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- The Crash Override Network has resources on what to do if you’re a victim of online harassment and/or doxxing and how to protect yourself.
- If you are a trans person in need of legal assistance, check translawhelp.org for pro bono services in your state.
- Here’s a list of free or low-cost mental health resources. Thank you so much for compiling this list, Tiffany!
- If you need to talk to someone or otherwise vent, please utilize this list of help hotlines.
Remember to rest, eat, and drink water when you can. Take care of yourself the best that you can. You, your presence, and your work have an incredible impact on the people around you. You should be here.
- Nilah Magruder shared this Illustration Awards Masterlist. Scroll down to the Resources section to see even more that Nilah has contributed to the community for free. Thank you so much, Nilah!
- The 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.
- The WEBTOON CANVAS Awards are accepting nominations of CANVAS series October 20 – 31. Voting will open December 6, with winners are announced on January 3, 2022.
Crowdfunded ProjectsCloudscape Comics is raising funds to publish Fantastic Frights: An all ages fantasy horror anthology. Fantastic Frights is a dreadfully delightful return to the pulp horror comic anthologies of the past, featuring 15 stories from more than 20 creators. The 140-page softcover comic anthology features interiors designed entirely in pink and blue duotone, allowing the artists to tell their stories in visually unique and unexpected ways. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Fantastic Frights, digital copies of Cloudscape’s horror anthologies, a pinup poster, a sticker pack, and more. The campaign ends on November 5.
Nathan Kempf is raising funds to publish Adventures Everywhere: A Comic-Book Anthology for Kids. Featuring over 100 pages of comics suited for kids and younger teens, Adventures Everywhere includes tales of adventure in both fantastical and contemporary settings. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the book, a bookmark, three postcard prints, a teacher’s guide, and a one-page feature for creators under 15. The campaign ends on November 15.
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!
- For users of DeviantArt: DeviantArt Protect, their state-of-the-art image recognition software, is expanding its reach beyond just DeviantArt, and now scans public blockchains and third-party marketplaces for potential art infringements in the form of minted non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Not every NFT is minted by the actual owner of the art, allowing bad actors to sell and profit from the hard work of deviants. With this addition, DeviantArt Protect provides an additional layer of security to help safeguard your art.
- If you’re a Filipino artist, add your name to the Filipino American Artist Directory!
- 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!
- Elvie Mae Parian shared a Google Sheet with a Directory of Remote Animation Workplaces. Check it out!
- Atomic Cartoons is seeking:
- (Vancouver, Canada) a 2D Harmony Animator, a 2D Harmony Builds Artist, a 2D Harmony Compositing Artist, a 2D Harmony FX Artist, a 2D Production Coordinator, CG FX Artists, a CFX Supervisor, CG Animators, a CG Designer, a CG Groom Artist, a CG Layout Artist, a CG Lead Animator, a CG Lead Designer, a CG Lead Lighting and Compositing Artist, a CG Lead Shot TD, CG Look Development Artists, a CG Pipeline TD, CG Rigging Artists, a CG Shot Finaling Artist, a CG Storyboard Supervisor, a CG Supervisor, a CG Texturing Artist, a Production Assistant, and a Production Coordinator.
- (Ottawa, Canada) a 2D Harmony Animator.
- (Vancouver, Canada) Bardel Entertainment has many open job opportunities.
- – New items bolded – Bento Box:
- (Glendale, CA) Seeking a 2D Junior Animator, a Production Coordinator, and a Timing Director (part-time).
- (North Hollywood, CA) Seeking two Animatic & Animation Editors, a Background Supervisor, a Director, and a Storyboard Artist.
- (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking a 3D Character Sculptor, an Art Director, a Creative Development Producer, an experienced 3D Maya Rigger, an Experienced Set/Environment Designer, an Experienced Surfacing Artist, a Junior 2D After Effects Compositor, a Junior 3D Maya Rigger, a Junior Background Artist, a Junior Surfacing Artist, a Lighting and Compositing Artist (experienced), a Nuke Pipeline TD, a Render Manager, and a Storyboard Artist. They’re also accepting speculative applications.
- (Burbank, CA) Cartoon Network Studios is seeking a Production Coordinator and a Production Manager.
- (Burbank, CA) Disney TV Animation is seeking an Assistant Director, two Background Painters, a CG Model Designer, a Color Designer, a Director, a Production Associate, a Prop Designer, a Storyboard Artist (song sequences), and a Storyboard Revisionist.
