Weekly Roundup: October 12, 2018

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

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

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News || Helping Others || Awards || Recent Webcomic Debuts || Crowdfunded Projects || General || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Designers || Fan Zines || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Typesetting || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth and Internships || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


News

  • SPX has created a legal aid fund in support of 11 indie artists and an indie publisher who are faced with a defamation lawsuit because they spoke out against another creator’s alleged pattern of sexual abuse. Please support their cause and send the message that survivors of sexual assault do not feel afraid to speak out against their abusers and supporters of victims should not pay for an abuser’s crimes.
  • Paper Cat Press’s “Links” pages is currently offline as it undergoes construction. Thank you for your patience!

Social Resources

  • Need information on elections, candidates, and public policy in the US? Check out Ballotpedia.
  • Need to contact your government officials? Let Resist Bot and 5calls help you out.
  • 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.


Awards

The 2019 Lambda Literary Awards are accepting submissions through December 1. Yes, comics are eligible. There is an entry fee of $50 per book.

The Jhalak Prize is accepting written works by UK-based writers of color published in 2018 until December 15. The selected recipient will receive £1,000.

Bitch Media is accepting submissions of leaders from marginalized communities for their Bitch 50 Awards.


Recent Webcomic Debuts

Check out this list of 2017 Webcomic Debuts and find a new series to read!

Looking for more webcomics? Check out Michael Kinyon’s ongoing and ever-growing list of creators!


Crowdfunded Projects

bangbangboomCreators Melanie and Del are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the first volume of their webcomic Bang! Bang! BOOM! and its prequel novel in print. Bang! Bang! BOOM! follows the adventures and romantic relationship of a pair of gangsters fleeing from New York to Chicago in an alternate history version of Jazz Era America, in which magic exists and technology is advanced. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the graphic novel and novel prequel, buttons, charms, playing cards, prints, original artwork, and original prose. The Kickstarter ends on October 13.


leifandthornErin Ptah is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Leif & Thorn Volume 1. This will be a full-color collection of the fantasy comedy webcomic, about a dragon-slaying knight with PTSD and an embassy gardener falling in love across a language barrier (also: vampires, industrial accidents, magical girls, and time travel). Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, mini-prints, custom artwork, and comic cameos. The Kickstarter ends on October 17.


frankensteinEditor Allison O’Toole and Megan Purdy are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the anthology Called Into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein. The work of over 30 illustrators and writers are collected in this 100-page black-and-white book discussing the impact of Mary Shelley’s seminal science fiction masterpiece. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the zine and prints. The Kickstarter ends on October 18.


papercutBeehive Books is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish I WILL LIVE FOREVER: Papercraft Comics by Maëlle DoliveuxI WILL LIVE FOREVER is a collection of six all-new short stories crafted in paper linked thematically and structurally by the concepts of mortality, rebirth, memory, and the interconnectedness of all things. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, timelapse process videos, postcards, prints, enamel pins, bookplates, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on October 23.


hanadokikiraThe second volume of Hana Doki Kira is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. Contributing artists from the first volume and newcomers provided illustrations and comics based on the “doki doki” (heartbeat) moment of romantic love, often featured in the shoujo manga “genre” by which the editorial perspective is influenced. Tier options include digital and physical books, stationery, washi tape, postcards, notebooks, enamel pins, zipper pouches, and embroidered jackets. The Kickstarter ends on October 24.

circadiabutton_new3 Jenn Dugan is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce issues #3 and #4 of Circadia, with tiers include to “catch up” and get previous issues. Circadia is a queer fantasy/adventure/romance comics that follows Zara, a ballet dancer whose dreams begin to blur into her reality. Tier options include digital and physical copies of all available issues, stickers, enamel pins, behind the scenes PDFs, and original comic pages. The Kickstarter ends on October 31.


maidenmachinebutton_new3 Caitlin Like is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Maiden and the Machine Volume 1Maiden and the Machine is an ongoing gothic sci-fi romance webcomic that follows Elizabeth Watson, an orphaned young woman who, just before she is to be married, winds up working to rescue industrialist Victor Lovelace from sky pirates. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a book plate, and original sketch, and a PDF comic and sketchbook collection. The Kickstarter ends on October 31.


spookygirls

button_new3 Space Between Entertainment is currently raising funds on Kickstarter in order to produce Spooky Girls, a 60-page full-color comic. The book consists of four stories by five creators about growing up with “spooky girls” as the lead characters. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a signed bookplate, bookmarks, pins, and cards. The Kickstarter ends on October 31.


