Weekly Roundup: October 8, 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! Links featuring adult content or that identify as adult material will be marked NSFW! I am not sponsored by any company, group, or individual listed below or elsewhere on this site unless otherwise stated.

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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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  • In celebration of Paper Cat Press’s 5-year anniversary, I’ve updated the logo, graphics, and color palette! I hope you enjoy.
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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!
  • The Lambda Literary Awards are accepting submissions of LGBTQ books until November 19 at 11:59 PM ET. Entry fees are $65 per book for small/independent presses and self-published books, if submitting 1-10 titles, or $55 per title if submitting 11 or more. Entry costs $75 per book for titles submitted by Big 5 publishers and their imprints.

Crowdfunded Projects

jumptales1-3 button_new3 A group of creators is raising funds to finance the first quarter of Jump Tales: Issues 1-3. The magazine includes over 60 pages of shonen comic goodness each month, plus a ~200-page print collection in black and white. Reward options include three digital issues, the print anthology, prints, a bookmark, a behind-the-scenes PDF, and access to a podcast mini-series. The campaign ends on October 14.
uncontrollablewrecklass button_new3 Aaron Walther is raising funds to publish The Uncontrollable Wreck-Lass, an all-ages comic about the world’s strongest 10-year old facing her biggest challenge yet: the first day of school. After a cat named Smugly begins a quest to enslave mankind with her mind-control powers, Wreck-Lass and her new school friends must find a way to foil Smugly’s evil plan before the entire city is under the nefarious feline’s control. Reward options include digital and physical book copies, stickers, prints, and original art. The campaign ends on October 18.
theradiantsight Faeries and Ents is raising funds to print and publish The Radiant Sight #1. Inspired by Korean dramas and themes like class divides, beauty bias, and star-crossed lovers, The Radiant Sight follows Kim Bit-Na who, upon inheriting a dress from her deceased aunt, receives a warm welcome into the world of the wealthy due the dress’s ability to make her appear radiantly beautiful while she wears it. Reward options include digital or physical copies of the first issue. The campaign ends on October 26.
meanwhile11 Soaring Penguin Press is raising fund to publish Meanwhile… #11, a 136-page comics anthology. Meanwhile… combines ongoing series with stand-alone stories, so that every issue provides a satisfying read while encouraging the reader to pick up the next issue. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Meanwhile… #11, a subscription to Meanwhile…, past issues of Meanwhile…, and an hour of time with publishers Tim Pilcher or John Anderson. The campaign ends October 30.

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!
  • endingbutton_4 The 2021 Dream Foundry Contest for beginning professionals is accepting unpublished submissions of short speculative fiction from writers and unpublished speculative pieces by artists until October 11. Winners may receive up to $1,000 in cash prizes.
  • button_new3 Blick is accepting submissions to their Pen and Ink Challenge until midnight CT on October 31. Five winners will each receive one set of 10 of the 100th Anniversary Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and one Sakura Pigma Art Set.
  • DEATH IN THE MOUTH will commission artists to create 6″ x 9″ black and white illustrations for its horror anthology and is accepting portfolio submissions until November 1.
  • button_new3 Arledge Comics is currently accepting applications for comics, short stories, and illustrations for Adorable Assistants: Tails Behind the Art. They’re also looking for artists for pin, sticker, and bookmark designs for Kickstarter rewards. Applications will close on December 1.
  • The Pokémon TCG Illustration Contest 2022 is accepting submissions from artists residing in Japan and the United States. Choose from eight different Pokémon and illustrate your chosen Pokémon living out a normal day in its life. Submit artwork between October 13 and January 31, 2022, at 6:59 PM for a chance to win up to $5,000 cash. Artists can submit up to three illustrations.
  • The Silent Manga Competition is accepting entries for its 17th contest with the theme “Moments of Haste, Rage, or Smiles.” Comics must be wordless and be submitted by January 31, 2022.

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 COVID-19. 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.


  • (Remote/Hybrid; Minneapolis, MN) 1517 Media is seeking a Graphic Designer.
  • (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking an Associate Book Designer and a Graphic Production Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Celadon Books is seeking a Designer.
  • (San Francisco, CA, currently REMOTE) Chronicle Books is seeking a Designer for the Brand team.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) Getty Publications is seeking a Designer to produce a wide range of high-quality illustrated art books.
  • (New York, NY) Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint Graphix is seeking a Senior Designer.
  • (New York, NY) The Hachette Book Group’s Grand Central Publishing Art department is seeking an Associate Art Director/Art Director.
  • (New York, NY) HarperCollins Children’s Books is currently seeking an Art Director to manage the design and creation of digital and print marketing materials.
  • (New York, NY) Henry Holt & Company is looking for a Designer to join the cover design team.
  • (New York, NY) Little, Brown Books is seeking a Junior 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:
    • an Art/Design Assistant to support the Cover Art Department at Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
    • a Design Assistant to join the Art department for Viking Children’s Books, Philomel Books and Flamingo Books
    • button_new3 a Designer to join the middle grade art team
    • a Junior Designer for the Avery Tarcher Perigree imprint
    • a Junior Designer to work on book cover designs for the Harmony Books and Rodale Books imprints
    • (REMOTE OK) a Junior Designer to join the Creative Marketing Services team, working primarily on the Putnam, Dutton, Tiny Reparations Books, and Plume imprints
    • a Junior Designer/Designer to work with the One World and Roc Lit imprints
  • (New York, NY) Scholastic is seeking a Designer for the Trade division and button_new3 a Visual Designer for their Digital Book Club.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Designer/Senior Designer.
  • (Oakland, CA) The University of California Press is seeking a Senior Designer.
  • (Seattle, WA) The University of Washington Press is seeking an Art Director.
  • (New York, NY) Viacom/CBS is seeking a Designer to work in their Publishing department.