- (Glendale, CA) DreamWorks Animation is hiring an Art Director, a Character Designer, two Department TDs, a Developmental Production Manager, a Digital Colorist, a Digital Matte Painter, a Line Producer, a Modeler, a Production Assistant, a Script Coordinator, a Supervising Producer, and two Visual Development Artists.
- Industrial Light and Magic:
- (London, UK) Seeking an Animation Supervisor, a Groom Artist, a Lead Layout Artist, and a Layout/Match Move Artist. For their Virtual Art Department, they’re seeking an Artist, a Junior Artist, and a Technical Artist.
- (Vancouver, BC) Seeking an Animator, a Hard Surface Modeler, and a Previs Generalist.
- (Sydney, Australia) Seeking a Crowd TD, a Lead Crowd TD, a Senior Crowd TD, an Effects Supervisor, a Look Development Artist, and a Paint and Roto Artist.
- (Madrid, Spain) Lightbox Animation Studios is seeking a Senior and Mid Lighting & Compositing Artist and a Technical Director.
- (San Francisco, CA) Lucasfilm is seeking a Production Engineer.
- (Burbank, CA) Marvel Studios is seeking an Episodic Director, a Production Supervisor, a Senior Illustrator, and a Supervising Director.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Netflix Animation is hiring a Compositor, a Compositing Supervisor, a Technical Director, a VFX Supervisor, and a Visual Development Artist.
- (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is seeking an Animatic Editor, an Animation Feature Line Producer, an Animation Line Producer (upcoming CG series), an Art Director, a Background Designer, a Background Painter, a CG Animation Director, a CG Generalist, a Character Designer, a Colorist Design, an Environment Artist, a Lighting and Compositing Artist, a Picture Editor, a Production Coordinator, a Production Manager, two Storyboard Directors, two Storyboard Artists, and a Storyboard Supervisor. In New York, NY, they’re seeking an Animation Line Producer.
- (Emeryville, CA) Pixar Animation Studios is seeking a Layout Artist, a Lead Development Coordinator, a Post-Production Software Engineer, and a Technical Shader, Characters.
- (Vancouver, BC) Sony Imageworks is hiring Animators, Character FX Technical Directors, Compositors, FX Artists, Layout Artists, Lighters, Matte Painters, Modelers, and more.
- – New items bolded – Titmouse:
- (Los Angeles, CA) Seeking a Background Design Supervisor, a Creative Director, a Flash Animator, a Flash Assistant Character Designer, a Line Producer, a Storyboard Artist, and a Storyboard Revisionist.
- (Vancouver, BC) Seeking three AE Compositors, two Background Layout Artists, a Background Painter, two Flash Animators, a Harmony Animator, a Harmony Clean Up & Color Artist, an Online Editor, a Production Coordinator, a Storyboard Artist, and a Traditional Rough Animator.
- (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring an Animator, a Designer, an Environment Modeler, a General Technical Director, and a Lighting Artist. They’re also accepting applications for a Character TD Trainee and a Crowds Artist Trainee until October 31.
- (Burbank, CA) Warner Brothers Animation is seeking two Assistant Production Managers, two Associate Producers, a Graphic Designer, and three Production Managers.
- XP-Pen hosted a free 6-Week Animator Incubation program. All of the courses are now available to view for free.
- The Association of Japanese Animations released a 124-page free PDF of “Animator’s Tasks—The First Step to Understanding the Law of Movement.“
- Michael Rianda shared a free class for people who want to learn story in animation.
- Rhael McGregor is offering free animation portfolio reviews for indigenous peoples if you send a copy of your work/portfolio over to their email.
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!
- 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.
- DC Comics’ The Milestone Initiative is accepting applications from Black and other underrepresented creators who are ready to enter the comic book industry at a professional level. Participants in The Milestone Initiative will be invited to a one-week summit, hosted by WarnerMedia, DC, and Ally, where they’ll make connections, create community, and begin an immersive course to help hone creative skills and better understand the comic book industry. Apply by November 12 for consideration.
- 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.
- Illustrators can take the State of Illustration international survey here.
- Illustrators and literary agents: Search agent listings by genre, location, and agency at the Agents for Illustrators website.
- 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.
- AZE Journal is accepting general submissions of articles, collections, abstract expressions, and more on topics which may or may not intersect or resonate with elevating discourse on (a)sexuality, (a)romanticism, and (a)gender identity, and attraction broadly. There is no payment for publication at this time.
- 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.
- Creator Advisor helps creators connect with other creators on paid comic book projects.