beahauntedbutton_new3 Bea, Haunted is currently raising funds on Kickstarter in order to fund its production. Bea, Haunted follows Bea, a young woman whose dreams of performing on stage are complicated when she begins to see ghosts. The book will consist of 100-120 full color comic pages to be completed in October 2019. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the finished book, prints, enamel pins, and more. The Kickstarter ends on November 2.


drawtheline

Draw the Line, a comics anthology addressing contemporary politics, is currently crowdfunding on Unbound. The 144-page hardback anthology featuring work by 114 artists encourages proactive responses to injustice and offers non-partisan guides for political actions and dissent. Tier options include digital and hardback copies of Draw the Line, prints, a bookplate, comics by David Blumenstein, commissions, and more. All proceeds following book production and shipping costs will be given to helprefugees.org.


konstantiniyyaReimena Yee is currently raising funds on Unbound to produce a hardcover edition of the first volume of her Eisner-nominated webcomic The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya. The Carpet Merchant is set in 17th-century Istanbul and centers a carpet merchant who must contend with his home, his relationships, and his faith after he is killed by a vampire. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Volume 1, bookmarks, an exclusive print by strangelykatie, postcards, an enamel pin, a signed bookplate, and a commission.

WitchingHour

The Emerging Artists Zine, Volume 1: The Witching Hour is currently raising funds on Indiegogo to cover its production costs and raise funds for Pencils for Promise. Every artist featured in the zine – which has over 35 contributors – has not been previously accepted into another zine. The final book will be softcover with over 60 pages of full color illustrations within. Tier options include the digital or physical version of the zine.


General

Did you or will you table in an artist alley in the US this year? Take the 2018 Artist Alley Convention Survey here. The results of the 2017 survey are available here.

The Comic Tea Party is a weekly book club for webcomics. Participate in the Discord chat weekly on Thursdays at 5pm to 7pm PST. Sign your comic up for a chance to have it read and discussed in the group!

Comic-Con is hosting a one-day symposium on Storytelling Across Media in Balboa Park, CA on November 3. Admission is free, but you must pre-register online before arriving.

Comics podcast Dirty Old Ladies is seeking a podcast editor.

(Montreal, QC) Drawn + Quarterly is seeking a publishing fellow to begin work in January for their 2019 winter program. Submit applications by October 15, 8am EST for consideration.

Lion Forge Comics is hiring a Social Media and Community Manager.

The Spare Change Program is offering two $25 fee sponsorships for Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ artists to cover the fees for calls for submissions and other application fees. Apply by October 25 to be considered for selection.


Animation

  • button_new3 (London, UK) Animade is seeking an EU citizen skilled in Cinema4D for a three-month paid internship.
  • (Greenwich, CT) Blue Sky Studios is seeking a temporary Animator, a BG Character Pipeline Lead, and a Storyboard Artist.
  • The Color Stylists of IATSE Local 839 ask for your support in seeking pay equity. Sign their petition to improve rates for color stylists in the animation industry.
  • (Burbank, CA) Cartoon Network Studios is seeking a Production Coordinator. They’ve also started a paid 12-week, full time storyboarding trainee program and are accepting applicants.
  • button_new3 (Kilkenny, Ireland) Cartoon Saloon is looking for a compositing supervisor, a 2D FX animator, and technical lead.
  • (Vancouver, BC) DHX has job openings for a 2D Character and Prop Designers, a 3D Lead Animator, a Flash Animation Revisionist, a Pipeline TD, a Senior Lighting Artist, a 2D Storyboard Artist, and more.
  • (Burbank, CA) Be sure to check Disney’s website for both creative and office positions with Disney!
  • (Glendale, CA) Dreamworks is hiring an Animator, an Animation TA, an Assistant Animatic Editor, a CFX Artist, a Feature Technical Director, and more.
  • Grace Fong shared this informative thread on working in the animation industry. Thank you Grace!
  • Laura Price shared tips for applying to animation studios.
  • (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is hiring a CG Generalist and Storyboard Artist. They’re also accepting applications for spring internships until November 1.
  • Pixomondo is seeking an Animator, a CG Supervisor, a Compositor, a Houdini FX Artist, a Pipeline TD, and a Senior Lighting Artist in Los Angeles, CA. They’re also seeking animators in Toronto, a Senior Lighting Artist in Vancouver, and more internationally.
  • (Vancouver, BC) Sony Imageworks is hiring Animators, Character FX Technical Directors, Compositors, FX Artists, Layout Artists, Lighters, Matte Painters, Modelers, and more.
  • Titmouse is looking for a line producer in New York, NY and a Production Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA. They’re also seeking a 2D animator, an animation editor, a background layout artist, a background painter, a line producer, a storyboard artist, and a lead designer in Vancouver, Canada.
  • The Tokyo Anime Award Festival is accepting entries through October 31 for Short Animation (30 minutes or shorter) and November 10 for Feature Animation (60 minutes or longer). Award recipients may receive up to 500,000 yen.
  • Toniko Pantoja made a video with tips on making a strong story portfolio for tv and feature animation.
  • (Toronto, Canada) Ubisoft is hiring artists, programmers, office workers, and more.
  • (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring a story artist.

