Weekly Roundup: August 20, 2021


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

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  • In celebration of Paper Cat Press’s 5-year anniversary, I’ve updated the logo, graphics, and color palette! I hope you enjoy.
  • The “Resources” area of the Roundup is getting some remodeling. Some resources have been relocated; some have not. I’m hoping to work out a new solution for their sharing and organization in the near future. Thank you for your patience!
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Social Resources

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  • 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!
  • endingbutton_4 The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is accepting submissions from local political cartoonists for the Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning. Submit ten cartoons and a 150 word statement about your work and its impact. Cartoons must have been published between June 2020 and June 2021. There is no submission fee. The deadline to enter is Friday, August 27.
  • The Cupcake Awards, presented by CAKE (the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo), are accepting applications until August 31. Two selected winners will receive $250 to print a new mini-comic, a free half-table at next year’s CAKE (debuting their new mini-comic), and mentor support from one of the special guest judges.
  • Comics professionals can now apply to vote in the Harvey Awards, which just announced its nominees. Voting closes on September 6.

Crowdfunded Projects

signalscomplete endingbutton_4 Comic creator and illustrator Deandra “Nika” Tan is raising funds to publish SIGNALS: The Complete Series. Blending mystery, comedy, romance, and action into a thrilling comic full of twists and turns, SIGNALS follows amateur (and telepathic) sleuth Mel Song as she tackles her first big missing persons case in New York City. Reward options include one or both of the full-color volumes that complete the series, a sticker sheet, art prints featuring special guest artists, an enamel pin, a t-shirt, and additional comics created by Nika. The campaign ends on August 26.
chidrawgo Chicago-based comics group Chidrawgo is raising funds to publish I Like Robots: A Chidrawgo Magazine Graphic Anthology. The full-color, 8.5 x 11 inch magazine features 170+ pages of brand-new robot comics, illustrations, and more from over forty Chicago-based creators. Campaign rewards include digital and physical copies of the anthology magazine, a small robot figurine, and original wall art made by robots. The campaign ends on September 3.

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



Animation Resources:

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

Comics, Illustration, and More

  • DisabledCartoonists.com has launched! Submissions at CartoonistsofColor.com and QueerCartoonists.com have reopened. Thank you Mari Naomi and Cameron for all of your work in creating and maintaining these priceless resources!
  • The results of the Comics Workforce Study 2019 is now available. Thank you Sasha Bassett for all of your work in collecting and parsing this data!
  • endingbutton_4 Clip Studio Paint is hosting a 2-day event featuring 6 artists providing direction on how to create and publish a webcomic from August 21–22.
  • endingbutton_4 Disabled And Here is expanding their stock collection and commissioning 5 new digital illustrations from disabled BIPOC artists. They want to work with at least 2 illustrators and will pay $600 per piece. The resulting work will be free for public use under Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution. Illustrators will also be featured in interviews. At this time, they are especially interested in commissioning artists that illustrate from their lived experience of being blind, visually impaired, and/or d/Deaf. Submit by August 21 for consideration. All artists will receive a response by September 17.
  • 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.)
  • MediBang Paint is accepting submissions of illustrations with the theme of “fall” to be displayed on the registration and login screens of MediBang Paint. There is no mention of monetary compensation. Works must be submitted by September 30 at 00:00(JST).
  • Gallery Nucleus is accepting submissions for their show Power in Numbers 6. Both Portland and LA galleries will have their own unique roster of artists. For one weekend only, the gallery will feature all traditional work in a 5 x 7 postcard format show. The gallery will feature original work from over 100 artists, on sale for $100 each. The show will be cash and carry, meaning each purchased piece will be immediately removed from the show to be taken home. Work must be submitted by October 1.
  • NSFW! Nether Realms: Sci-Fi Erotica for Gender Explorers is seeking submissions from artists, writers, and teams of 7-15 page long erotic comics ready for our anthology Kickstarter launching Spring/Summer 2022. Submissions close October 1.