- (Burbank, CA) DC Comics is seeking an Associate Editor.
- GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
- Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
- (Burbank, CA) Marvel Studios is seeking a Senior Illustrator to join the Visual Development Team.
- 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.
- Pencil Cat Distribution is a new online store management and order fulfillment service for artists, designers, and creators in Canada. Artists with original artwork are invited to apply; fanart is not allowed at this time. (Note: Although our names are similar, Paper Cat is not affiliated with Pencil Cat.)
- (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking a Graphics Editor for Pantheon Books.
- 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 acasault[at]scholastic.ca.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Tapas Media is seeking an Assistant Editor and an Editor for Comics. They’re also seeking a Freelance Contractor: Reformatting Assistant, Novels and a Freelance Typesetter.
- (New York, NY) ViacomCBS is seeking an Editor to act as lead creative manager for comics, magazine, and Young Adult-targeted businesses, working with publishing partners in setting the editorial and creative strategies for these products.
- (REMOTE) Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is seeking Korean-to-English Localization Translators in Toronto, Halifax, and remotely.
- Submit your webcomic to The Webcomic Library by using this form.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking a Quality Control Manager and many other candidates, including those interested in the Latin America division. They’re also seeking Freelance Artist Assistants (REMOTE) and a Freelance Graphic Designer (Korean/English bilingual).
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.
- The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) will take place December 10-12 in 2021.
- Comic-Con Special Edition (San Diego, CA; November 26–28) is accepting exhibitor applications.
- GeekGirlCONLINE will take place online November 13-14.
- The ShortBox Comics Fair will take place online from October 1-October 31.
- (New York, NY) Abrams Books is seeking a Senior Designer.
- (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking an Associate Book Designer.
- (New York, NY) Celadon Books is seeking a Designer.
- (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) Henry Holt & Company is looking for a Designer to join the cover design team.
- (Portland, OR, primarily REMOTE) Image Comics is seeking a Marketing Designer.
- (Mountain View, CA) KiwiCo is seeking a Graphic Designer, Children’s Books.
- (New York, NY) The Knopf Doubleday Creative Services department is seeking a Designer.
- (New York, NY) Little Bee Books is seeking a Designer for the BuzzPop imprint.
- (New York, NY) Little, Brown Books is seeking a Design Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is seeking an Associate Art Director, a Senior Designer, and a Studio Manager.
- (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking:
- an Art/Design Assistant to support the Cover Art Department at Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- a Designer (interiors) to join the Children’s Books Trade Publishing group
- a Designer for the Brands and Licensed Art department
- 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
- (Philadelphia, PA) Quirk Books is seeking a Junior Designer.
- (New York, NY) Scholastic is seeking a Designer for the Trade division and 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.
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.
- Kitten Cup Studio is looking for an experienced character rigger and animator to bring to life a variety of cat characters for their upcoming game Pekoe. This is a remote work-for-hire contract open to Ontario residents. This position is compensated at $25/h. The contract is for 960 hours split between 16 characters, but may be extended depending on your experience and skill to include other work.
- (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.
- (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:
- Work in localization? The Fighting Game Glossary lists over 650 terms, carefully explained with 200+ video examples and Japanese translations.
- The Game UI Database is a great resource for interface designers.
- GB Patch Games created a pronoun system that allows players to can choose them, have more than one, weigh how often they’re used, let them change with time, and add their own. GB Patch Games’ programmer is planning to release the code for Renpy in the future, and Noé Charron is offering a version of the system that works with Unity 3D games.
- Represent Me shared its Best Practice Guidelines, featuring definitions of over 100 key diversity terms for free and 30 additional paid guides.
Mentorships & Fellowships
- 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.
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 Blacktober Creator Fund is accepting applications until November 5. Ten Black/Mixed Black Creatives will be selected for a $100 grant courtesy of the funds raised by the Blacktober Community. Must be 18 or older to apply.
- The Constellation Award is accepting applications from independent literary presses that are led by and/or champion the writing of people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American & Pacific Islander individuals. The inaugural recipient will receive an award of $10,000. Apply by November 5 for consideration.
- The Covid-19 Aid Funds website lists funding opportunities.
- 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.
- The Otherwise Award (formerly the Tiptree Award) is accepting applications for the Otherwise Fellowships, providing $500 grants for “writers, artists, scholars, media makers, remix artists, performers, musicians, or something else entirely. If you are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative – maybe in a form we would recognize as the science fiction or fantasy genre, maybe in some other way – you are eligible for a Fellowship.” The Otherwise Fellowships are awarded to two creators each year. Applications are due on October 31.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Neon Hemlock is accepting submissions to Opulent Syntax: Irish Speculative Fiction until October 31.