Check this list of animation jobs worldwide that’s updated daily. You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.com. See Entertainment Careers for more listings.


Comics, Illustration, and More

  • button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Holiday Party, due October 12; and Skateboards, due October 19; and Poetry, through October 26.
  • Bedside Press is currently accepting submissions of true stories about comic conventions through October 14. Prose, comics, or previously published work are accepted, so long as the rights are held by the creator. Bedside Press is also seeking an artist to collaborate with writer Adrienne Kress and will accept portfolios until October 31.
  • Antenna’s Open Call is accepting applications from local Louisiana artists and artists nationwide and internationally located through October 15. The selected nonlocal artist will be awarded a solo show for the 2018 calendar year, given an honorarium of $1,000, paid shipping, paid travel to and from New Orleans for the install and opening of the exhibition, accommodations in Antenna’s residency space, and the publishing of an exhibition catalog, artist book, or similar work with Antenna’s publishing center, Paper Machine.
  • The Embracing Our Differences 2018 Art Contest is accepting submissions from artists at all career stages through October 15. Three prizes of $1000 each will be given to selected entrants, whose works will be featured in a gallery show in early 2019.
  • button_new3 (Georgia, USA) The Hudgens Center of Art and Learning is accepting entries from Georgian artists for the Hudgens prize through October 15. The grand prize recipient will receive $50,000 and a solo exhibition; four runners up will be exhibited in a group show and will receive a $1,500 stipend to cover exhibition fees. There is a $30 entry fee.
  • The iJungle 2018 Illustration Awards are accepting entries through October 15. The entry fee is between $20 single works and $40 for multiple works. All winning entrants will be exhibited in the 2018 iJungle Illustration Annual, a publication available for free online. Gold medalists will have e-magazines dedicated to their work and will be interviewed.
  • The Tapirulan Illustrator’s Contest is accepting illustrated submissions of the theme “Chaos” until October 20. Work must be between 25x25cm and 40x40cm; digital works must be 31x31cm exactly. The entry fee is 15 euros, and there is an opportunity to win up to 2,500 euros.
  • The United States Mint is seeking artists to join its Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) through October 29.
  • Grit City Comics is accepting submissions of comics featuring monsters from the public domain through October 30. Creators will be paid per page contributed according to funds raised via Kickstarter.
  • button_new3 POME Mag is seeking pitches on 3-7 page instructional comics on spells through October 31 for their ETERNAL WITCHCRAFT Anthology. POME Mag pays creative teams $50 per black and white comic page.
  • The PAVE 2018 Student Design Competition is accepting submissions from college-level students studying retail planning, design, visual merchandising, and branding programs. Submit by November 1 for a chance at cash prizes.
  • Frisson Comics is accepting submissions for their horror zine Knock Knock Issue 10 through November 12. Submissions may be written or visual and up to 4 pages long.
  • The Asian America Writers’ Workshop is seeking contributions to its upcoming anthology A WORLD WITHOUT CAGES discussing life in prisons, jails, and immigrant detention. Essays, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual storytelling are welcome through November 16. Acceptable submissions are not limited to Asian-Americans.
  • Antenna is accepting unpublished comics and Guidebooks focused on some aspect of New Orleans at any stage of completion through November 30. There is a submission fee of $20. Artists of selected comics will receive an honorarium of $500, 50 printed copies, and royalties of $1/book should it be reprinted.
  • Moonlight: A Queer Werewolf Anthology is accepting pitches from comic creators and writers through November 30.
  • The Nib’s upcoming quarterly magazine is seeking pitches for the issue on “Scams” by November 30.
  • The Votes for Women anthology is accepting portfolio submissions from “creators who identify as female and have been affected by [the 19th amendment]” through November 30.
  • The Palos Verdes Art Center in Los Angeles, CA is seeking proposals from artists for its 2019 building wrap exhibition by December 1. The selected artist will receive $5000 and will be featured in the gallery.
  • Queerly Represent Me is accepting submissions for their annual zine “Represent” by December 31.
  • Girls Drawin’ Girls is accepting membership applications until January 2, 2019.
  • Lilies Anthology is accepting submissions to their 7th volume “Lily Bulb” through January 22, 2019. The theme of the anthology will be the environment and should represent female/lesbian romance, relationships, and/or sexuality.