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

Conventions and Events

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

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


Fan Zines

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


  • Brass Lion Entertainment is an entertainment studio headquartered in New York City and Montréal focused on creating original fictional universes that center on Black, Brown, and other traditionally marginalized characters, cultures, and stories. They’re seeking a Build Programmer, a Gameplay Programmer, a Lead 3D Environment Artist, a Senior 3D Environment Artist, a Senior Engine Programmer, a Senior Graphics Programmer, a Senior Technical Animator, and a Senior UX Designer.
  • (Austin, TX, currently REMOTE) Farbridge is seeking a 3D Character Artist, a 3D Character Animator, and an Unreal C++ Engineer.
  • endingbutton_4 (Grand Rapids, MI) Hybrid game developer and publisher Finji is seeking a Unity Character Animator. Apply by August 23 for consideration.
  • (Melbourne, Australia) The League of Geeks is seeking a Technical Director. Relocation assistance is available.
  • (Glendale, CA) Marvel Entertainment is seeking Art Lead for Marvel Games.
  • Nix Hydra Games is seeking a Creative Video Editor (contractor), a Games Programmer, and a Lead Artist.
  • Playtonic is seeking a Product Marketing Manager, a Producer, a Publishing Producer, a Senior Programmer Lead, and a Senior Technical Artist.
  • (Seattle, WA) Polyarc Games is seeking an Environment Artist, a Gameplay Animator, a Mid-Level or Senior 3D Artist, a Mid-Level or Senior Character Artist, a Senior Product Manager, a Senior Technical Artist, and a System/DevOps Engineer.
  • (REMOTE) Red Thread Games is seeking a 2D/3D art generalist to join the Dustborn team, and a Studio Manager to run the Oslo office.
  • button_new3 (San Francisco, CA, REMOTE okay) SuperGiant Games is seeking a 3D Animator.
  • (Oval, London, UK, currently REMOTE) ustoo games is seeking a Senior Unity Programmer (contract).
  • 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.
  • (Chicago, IL) Young Horses is seeking a 3D Artist and a Programmer.

Game Dev Resources:

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

  • button_new3 The BuzzFeed Fellowship is accepting applications until August 27 by 5pm EST. The year-long program is a crash course in how to consistently write stories that capture readers’ attention, push the cultural conversation forward, and reach a massive audience. This is a paid position (starting at $18/hour). The Fellowship allows for candidates to work fully remote in select locations, but there will also be opportunities to work from our NY or LA location when offices are safely reopened.
  • The People of Color in Publishing Mentorship Program is accepting mentee applications from full-time and part-time entry-level POC professionals, as well as individuals with internship(s) experience.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

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

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.


  • (Columbus, OH) The Columbus College of Art and Design is seeking Adjunct Instructors for Fall and Spring in Art History, Art Therapy, Digital Media Illustration, Comics & Narrative Writing, and more.

Sign up to teach at Skillshare to earn royalties based on the premium member students in your class. See here for additional information.

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 The Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Oregon Humanities magazine is accepting nonfiction submissions pertaining to the theme “beyond” from writers residing in Oregon. Submissions should be received by August 22 for consideration.
  • FIYAH and Tor.com are partnering with the LeVar Burton Reads podcast for their first-ever short story writing contest. Using the theme “origins and encounters,” submit prose works with speculative or fantastical elements. Submit by August 31 at 11:59PM ET for a chance to win cash prizes and have your story read by LeVar Burton on his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads. While FIYAH is a limited-demographic publication, this contest is open to all.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Elly Blue Publishing is accepting short fiction submissions for Books and Bikes in Space until October 1. Contributors are guaranteed a minimum $50 each as well as copies of the printed book, along with a percentage of profits from the related Kickstarter campaign.
  • 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.
  • ECW Press is seeking entries of unpublished novel manuscripts in English between 40,000 and 150,000 words by a Canadian author in the science fiction, fantasy, or speculative fiction genres. The writer of the selected manuscript will receive a $3,000 prize and a publishing contract. The deadline for entries is October 31, and there is no fee to enter.