- 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.
- Bitch Magazine is accepting submissions with the theme “touch” until November 7.
- (New York, NY) Grove Atlantic is seeking an Editorial Assistant to the Editorial Director. Apply by November 12 for consideration.
- 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.
- Submissions to We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2021 for Queer short fiction reprints from 2021 are open until December 31.
- Transmogrify! is accepting submissions of stories about literally magical trans and non-binary teens as written by figuratively magical trans and non-binary authors. One or two stories will be selected from submissions and will be featured within the anthology, to be published by HarperTeen in Summer 2023. Submit by January 14, 2022 at 11:59pm PT for consideration.
- (New York, NY) Abrams Press is seeking a Senior Editor.
- (Avon, MA) Adams Media is seeking an Assistant Editor.
- (New York, NY) Alcove Press is seeking a Senior Editor.
- Anathema Magazine is seeking prose, 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 queer women and/or trans writers, particularly writers of color, interested in writing erotic stories for their SLICK series. Accepted writers will be paid $150 for up to 2000 words. Pitch Ro at ro [at] autostraddle.com. Autostraddle is also accepting pitches for reporting or personal essays from trans writers. Send those pitches to xoai [at] autostraddle.com. Priority given to BIPOC. Rates are $100-300 depending on the piece and experience. They’re also hiring a Senior Director of Advertising Sales and a Deputy Editor.
- (New York, NY) Basic Books is seeking an Editor or Senior Editor to acquire and edit serious nonfiction.
- 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.
- (New York, NY) Bloomsbury Publishing is seeking an Assistant Editor to work with the Children’s Trade group.
- (San Jose, CA; Oakland, CA; or New York, NY) Callisto Media is seeking an Editor.
- (Petaluma, CA) Cameron + Company is seeking an Editorial Director.
- (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- 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 and illustrators who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) to discuss your manuscript or review your portfolio. You must enter a lottery on their website for consideration.
- (San Francisco, CA) Chronicle Books is seeking a Managing Editorial Assistant.
- Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
- CRAFT is accepting submissions of short and flash fiction, with a free “fast-response” option available to BIPOC and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers. Fast responses will be given within four weeks of submission. If CRAFT declines your work, they will offer a few lines of actionable feedback. They pay $200 for accepted short stories and $100 for flash fiction. Each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer.
- (Sunnyvale, CA, currently REMOTE) Crazy Maple Studio is seeking a Narrative Designer (remote).
- (New York, NY) Crooked Lane Books is seeking a Senior 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.
- (New York, NY) Erewhon Books is seeking a full-time, US-based Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Farrar, Straus and Giroux is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Forge Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates (TDA) is looking for a full-time Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Henry Holt is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) HarperCollins is seeking a Developmental Editor for its William Morrow imprint.
- Interstellar Flight Press is accepting submissions of essays and book-length nonfiction manuscripts.
- Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
- (New York, NY or REMOTE) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is seeking an Associate Desk Editor/Desk Editor.
- (New York, NY) Macmillian Adult Trade Division is seeking a Senior Managing Editor.
- (Plymouth, MI) Macmillian Learning is seeking a 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..
- (Salem, MA) Page Street Publishing is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking
- a Bilingual Copy Editor (Spanish/English) and an Editorial Assistant for Random House Children’s Books
- an Editor for the Make Me a World imprint of Random House Children’s Books
- an Editor for the WaterBrook & Multnomah imprint
- an Editorial Assistant for Dial Books
- an Editor and an Editorial Assistant for DK
- an Associate Editor, an Editor/Senior Editor for Nonfiction, and a Graphics Editor for Pantheon Books
- a Managing Editorial Assistant to assist Penguin Young Readers
- an Associate Production Editor for Putnam & Razorbill
- a Managing Editor for Sasquatch Books
- (New York, NY) Phaidon Press is seeking a Children’s Book Assistant Editor/Associate Editor.
- POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
- (New York, NY) The Quarto Group is seeking an Acquisitions Editor and an Editor.
- (Philadelphia, PA) Running Press is seeking an Editor to acquire and edit approximately 15 books and related products each year for the adult market, with a special focus in entertainment, humor, and sports.
- (New York, NY) Scholastic is seeking an Editorial Assistant and a Managing 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.
- The SFWA blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy.
- (Naperville, IL or New York, NY) Sourcebooks is seeking a Senior Editor – Children’s and Young Readers.