  • button_new3 Alisha and Mamath are seeking pitches from Australian people of color for an upcoming anthology with the theme “futurescape.”
  • Argot Magazine is seeking written and illustrated submissions about queer and marginalized experiences. Their payment ranges from $35 to $250 per piece.
  • Arsenika is accepting portfolio submissions for cover work and pays $100 for reprint artwork.
  • The Asexual is accepting general submissions from marginalized voices in the queer community.
  • Asexual Artists is always seeking creative asexual interviewees.
  • The Brave Some is seeking submissions of short stories, prose, essays, reviews, and visual art by black and/or brown women and femmes.
  • New publisher Bulgihan Press is seeking to publish short self-contained comics of 20-40 pages by solo creators.
  • Carnation Books is accepting submissions of queer genre fiction and welcomes fanfiction writers seeking to transition into publishing original writing content. They are actively seeking submissions with asexual or aromantic main characters. They are also seeking cover artists and plot and style editors.
  • ComicsMNT is seeking pitches for features. They are also seeking to interview comic artists on their process.
  • Stephanie Cooke is actively connecting comic creators of all types for paid projects. Check out Creator Advisor for more information.
  • The Doubleclicks are seeking nonbinary artists, animators, and filmmakers for paid contributions to their upcoming music video.
  • Literary Agency Full Circle Literary is now accepting submissions from writers and illustrators.
  • button_new3 FIYAH Lit Mag is seeking Black comic creators to feature in its 2019 issues.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • (Chicago, IL) Jackbox Games is seeking a lead artist.
  • Jerry’s Art-A-Rama hosts a number of art contests, some ongoing and some requiring specific materials.
  • Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
  • Longreads is accepting portfolio submissions from illustrators.
  • Lore Lush Publishing is seeking Cover Artists.
  • You can send samples of your work along with pitches to thenib@firstlook.org to be considered by The Nib.
  • The New Southern Fugitives is seeking submissions of fiction, book reviews, essays, poetry, photography, and visual art from creators in the South. They pay $60 per book review, essay, or story and $25 per poem, photograph, or visual art.
  • Pink Narcissus Press is seeking cover artwork for SF/F speculative fiction. They pay $100-$200 for nonexclusive rights.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • Robot Dinosaur Games is accepting artwork submissions for its upcoming anthology. They will pay $75 per piece.
  • (New York, NY) Scholastic Corporation is seeking a Senior Editor to join their imprint Graphix to work on graphic novels for elementary and middle grade readers.
  • The Webcomic Library is a new resource that hopes to serve as a comprehensive list of webcomics. Submit your webcomic using this form.
  • Are a fan of webcomics? The Webcomic Whisperer is looking for guest posts!
  • ZEAL is accepting pitches on comics, games, and pop culture, as well as comics and hybrid multimedia work.
  • Zine-O-Matic, a zine subscription service, is open for zine submissions!

Check out Arts for LA, Call for Entry, College Art OpportunitiesGraphic Competitions, or Hey, Art Friends for more exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities. See Find Anthologies for a list of anthologies with open submissions and to submit anthologies of your own. Check Chris Arrant’s #ComicJobs hashtag on Twitter. Check Comic Ops to see opportunities specifically for comic creators. Zine Submissions and Zine Scene have great lists of zines, too!


Conventions and Events

Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including GeekGirlCon, the World Fantasy Convention, the Nebula Conference, and more.

