Weekly Roundup: July 16, 2021

Welcome to Paper Cat Press’s Weekly Roundup! In the Weekly Roundup, I provide links and summarized information about the crowdfunded projects, creator opportunities, and resources that have caught my eye over the week. I hope you enjoy!

WARNING! Some content below may feature NSFW content. Links will be marked NSFW! when the content identifies itself as adult material.

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News || Social Resources || Awards and Prizes || Crowdfunded Projects || General/Misc. || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Designers || Fan Zines || Games || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth and Internships || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


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News

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Social Resources

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Awards


Crowdfunded Projects

restisforrebels button_new3 endingbutton_4 Artist Abi Stevens is raising funds to produce Rest Is For Rebels, a pin collection for the rebellious and ‘unproductive’ anti-capitalist. The pins will be produced on sustainably-sourced wood and manufactured in the UK, where Stevens is located. Reward options include any or all of the pins, mini-prints, and stickers. The campaign ends on July 18. lnfvol2 endingbutton_4 Gina Biggs is raising funds to publish Love Not Found – Volume 2, collecting chapters 8-14 of the series. In a future world where physical contact has become an outdated concept and embarrassing social faux pas, Abeille and Miel agree to test and experiment with touch following an accidental brush of skin. The series also features a richly developed ensemble cast with multiple LGBTQ+ couples. Love Not Found Volume 2 will contain nearly 300 remastered pages of full-color comics and bonus content including concept art, story notes, and character bios. Campaign rewards include physical and digital copies of Love Not Found Volumes 1 and 2, an NSFW mini-comic, an NSFW art book, a bookmark, a bookplate, a sticker sheet, postcard prints, and more. The campaign ends on July 22. scholmemories endingbutton_4 Comic artist Sharean Morishita is raising funds to publish School Memories: A Comic About Bullying. Colton pranks his classmates because he uses humor to fit in and make friends, but the new girl Echo doesn’t find him very funny. Where is the line drawn between joking, teasing, and bullying? This 30-page comic book is great for 4th-7th graders who are struggling with fitting in and figuring out how to get along with others. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the comic. The campaign ends on July 22.
hocreprint Caroline Dougherty is raising funds to reprint the HAUS OF CARDS, a deck of cards first printed in 2020. The original artwork featured on each of the face cards is inspired by established lore, symbolism from the traditional English pattern deck, and suit variations in different nations. With each stretch goal met, Dougherty will upgrade the quality of the deck and extras produced as reward options. The reward options for this project include the deck, a Joker card sticker, and prints of the face cards, with a velvet drawstring bag and included Joker card as stretch goals. The campaign ends on July 31.

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


General/Misc.


Animation

Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide. You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.comSee Entertainment Careers for more listings.


Comics, Illustration, and More

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Wizards in Space is accepting submissions of writing, illustration, and short comics for its upcoming 7th issue with the theme “bridges and barriers” until July 30. Creators of accepted works will be paid, but they do not state how much.
  • Bluestockings is accepting submissions of zines for consignment throughout the month of July.
  • 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.
  • Quindrie Press is accepting submissions for its 2022 comic collection until August 31. They’re seeking pitches for 36-40 page comics, complete creative teams based in the UK (with priority given to Scottish artists), and pitches from people with all sorts of comic experience.
  • 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.)


Check out Arts for LA, Call for Entry, College Art Opportunities, or Graphic Competitions for more exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities. Check Chris Arrant’s #ComicJobs hashtag on Twitter.


Conventions and Events

Many conventions and major events have been cancelled due to travel restrictions, guest cancellations, and preventative responses to the spread of coronavirus. Here is a list of cancelled and postponed conventions. Please check in frequently with any event you have planned through 2021. And, as always, wash your hands.

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


Designers


Fan Zines

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


Games

  • 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 an Art Lead and a Unity C# Engineer.
  • (Glendale, CA) Marvel Entertainment is seeking Art Lead for Marvel Games.
  • (Kirkland, WA) Monolith Productions is seeking a Senior FX Artist.
  • (Chicago, IL) NetherRealm Studios is seeking a Associate 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 Games Programmer, and a Lead Artist.
  • Playtonic is seeking a Graduate Animator, a Graduate 3D Artist, a Graduate Programmer, a Product Marketing Manager, a Producer, a Publishing Producer, a QA Tester, a Senior Programmer Lead, and a Senior Technical Artist.
  • (REMOTE) Red Thread Games is seeking a a 2D/3D art generalist to join the Dustborn team, and a Studio Manager to run the Oslo office.
  • (London, UK) Rocksteady Studios is seeking a Lead Network Programmer, 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 Senior Unity Programmer (contract) and a Sound Designer.
  • WB Games is seeking Senior Gameplay Technical AnimatorSenior Level Designer, and 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.