- (New York, NY) Sterling Publishing Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant for Children’s Books, an Editor/Senior Editor (Cookbooks & Lifestyle), an Editorial Assistant (Fiction, Non-fiction and Classics), an Editorial Assistant (Lifestyle, Health & Wellness, and Pop Culture), and a Production/Project Editor.
- (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. They’re also seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- 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.
- (REMOTE) Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is seeking Korean-to-English Localization Translators in Toronto, Halifax, and remotely.
- (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Children’s Book Editor.
- Hanna Alkaf shared a free post on Patreon about the realities of being a non-US author in US publishing. It also features Rin Chupeco, Laura Pohl, and Jesse Q Sutanto.
- #LatinxPitch shared a blog post about how to research agents prior to querying.
- Elissa shared a thread on reaching out to your local bookstores as an author.
- Literary Agents of Color is a directory that aims to support literary agents of color in the publishing industry.
- Shelly Romero created a document of Publishing Industry Resources.
- 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.
Youth and Internships
- (REMOTE) Algonquin Young Readers is seeking a Marketing Intern.
- Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
- (REMOTE) Macmillan Publishers is currently offering paid, part-time, remote internship opportunities for Spring 2022.
- Natalie “Tally” Nourigat offers advice & resources for young cartoonists ages 14-18 (although this is good advice for creators at any age)!
- The NewPages Young Writers Guide for artists and writers shares publications seeking applications from youth contributors.
- (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is accepting applications for a Character TD Trainee and a Crowds Artist Trainee until October 31.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Webtoon is seeking a Marketing Graphic Design intern and a Storyboard Intern.
- 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.
- Ally Rom Colthoff shared a list of active print and merchandise manufacturers for folks looking to print their own comics or create their own merchandise.
- 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!
- Check Becca Hillburn’s Youtube channel for new video interviews with independent artists, walkthroughs with dip pen nibs, tutorials, and more.
- 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 for comic creators 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.
- 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.
- 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 could be a great resource for comic creators and illustrators! Thanks to MEANBO$$ for sharing.
- 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!
- Graphic designer and illustrator June has shared a website describing possible career paths for illustrators.
- Jun shared a Twitter thread tutorial on how to use Clip Studio Paint’s 3D capabilities.
- Justin Donaldson shared a free reference pack of hands.
- Kiri Yu’s Convention Artists vs. COVID-19 survey results are now available.
- Latinx Pitch shared a blog post on The Anatomy of a Query Letter. As many creators are seeking representation, knowing how to best present your work to an agent can help potential partners engage with your work.
- Laurica created the Webcomic Author Toolbox designed to offer guidance to self-published webcomic authors.
- 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 discussed work-for-hire contracts.
- Marsoid shared a free 8-part series on making webcomics.
- Mike shared an artist’s guide to custom rigid frame wheelchairs.
- 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.
- Photopea.com works like Photoshop, but in your browser.
- RandomWebcomic.com shares random webcomics once you click the “Take me to a random webcomic” button on the site. To add your comic to the list, leave a comment on the website with the link to your comic.
- Sam Gushue shared a thread of resources they’ve shared over the years.
- Sandy Pug Games shared a thread with links to free resources for game creators.
- 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.
- Sharean Morishita shared 30 free-to-use Webtoon-edition school backgrounds.
- The Sherwood Forest Zine Library shared a free collection of zines regarding Black history/struggle, privilege, allyship, policing, legal rights, activism, and protest tactics.
- 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.
- Stephanie Cooke shared a thread on what to include in a comics pitch.
- 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.
- 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.
- Vegalia shared a new Procreate brush pack with 50+ different coil, curl, kinky, and wavy texture brushes, including outline braid brushes, and lashes, edges.
- VIShopper is the creator and distributor of cut-out images and textures for architectural visualization. It’s also a great reference source for illustrators. Check it out!
- 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.
- XP-Pen is offering up to $225 off its graphic tablets and displays until November 4.
- Goodreads offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres. Check out these giveaways for graphic novels.
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!
Thank you to Steven, April, Ari, C. Ellis, M Sorcier, Rene, SAWHAND, Bones, Elle, Geneva, Jesse, Abi, Amanda, Andi, Annie, BlackHairedDemon, Catherine, Char, Clorinspats, Eric, Farid, Frannie, Hedwig, Heidi, Ian, Julius, Kat, Laura, M Maaike, metouji, Michi, Myfawny, Ravi, and Sheika for your support on Patreon!
Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup: October 22, 2021