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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- 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!
- Voting for the Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, also known as the Ringo Awards, is open until June 24.
- The John Locher Memorial Award is accepting submissions from aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, whose work demonstrates both clear opinions and strong artistry on political and social topics. Submissions will be accepted until July 15.
Crowdfunded ProjectsSheaB 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.
Artist Stephanie Cost is raising funds to create the Chromatic Fates Tarot. Based in the Rider-Waite Tarot system, the Chromatic Fates set features the full spectrum of color, with contributions from dozens of artists. Reward options include the tarot deck, an altar cloth, an enamel pin, and a canvas reproduction print. The campaign ends June 27.
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!
- 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!
- 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 and a Harmony Compositor.
- (Glendale, CA) Seeking a 2D Harmony Animator.
- (North Hollywood, CA) Seeking a 2D Harmony Animator, an Animator/Picture Editor, an Art Director, an Associate Producer, a Background Designer, a Dialogue Coordinator, 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 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, two Production Managers, a Senior 2D FX Artist, a Senior 3D Layout Artist, and a ToonBoom Harmony Animator (experienced). They’re also accepting speculative applications.
- (Burbank, CA) Cartoon Network Studios is seeking a Production Coordinator and a Production Manager.
- (Kilkenny, Ireland) Cartoon Saloon is hiring an After Effects Compositing Artist, an After Effects Compositing supervisor, and a Posing Artist.
- 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 Associate, 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 Producer’s Assistant, three Production Assistants, a Production Coordinator, a Production Designer, 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, and a Previs Generalist.
- (Singapore) Seeking a Compositor and a Creature Technical Director.
- (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 Production Engineer (Previx and 3D Story), 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 Post Production Supervisor, a Project Manager, a Showrunner (Preschool Music Series), and a Storyboard Revisionist.
- (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is seeking an Animation Feature Line Producer, an Animation Line Producer (upcoming CG series), an Art Director, an Asset Production Coordinator, an Assistant Animatic Editor, an Assistant EMR Editor, a Background Designer, a Background Painter, a CG Animation 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 Pipeline Technical Director, a Production Coordinator, a Storyboard Director, and a Storyboard Artist. In New York, NY, they’re seeking an Animation Line Producer and an Executive Assistant (Animation Production).
- (Los Angeles, CA) Paramount Animation is seeking a Production Supervisor – Art.
- (New York, NY) Play Noggin is seeking an Animator, a Creative Project Manager, and an Interactive Producer.
- (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, an Editor, two Final Picture Editors, a Production Coordinator, a Senior AE Compositor, a Script Coordinator, a Senior AE Compositor, a Storyboard Revisionist, and a Supervising Director.
- (Vancouver, BC) Seeking a 2D Animator, an AE Compositor, an Assistant Editor, a Background Layout Artist, Flash Animators, a Harmony Pipeline TD, a Production Coordinator, a Storyboard Artist, and a Storyboard Supervisor.
- (New York, NY) Seeking Animatic/Picture Editors.
- (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring a 1st Assistant Editor, an Assistant Colorist, an Associate Editor, a Character Designer, an Executive Assistant (Post Production), a Production Coordinator, a Set Extension/Matte Painting Artist, and a Story Artist. They’re also seeking a Story Artist Trainee for their 2021 Talent Development Program. Apply by July 25 for consideration.
- (Burbank, CA) Warner Brothers Animation is seeking two Assistant Production Managers, an Associate Producer, a Pipeline Engineer, a Post Production Manager, and a Production Manager.
- 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!
- Comics collective SpiderForest will be accepting applications from webcomic creators interested in joining the collective from June 7-June 30. Read the member requirements and policies here.
- 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.
- 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 Sequentials team invites scholars, artists, and critics to submit original visual scholarship on any academic, social, or artistic subject. Submissions may be of any length and may be either a large, single image or a series of “pages” to be displayed sequentially. Submissions will be accepted until July 31.