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 Game Designer, a Gameplay Programmer, a Lead 3D Environment Artist, a Senior Engine Programmer, a Senior Graphics Programmer, and a UI/UX Programmer.
  • (Austin, TX, currently REMOTE) Farbridge is seeking a 3D Character Artist, a 3D Character Animator, and an Unreal C++ Engineer.
  • (REMOTE or Los Angeles, CA) Gravity Well is seeking a Senior Gameplay Designer, a Senior Level Designer, and a Senior Systems Designer.
  • (Melbourne, Australia) The League of Geeks is seeking a Technical Director. Relocation assistance is available.
  • Nix Hydra Games is seeking a Games Programmer, a Games Executive Producer, and a Mobile Games QA Lead Contractor.
  • 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.
  • (Stockholm, Sweden) Star Sable is seeking team members for “Project Curie,” and filling these roles: a Lead QA, an Open World Designer, a Senior 3D Character Artist, a Senior Product/Brand Marketing Manager, a Senior Technical Animator, and a Technical Director.
  • (San Francisco, CA, REMOTE okay) SuperGiant Games is seeking a 3D Animator.
  • (Oval, London, UK, currently REMOTE) ustoo games is seeking a Technical Artist (contract).
  • (Dublin, Ireland; currently Remote) Vela Games is seeking an Art Manager, a Character Concept Artist, a Lead 3D Character Artist, a Senior Animator, a Senior Art Producer, a Senior Combat Designer, a Senior Technical Artist, a VFX Artist, and more.

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

  • Verso Books is accepting applications to its paid Fellowship program until October 22. The full-time Verso Fellowship will be based in Verso’s Brooklyn office, using flexible remote working and learning as needed, and is open to applications from anywhere in the US. The 2022 Fellowship program will run from January to December, and will be paid $45,300 per year with twenty-five days of paid vacation, health, dental and vision insurance, and commuter benefits.
  • The We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program is accepting applications from writers and illustrators through October 31. Works should be suited for picture books, middle grade, or young adult.

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

  • 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 $1,000 grants on a rolling basis.
  • The Covid-19 Aid Funds website lists funding opportunities.
  • The $500 #DrawingWhileBlack Grant is now accepting applications. Apply by October 15 at 11:59pm PT for consideration.
  • button_new3 Gender Reveal is awarding ten $500 grants to trans artists and activists of color. They are specifically looking for applicants whose work supports trans folks, people of color, or other marginalized communities, and/or whose work fosters exploration and celebration of gender diversity. Apply by 11:59pm PT on October 31 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.
  • button_new3 The Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards is accepting applications from current US high school seniors until February 1, 2022 at 3pm CT or when 1,000 applications are received. Penguin Random House will award college scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five U.S. high school seniors, nationwide.
  • 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 this page.
  • We Are Here Scotland’s Creators’ Fund are accepting applications from Black and POC artists and creatives across Scotland. Seven selected creators will receive along with one-to-one mentorship from experienced industry professionals as well as £500 each. Apply by October 31 at 11:59pm GMT for consideration.

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


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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 The Arthur Flowers Flash Fiction Prize is accepting submissions of less than 1,000 words from Black writers, Indigenous writers, and writers of color. Submissions will be accepted until October 10. The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in Salt Hill Issue 48, and two runners-up will each receive a cash prize of $50 and publication in Salt Hill Issue 48. There is no submission fee.
  • endingbutton_4 The 2021 Dream Foundry Contest for beginning professionals is accepting unpublished submissions of short speculative fiction from writers and unpublished speculative pieces by artists until October 11. Winners may receive up to $1,000 in cash prizes.
  • endingbutton_4 (Minneapolis, MN) Graywolf Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant. Apply by October 15 for consideration.
  • Neon Hemlock is open to submissions of original speculative novellas until October 16. Submissions to Opulent Syntax: Irish Speculative Fiction are open until October 31.
  • button_new3 Bitch Magazine is accepting submissions with the theme “touch” until November 7.
  • Submissions to We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2021 for Queer short fiction reprints from 2021 are open until December 31.
  • 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.
  • Through October, Butter Press is accepting poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction submissions from queer, non-binary and transgender voices. All work should be sent by email. Please include a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file with an author bio in the body of the email. They encourage the inclusion of pronouns and portfolio/social media links.
  • Through October, EscapePod is accepting joyful stories that celebrate positive futures (or positive alternate pasts). They would especially like to see stories that embrace joy for demographics where pain is often centered (including but not limited to: people of marginalized genders or sexual preferences; people from historically oppressed or colonized cultures; people with disabilities). Happy endings are not mandatory, but some part of the story should evoke a smile.
  • 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.
  • DEATH IN THE MOUTH is accepting horror prose submissions from BIPOC and other ethnically marginalized artists and writers from around the world. Submissions should be 1,000-6,000 words, and accepted contributors will be paid $0.08/word. Submissions are due by November 1. They’re also accepting submissions of portfolios.
  • WildStar Press is accepting submissions for its upcoming comics anthology Songs of the Sea. The black and white comic anthology will feature original fiction about pirates and what calls them to the throes of piracy. Submissions will close on November 1.
  • LampLight, a quarterly magazine of Dark Fiction, is accepting submissions from writers who have not yet had their first professional sale of a story. Submit your works by November 15 for consideration.

Writing Resources:

Youth and Internships



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

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


That’s it for this week! 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: October 2, 2021

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