  • The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2 (March 22 – 24), is accepting applications for its artist alley through November 9.
  • ClexaCon (April 11-15) is currently accepting applications from artists and exhibitors. If you can’t afford a ticket and/or travel costs, apply for the Clexacon Scholarship Fund.
  • The Prairie Comics Festival is accepting applications for exhibitors until December 1. It is free to table at and attend.
  • TCAF is accepting applications to its 2019 show (May 11 – 12) through today, October 12.

Here’s a list of international zine fests brought to you by ZINES!


Designers

  • The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is seeking design proposals for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Mascot and the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Mascot from October 20 to October 31. 10 finalists will receive a cash prize of 10,000 yuan, the top three designs will receive 30,000 yuan, and the grand prize winner will receive 100,000 yuan.
  • (San Francisco, CA) Chronicle Books is seeking a Designer and an Associate Design Director.
  • Comics MNT is seeking design assistance with newsletter and PDF layout.
  • (Glendale, CA) Disney Corporate Creative Resources is seeking a Graphic Designer.
  • (Redwood City, CA) Klutz is seeking a Designer.
  • Knovva Academy is looking for freelance graphic designer that specializes in document layouts (information organization) and icon designs.
  • (New York, NY) Marvel Entertainment is seeking an Interactive Designer.
  • (New York, NY) Public Art Fund is seeking a full-time Graphic Designer.
  • SmackJeeves is hiring template designers (on a contract basis), UI/UX designers, and full-stack web developers.
  • (San Francisco, CA) Viz Media is seeking a Designer and a Prepress & Production Specialist.

Fan Zines

Looking for more fan zines to submit to? Check out ZineAppCalls or this incredible spreadsheet created by magicalzombie for more!

Have a finished zine project you want to advertise? Check out Zine RTer!


Mentorships & Fellowships

  • The Tiptree Fellowships are accepting applications from creators who explore gender through speculative narrative through October 31. Recipients will receive $500.
  • The We Need Diverse Books mentorship is accepting applications through October 31.
  • The Representation Matters Mentorship Program is accepting applications on a rolling basis from self-identified people of color interested in the publishing industry. Mentorships will last 6 months, with a minimum of one session every two months.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • The Art Studios program at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY is accepting applications for its Residency program and Fellowship through October 15.  Residents will receive an honorarium of $125 per day  and will work one day each week over a 6-month period. Fellows will work 40 hours/week and will receive an honorarium of $15,000.
  • The CAAF Residency in Calgary, Alberta is accepting applications through October 22. Selected artists will be paid $700/month following the conclusion of the residency.
  • The Customs House in Brenton, Nova Scotia is seeking seven craft artists in residence.

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


Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • Artist Grant is accepting applications for their quarterly $500 grant through October 15. There is a $25 fee.
  • Arte Público Press is seeking bilingual (Spanish/English) children’s book manuscripts to be considered for the inaugural Salinas de Alba Award for Latino Children’s Literature. Recipients will be published, receive royalties, and will be awarded $5000. Submit your work by December 31 for consideration.
  • Koyama Press is accepting applications for OAC’s Recommender Grant for Writers until January 16, 2019. Applicants must be in Ontario and may receive between $1,500 and $5,000.

  • A number of micro grants are available for marginalized writers.
  • The Awesome Foundation offers $1000 grants on a rolling basis.
  • Melanie Gillman shared this list of Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies for Cartoonists! Thanks, Melanie!
  • Canadian artists and cultural connectors are welcome to apply for grant funds through the Professional Development for Arts Professionals of Supporting Artistic Practice. Details on how and when you can apply are available on the page.
  • 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.
  • The Spare Change Grant Program offers one grant of $25 each month to a person of color and/or gender minority to be used for covering application costs for residencies and calls for submissions. Apply by the 25th of each month for a chance at the award.
  • Springboard for the arts offers an Emergency Relief Fund for personal and community disasters that affect artists in Minnesota.

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


Teaching

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

Check the Casting Call Club and Voice Acting Space for more voice acting and audio opportunities.