- EMANATA is seeking young adult graphic novel submissions from agents representing comic artists living in Canada until August 30. Deaf and Disabled, POC, and 2SLGBTQIA+ creators are encouraged to submit with or without an agent.
- 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.
- The BioWare Gear Store is looking for artists who want to turn their work into official merch. The work is paid.
- 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 is £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.
- Online LGBT+ creator’s collective Rain Arrow is accepting applications on a rolling basis for any LGBT+ creatives interested in hosting a shop on their hub.
- Scholastic Canada invites professional illustrators to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to Andrea Casault, Art Director at email@example.com.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- FujoCon (June 11-13), a free BL-themed virtual convention, has registration open until June 9.
- 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.
- MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Festival) will have neither a virtual nor in-person show this year. However, they will hold an outdoors in-person Mini-Mice on August 28-29 in Cambridge, MA, as well as a Mini-Grant Showcase (mini-grant applications to open in July). Mini-Mice applications are open June 1–28 to Massachusetts residents, students, and employees.
- 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.
- 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.
- Virtuous Con: Juneteenth Edition will take place on June 19-20, 2021. Vendors can apply here.
- (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking a Senior Designer.
- (San Francisco, CA) Chronicle Books is seeking a Design and Development Director for the Petit Collage brand.
- (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.
- (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Designer/Senior Designer and a Design Manager.
Looking for fan zines to submit to? Check out Apps4Zines on Twitter.
- (Salt Lake City, UT) Avalanche is seeking a Lead Mocap Tech.
- 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.
- (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.
- (Chicago, IL) NetherRealm Studios is seeking a Junior Artist/Animator to manage and test facial animation in-game and learn to tweak in-house and outsourced animation using Maya to obtain a higher quality.
- 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.
- (San Francisco, CA) Ridley’s Games is seeking a Game Developer to conceptualize and create innovative, profitable tabletop games.
- (London, UK) Rocksteady Studios is seeking an Engine Director, a Lead Network Programmer, a QA Tester, a Senior QA Tester, and a Senior Rendering Engineer.
- (San Francisco, CA, REMOTE eligible) Supergiant Games is seeking an experienced 3D Character Artist to model a variety of character and creature concepts into animation-ready 3D assets for their games. This is a full-time position with the option for working remotely.
- (Manchester, United Kingdom) TT Games is seeking a Character Artist.
- (Oval, London, UK, currently REMOTE) ustoo games is seeking a UI Artist (contract) and a Senior Producer.
- 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.
Mentorships & Fellowships
- New Grove Atlantic imprint Roxane Gay Books is seeking an editorial fellow interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of an independent publishing house and developing a solid foundation for a career in publishing. Fellows will receive a $25,000 stipend, for 24 hours a week of work, paid biweekly, for the duration of their one-year fellowship. The fellow is also eligible for health and dental benefits and paid time off. Candidates can be based anywhere in the United States and work remotely for now, though they hope to be in person again (New York, NY) in the coming months. Apply by June 15 for consideration.
- 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.
- #QueerKidlit is accepting applications from pre-published (yet to be published in traditional publishing), queer writers and/or illustrators seeking mentorship on a specific project for a period of three months until June 15.
Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops
- 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.
- Light Grey Art Lab’s travel-based residencies are now accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Although these residencies sound incredible, they do not come with stipends or scholarships.
- The Boston Public Library is accepting applications for its two residencies – one for a writer, and one for a writer/illustrator – until July 1. The residency includes a $23,000 stipend, private office space, and more.
- The Center for Cartoon Studies is accepting applications for the Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship. Residency dates for 2021 are October 15-November 15, and dates for 2022 are March 15-April 15. An honorarium of $3,000 will be provided.
- Applications are open for The Studios at MASS MoCA’s Winter/Spring 2022 residency season. Run by Assets for Artists (the artist-development arm of MASS MoCA), residencies will be scheduled from January – April, 2022, for the Winter/Spring season on MASS MoCA’s historic mill campus in the Berkshire Mountains. Apply by July 8 for consideration.
