChloeCarterArts created a Pet Portrait Artist Directory, an open directory of independent pet portrait artists from around the world. If you sell pet commissions, you can add your name to the directory. Thanks to Aviva Maï for including the resource in your newsletter!
- ColorSupplyyy.com/app/ is a handy website for creating palettes.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options for all kinds of artists.
- Creative Capital shared a list of Arts Resources, mostly of funding information and a list of arts events moving online.
- Danielle shared a doc with information on what to expect and questions to ask when contacting a potential literary agent you’re considering a partnership with.
- Dunni Mustapha shared Dimensions.com, a website that has a big database with images of people, poses, and objects ideal for drawing references.
- Elissa shared a thread on reaching out to your local bookstores as an author.
- The Etherington Brothers share all kinds of drawing advice on their Instagram. They also just shared a 50-page free downloadable e-book for young artists.
- Eve G. shared a PDF with Comic Lettering Basics and a Kickstarter Budget Calculator.
- Everest shared a HUGE list of artist opportunities (mostly residencies, grants, and galleries) with over 375 links!
- Danielle and Jes & Cin have released The Comic Creator’s Guide to Literary Agents as a pay-what-you-want downloadable PDF. All proceeds are donated to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
- Looking for diverse photos of students, teachers, and schools during the pandemic? Need diverse stock photos? Check out the newly launched & updated “EDUimages”, All4Ed’s free gallery of 700+ original, usable photos.
- Gale Gilligan shared slides from their talk on using perspective as a cartooning tool.
- Jaq shared a series of graphics demonstrating how to create circular text and/or effects in Clip Studio Paint.
- Jenny shared a series of reference photos of a person wearing glasses at different angles.
- Canadian authors, illustrators, and comic creators can register their work with the Public Lending Right program to receive payouts for up to 25 years from the publishing date. Thank, Jim Zub, for the tip!
- Jun shared a Twitter thread tutorial on how to use Clip Studio Paint’s 3D capabilities.
- Kiri Yu’s Convention Artists vs. COVID-19 survey results are now available.
- L.D. Lewis shared a thread detailing how FIYAHCON happened for less than $25,000. If you’ve been wanting to host or learn more about online events, read the thread!
- Larissa Elliott shared a blog post explaining everything you can gain from participating in a Twitter pitch event, even if agent doesn’t “like” any of your pitches.
- Learn how to use your Switch Joy-Con with Clip Studio Paint with this post originally by toyotsuku555 and translated into English by Spiritsnare.
- Lily Joiner created a Google Sheets database listing different manufacturers of all types of products. Lily created it to cut through the stigma behind artists not sharing information on where they get their products made, as well as a way to help artists new to the merch world make their research easier. Thanks, Lily!
- Litebox has launched its website which shares wages earned by illustrators from a variety of clients. Submit your rates. This week, they shared a graphic and thread about book, comics, and magazine cover rates.
- Literary Agents of Color is a directory that aims to support literary agents of color in the publishing industry.
- Michael Rianda shared a free class for people who want to learn Story in animation.
- Nilah Magruder updated the list of literary agents who represent illustrators and added a new page with Steps to Querying. Niki Smith also has a list of agents who represent creators of graphic novels. Maria Vicente shared a guide on querying your graphic novel, from the perspective of a literary agent.
- Nilah Magruder put together two surveys to learn more about the timelines picture book and graphic novel illustrators work with to illustrate books for the US publishing industry. Please fill them out to help yourself and your peers negotiate better in the future!
- Noelle Stevenson shared the script for She-Ra season 5, episode 5: Save the Cat as an educational tool for aspiring animation writers.
- In conjunction with their current call for submissions, Oneshi Press released a video and accompanying blog post with five tips to help get your work noticed by an editor.
- Sam Gushue shared a thread of resources they’ve shared over the years.
- Sara Linsley shared a thorough Manga Retouching Guide.
- Sarah Stern shared tips on optimizing your artwork for working with a colorist.
- Shannon Wright shared the “Super Condensed Zine” PDF – a FREE collection of tips on portfolios, websites, agents, and pitching.
- The Sherwood Forest Zine Library shared a free collection of zines regarding Black history/struggle, privilege, allyship, policing, legal rights, activism, and protest tactics.
- Shelly Romero created a document of Publishing Industry Resources.
- Smithsonian Open Access allows you to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images. Nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items are available for free use.
- Sydney wrote and shared a guide for US-based sellers regarding the 2021 UK VAT laws. The guide outlines general information, to-dos, and resources.
- TO Comix Press has shared a sample contract for comic anthology projects, the start-to-finish process of producing an anthology, and articles on marketing and getting indie books into stores. Recently, they shared the questions they ask in an anonymous survey given out at the end of anthology projects, which help contributors air grievances and help the publisher gain insight and grow to be better. Amazing! Thanks for always being so helpful.
- Toniko made a video with passive income ideas for animators and illustrators.
- There are many ways to be a part of the publishing industry – some less visible than others.Tor EDU shared a video panel online detailing the operations of different departments within publishing.
- Tori shared a set of Procreate brushes that feature braids, twists, and more.
- Visit ReferenceAngle.com to find free photo references of heads at different angles. Search by age, emotions, gender, and more. There’s a similar website for animals here.
- Wendy Xu shared a primer on getting an agent as a comic artist.
- Zack has shared a lot of tips and guides for using Clip Studio Paint. Find them all here! He also posted a guide comparing some popular iPad drawing apps rating each on ease of use, cost versus value, and his overall feelings about them.
- 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.
- Goodreads offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres. Check out these giveaways for comics and graphic novels.
- Seven Seas is accepting answers for its May 2021 Reader Survey. Answer questions and suggest licenses to be entered to win a free paperback. As a special bonus, anyone who takes this survey gets a 30% off coupon for Seven Seas, Ghost Ship, and Airship ebooks on BOOKWALKER until June 2.
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: May 14, 2021