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


Mentorships & Fellowships


Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • 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.
  • ViciousMinutesHour is accepting applications from Black Trans folk for two Artist-in-Residence positions. The artist-in-residence opportunity pays $225 CDN per week and serves as a space/time grant, providing an additional source of income for the general work applicants do as an artist.

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunitiesor Creative Capital for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.


Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


Teaching

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Voice Acting

  • 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

  • endingbutton_4 Uncanny Magazine is seeking a Nonfiction Editor and strongly encourages BIPOC, Disabled, and LGBTQIA+ folks to apply. Applicants should have a deep love and knowledge of science fiction and fantasy, and ideally have some experience in editorial work and publishing. The position will begin in August 2021, and will run for six issues/a year with possibility for renewal. There is a modest stipend for this position. Apply by July 19 for consideration.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • Passionfruit is a newsletter made by and for LGBTQ+ Asians/diasporic Asians in the USA. Sent through the post to your mailbox, this project follows the tradition of queer newsletters and periodicals of the 70s-80s. They are seeking submissions of political and personal writing on queer Asian issues and lived experience, ranging from personal essays, to poetry, to news from your community. Submissions are open until July 25. All contributors will be able to receive a physical newsletter.
  • 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.
  • Wizards in Space is accepting submissions of writing, illustration, and short comics for its upcoming 7th issue with the theme “bridges and barriers” until July 30. Creators of accepted works will be paid, but they do not state how much.
  • Anathema Magazine is accepting submissions from queer/two-spirit African authors for their upcoming special Africa (August 2021) issue until July 31. They pay $100 CAD for fiction & $50 for poetry.
  • button_new3 Apex Magazine is accepting submissions from Indigenous authors for its upcoming Indigenous Futurists issue edited by Alison Mills. Submissions are open until July 31. Guidelines for submissions are the same as general submission guidelines. Allison Mills will read all submissions and make publication choices, but stories rejected by Allison will still be eligible for general submission to Apex Magazine. Apex Magazine pays $0.08/word.
  • 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.
  • Flame Tree Publishing is accepting submissions from writers of East, South or Southeast Asian heritage for upcoming anthology Asian Ghost Short Stories until August 1. Word length is most likely to be successful at 2000–4000 words, but stories slightly outside this range will still be read.
  • Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth is accepting submissions of completed speculative stories on the theme of plants and growth, featuring queer characters, written in English until August 7 at 9pm Pacific.
  • 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.
  • Blair Publishing is accepting submissions of full manuscripts for the Lee Smith Novel Prize until September 1. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication.
  • button_new3 Wax Nine’s first annual Chapbook Contest is open to submissions of poetry or hybrid poetry manuscripts between 25-50 pages (max 50, including front/back matter). The winning manuscript will be selected by editor Sadie Dupuis and published by Wax Nine in 2022 in a first run of 125 copies. Chapbooks will be perfect-bound, laid out by designer Caitlin Bechtel, and printed locally in Philadelphia at Fireball Printing. The winner will receive 20 free copies, a $250 advance, and split royalties on copies sold by Wax Nine. Future printings will be determined based on demand between author and Wax Nine. Submissions will stay open until September 1. There is no submission fee. Finalists will be notified in early November with a winner announced by early December.
  • button_new3 Karen Strong is seeking an unagented, previously unpublished Black writer to contribute a short story for the young-adult anthology COOL. AWKWARD. BLACK. This anthology will be published in Spring 2023 by Penguin Young Readers with a list of bestselling and critically acclaimed Black authors. The submissions call will close on September 15 at 11:59PM EST. Submissions must include a short story of 5,000 words or less, a bio (150 words or less) about you and how you identify as part of the Black/African diaspora, and a photo/headshot. The selected contributor will be published and credited in the anthology and will receive $3,000.
  • 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 a Children’s Books 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (Petaluma, CA) Cameron + Company is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking an Editor.
  • Carnation Books is accepting submissions of f/f historical romance of at least 50,000 words from fanfiction authors.
  • CBR is seeking experienced writers to write on comic book news, analyses, and movie and tv show casting news.