  • 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; an Editor, Entertainment and Licensed Products, Children’s Books; and a Senior Editor/Executive Editor, Entertainment and Licensed Products, Children’s Books.
  • (Stoughton, MA) Adams Media is seeking a freelance Editorial Assistant.
  • button_new3 (White Plains, NY) The American Booksellers Association is seeking a Copyeditor.
  • Anathema Magazine is seeking poetry and cover art submissions from queer/two-spirit person of color/Indigenous/Aboriginal people.
  • Anime Feminist is looking for contributors. Read here for more information. Article writers will be paid $50 per article.
  • Anime News Network is seeking Freelance Editorial Contributors.
  • (New York, NY) Astra Publishing House is seeking an Editorial Assistant to work with Boyds Mills Press.
  • 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) Barnes and Noble is seeking an Associate Managing Editor for Digital Publishing & Reprints and an Editorial Assistant for Children’s Books.
  • button_new3 (REMOTE) BenBella Books is seeking an Assistant or Associate Editor to provide editorial support across BenBella, with a particular focus on the Matt Holt business imprint.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (REMOTE) CamCat Publishing is seeking a Content Assistant to support the publisher and others by generating, posting, and monitoring content across multiple channels.
  • (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.
  • Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
  • (New York, NY) The Countryman Press, an imprint of W. W. Norton & Company, is looking for an Editor with experience in the lifestyle category.
  • (Sunnyvale, CA) Crazy Maple Studio is seeking an Editor/Narrative Designer and an Audiobook Managing Editor.
  • 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.
  • Escape Pod, the internet’s original science fiction podcast, is seeking one or two Associate Editors (First Readers). The position involves reviewing a handful of short stories per week and provides a token payment. However, the primary benefit is reading and analyzing large numbers of short stories, and the training you receive to do so. This position is best suited for early-career authors – including the unpublished – who are looking to improve their short story craft.
  • (New York, NY) Forge Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates (TDA) is looking for a full-time Editorial Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Grand Central Publishing is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Philadelphia, PA) The Hachette Book Group’s Perseus Books division is seeking a Managing Editor for their Running Press imprint.
  • (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.
  • Jan Cash, the Managing Editor at J-Novel Club, is seeking freelance light novel and manga editors. Applicants can apply for an editing test by emailing at jan [at] j-novel.club.
  • (New York, NY) Kane Press is seeking to hire a Senior Editor to develop and acquire high-quality educational children’s books and series, with strong relationships with authors and agents.
  • 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, Brown Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Macmillian Adult Trade Division is seeking a Senior Managing Editor.
  • (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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media is hiring an Agent Assistant.
  • 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 Paris Review is seeking an Assistant or Associate Editor to support the Senior Editor in creating the magazine’s online presence.
  • (New York, NY – REMOTE OK) Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking a Manga Editor to oversee manga titles on behalf of their client, Kodansha.
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking
  • (New York, NY) Poets & Writers Magazine is seeking an Assistant 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.
  • (REMOTE) Prism, a nonprofit, independent news outlet led by people of color and anchored in communities of color, is seeking a salaried, full-time Copy Editor.
  • (Katonah, NY or New York City, NY) Salky Literary Management is seeking an Agent Assistant to support Jesseca Salky, a founding partner, in daily administrative and creative tasks.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • (Naperville, IL or New York, NY) Sourcebooks is seeking a Senior Editor and 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. 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.
  • button_new3 (REMOTE) Urano Publishing, a major Spanish language publishing house, seeks a part-time Editor to work on their new English language list in the US.
  • (REMOTE) Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is seeking a Senior Editor, Fiction (Contract). They’re also seeking Creator Acquisitions Managers in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking an Associate Editor and a Content Acquisition Specialist.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Director of Children’s Publishing.

Writing Resources:

Youth and Internships

  • (REMOTE) Astra Publishing is seeking paid Social Media interns for Fall.
  • Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
  • button_new3 (Burbank, CA) Disney TV Animation is seeking a General Technical Director Trainee for the early 2022 Apprentice Program. Apply by October 10 for consideration.
  • (REMOTE or New York, NY) Francis Goldin Literary Agency is seeking a paid, part-time intern interested in a publishing career for Fall 2021.
  • (REMOTE) Latinx in Publishing is seeking a temporary Administrative Assistant to support the directors of the Writers Mentorship Program in Fall 2021. The Administrative Assistant will help prepare for opening applications, facilitate the judging process as necessary, and handle communications with applicants until decisions are sent out. Contract will begin in August and end on December 17.
  • (REMOTE) Macmillan Publishers is offering paid, part-time, remote internship opportunities for Fall 2021.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking an Editorial intern.



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

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


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


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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup: August 13, 2021

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