- (New York, NY) The Fall 2021 Residency at The Resort in Long Island City, Queens, is accepting applications from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers living in New York City who have signed up for the free online network community.theresortlic.com. Two writers will be awarded a free, dedicated writing desk at the Resort in Long Island City, Queens, for the period September 1 – October 31, 2021, which includes 24/7 Resort access, high speed wifi, seltzer/snacks, and a supportive community. The residency also includes free membership in the online Cabana Club for four months. Apply by July 16 for consideration.
- 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 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. (Last updated March 2021)
- 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 July’s round of ShortBox mini-grants are now open. Three £200 grants available to independent cartoonists. Email info[at]shortbox.co.uk linking to your current site/portfolio, with ‘mini-grant’ as the subject, by June 25. You must have a Paypal.
- We Need Diverse Books has reopened applications for its Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Publishing.
- 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
- Black Femme Collective is accepting creative nonfiction submissions written by and for Black queer femme storytellers with the theme “Wild” until June 13.
- Baffling Magazine is accepting submissions of flash fiction until June 15.
- 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.
- Neon Hemlock Press is open to submissions of speculative novellas from BIPOC writers from June 5 to June 19. Your wordcount should be between 17,500–40,000 words.
- Nightfire will be open to novel and novella submissions for adults across the breadth of the horror genre from June 15, 2021 (9AM EST) to June 22, 2021 (9AM EST).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
- Violet Gaze Press is now accepting submissions for its Monster Love anthology. Story should be between 15k and 20k words, and must be romance (all steam levels okay) with a HEA/HFN. Submissions are due August 12.
- 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 and an Editorial Assistant.
- 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) Astra House is seeking a Senior or Executive 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.
- (New York, NY) Bard Graduate Center is seeking a Managing 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) Book of the Month is hiring an Editorial Assistant.
- (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 writers 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 Porter is seeking a Senior Editor.
- 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.
- 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) 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 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) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking a Senior Editor.
- (New York, NY) Knopf Doubleday is seeking an Associate Editor and an Editorial Assistant.
- (REMOTE, New York tri-state area preferred) Lee & Low Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- (Minneapolis, MN) Lerner Books is seeking an Assistant Editor/Assistant Photo Editor.
- (New York, NY) Little Bee Books is seeking a Managing Editor.
- “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) The New Press is seeking an experienced Assistant Editor to support two acquiring editors and also to cultivate The Press’s longstanding list of progressive education titles.
- (New York, NY) One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is seeking a Senior Editor.
- (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.
- (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 an 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 and a Senior Editor of Children’s Books.
- 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.
- (Urbana, IL) University of Illinois is seeking an Acquisitions Editor/Senior Acquisitions Editor.
- (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.
- (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)!
- (REMOTE) The National Book Foundation is accepting applications for Fall 2021 internships until July 1.
- The NewPages Young Writers Guide for artists and writers shares publications seeking applications from youth contributors.
- (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is accepting applications for its 8-week paid internships in managing editorial and production editorial until July 15.
- (REMOTE) Tin House is accepting applications for Editorial interns until June 18.
- (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 Graphic Design (Lifecycle Management) and Marketing Graphic Design.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Work in localization? The Fighting Game Glossary lists over 650 terms, carefully explained with 200+ video examples and Japanese translations.
- The website FloorPlanCreator.net (also available as an app in the Google Play store) allows you to make blueprints and then navigate them in 3D. This coud be a great resource for comic creators and illustrators! Thanks to MEANBO$$ for sharing.
- The Game UI Database is a great resource for interface designers.
- Gale Gilligan shared slides from their talk on using perspective as a cartooning tool.
- Jay shared a thread of procreate brushes that you can use for personal and commercial use.
- 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.
- 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. Recently, 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!
- 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. Thank you for sharing these wonderful resources!
- 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.
- Power and Magic Press is taking 21% off your entire cart through the month of June with offer code PRIDE21 at checkout.
- Goodreads offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres. Check out these giveaways for comics and graphic novels.
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 28, 2021