  • 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, currently REMOTE) Chronicle Books is seeking an Assistant Managing Editor.
  • Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
  • (REMOTE) Crazy Maple Studio is seeking Contract Authors for the ongoing development of IP romance and thriller novels. Applicants should be socially inclusive, and comfortable telling stories featuring the full scope of consensual romance, including but not limited to: m/f, m/m, f/f, nb, poly, ménage. button_new3 They’re also hiring an Editor/Narrative Designer, which is a full-time position.
  • 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 and nonfiction 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 $75 flat rate.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Farrar, Straus, Giroux (FSG) is seeking an Editorial Assistant. They’re also seeking an Editorial Assistant for Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers.
  • (New York, NY) Grand Central Publishing is seeking an Editorial Assistant to join imprint Forever.
  • (New York, NY) Henry Holt is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Santa Cruz, CA, REMOTE OK) Idea Architects, one of the leading non-fiction literary agencies globally, is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • Interstellar Flight Press is accepting submissions of essays, book-length nonfiction manuscripts, and BIPOC novellas.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • Kickstarter is seeking a contract Publishing Consultant to help build greater awareness of and excitement about the platform with existing communities of self-publishing writers working on genre fiction.
  • (New York, NY) Little Bee Books is seeking a Publisher and an Associate Production Manager.
  • (New York, NY) Little, Brown Books is seeking three Editorial Assistants.
  • (New York, NY) Macmillian Adult Trade Division is seeking two Associate Managing Editors and a Senior Managing Editor.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY, currently REMOTE) Magic Cat, an imprint of Abrams Children’s Books focused on children’s non-fiction and gifts, is seeking an Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Marvel Entertainment is seeking an Associate Editor and a button_new3 Proofreader.
  • (Washington D.C.) National Geographic Kids is seeking an Associate Editor to edit and acquire children’s nonfiction and potentially fiction, as well as create new and reimagined IP for the list.
  • 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..
  • (Salem, MA) Page Street Publishing is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking an Editor or a Senior Editor to acquire and edit fiction for the Dutton imprint in the Penguin Publishing Group. They’re also seeking an Editorial Assistant to join the Portfolio/Sentinel/Optimism imprint and work with bestselling nonfiction books in the business, self-help, motivation, political, and narrative nonfiction categories.
  • (New York, NY – REMOTE OK) Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking an Editor or Senior Editor to oversee manga titles on behalf of their client, Kodansha.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Penguin Young Readers is seeking an Editor experienced in MG and YA acquiring and editing.
  • 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.
  • (Philadelphia, PA) Running Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, is seeking an Editor.
  • Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing unpublished material by writers from underrepresented communities, including Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ writers and writers who identify with other marginalized groups. They are also accepting manuscripts via literary agents.
  • (New York, NY) Scribner Books is seeking a Senior Editor who will acquire, edit, and publish a broad range of works in areas including literary fiction and narrative nonfiction.
  • 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.
  • Simon & Schuster is seeking:
  • (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. is seeking an Associate Managing Editor, Digital Publishing & Reprints.
  • The Temper is seeking written works, particularly from marginalized writers, that relate to sobriety, addiction, or recovery.
  • Three-Lobed Burning Eye is seeking original speculative short stories and flash fiction. Accepted authors of short stories will receive $100 and for flash fiction authors will receive $30.
  • (Portland, OR) Timber Press is seeking an Acquisitions Editor.
  • We Need Diverse Books is seeking blog volunteers with experience writing for an audience or an interest in interviewing authors about their work. The position is unpaid.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking an Associate Editor, an Editor, and button_new3 a Content Acquisition Specialist.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Director of Children’s Publishing and an Assistant Editor.

Youth and Internships


Resources


Deals

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

Remember to check ComiXologyDick Blick, Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, JoannMichael’s, and RightStuf for their weekly ads, coupons, and specials on comics and art supplies.


Giveaways


That’s it for this week! Look out for another post next week with these categories and possibly more. Is there something you’d like to see more of? Something you know about but don’t see here? Let me know! 

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