Writing and Editing

  • Bedside Press is currently accepting submissions of true stories about comic conventions through October 14. Prose, comics, or previously published work are accepted, so long as the rights are held by the creator. Bedside Press is also seeking an artist to collaborate with writer Adrienne Kress and will accept portfolios until October 31.
  • The Bell Prize is accepting 800 word essays on conservation from writers 18-25 through October 15. The winning essayist will receive a $350 gift card to Mountainsmith and be published in High Country News.
  • Audio drama The Strange Case of Starship Iris is seeking writers preferably based in Chicago to help develop the season 2 storyline. Writers will receive $60 per episode. Applications are due buy October 15.
  • The next #DVPit event on Twitter will take place on October 16 for kids/YA projects and on October 17 for adult projects. Find out more at dvpit.com.
  • button_new3 Brain Mill Press is seeking submissions of essays and poetry on the subject of anger from femme writers, writers of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, First Nations writers, and disabled writers through October 19.
  • button_new3 EFNIKS is seeking proposals for its upcoming December issue on “diaspora” through October 21.
  • FIYAH Literary Magazine is accepting submissions through October 31. The theme is open, but submitted works must have speculative elements.
  • WisCon Chronicles Volume 12: LGBTQ+ Identities is accepting submissions of written work between 1000 and 4000 words through November 5.
  • Frisson Comics is accepting submissions for their horror zine Knock Knock Issue 10 through November 12. Submissions may be written or visual and up to 4 pages long.
  • The Asian America Writers’ Workshop is seeking contributions to its upcoming anthology A WORLD WITHOUT CAGES discussing life in prisons, jails, and immigrant detention. Essays, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual storytelling are welcome through November 16. Acceptable submissions are not limited to Asian-Americans.
  • Antenna is accepting submissions of chapbooks that “investigate the intersections and collaborative possibilities between literature and art (defined and interpreted broadly)” through November 30. There is a $20 submission fee. Writers of selected works will receive $500 and 50 copies of the book.
  • Bitch Media is accepting submissions of “reportage, analysis, and commentary that looks at where the multiple meanings of “broke” reside” through November 30.
  • Moonlight: A Queer Werewolf Anthology is accepting pitches from comic creators and writers through November 30.
  • Ninestar Press is seeking LGBTQA+ romance fiction and genre fiction novels with the theme of “Deal with the Devil” through November 30.
  • Transition Magazine is seeking papers on black women and superheroes through November 30. They offer a single physical copy of the magazine as payment.
  • button_new3 Interlude Press is seeking LGBTQ+ YA fiction of 7,500-15,000 words through December 1. They are also seeking longer LGBTQ+ young adult fiction and adult fiction.
  • Kokila is seeking submissions from unagented authors and illustrators through December 1.
  • Queerly Represent Me is accepting submissions for their annual zine “Represent” by December 31.

  • Amendo is accepting story pitches on topics such as self-discovery, community, and attaining financial stability. They offer an undisclosed pay.
  • The American Greetings Alternative Writing Studio is accepting applications for freelance card writers.
  • Anathema is seeking fiction and nonfiction from queer nonwhite writers.
  • Anime Feminist is looking for contributors in the upcoming year. Read here for more information. Article writers will generally be paid $50 per article.
  • Anime News Network is looking for Freelance Editorial Contributors and Convention Correspondents.
  • Argot Magazine is seeking written and illustrated submissions about queer and marginalized experiences. Their payment ranges from $35 to $250 per piece.
  • Arsenika is accepting previously unpublished fiction and poetry up to 1000 words. Payment is $60 for fiction and $30 for poetry.
  • The Asexual is currently accepting pitches for A(gender): An Anthology through October 20; Essays on Asexual History through November 1; and Volume 2, Issue 4: Thinking Attraction until December 10;
  • The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is accepting creative nonfiction, cultural criticism, and essay submissions for their magazine The Margins.
  • Autostraddle is seeking article submissions on “contemporary LGBTQ herstory,” personal essays, feature stories, 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.
  • Black Girls Create is looking for submissions of creative work from black creators showing what their time at Hogwarts would’ve looked like! They are also seeking black women creators and pop culture critique and commentary from black women creators.
  • The Blend at Hello Giggles is seeking essay and interview pitches, particularly involving “mixed” or intersecting identities. They now have a pitch guide!
  • Book ‘N Pieces Magazine is accepting fiction submissions. Writers of previously unpublished stories over 2500 words receive $100, and writers with stories under 2500 words or previously published receive $50.
  • The Brave Some is seeking submissions of short stories, prose, essays, reviews, and visual art by creators who identify as black and/or brown women and femmes.
  • Bustle is accepting pitches and set up guidelines for how to pitch to them.
  • Carina Press is open for submissions, especially romances featuring a plus-sized protagonist, where being plus-sized is not their defining characteristic, or cozies with a hint of the paranormal. They also have an ongoing open call for male/male romantic suspense.
  • Carnation Books is accepting submissions of queer genre fiction and welcomes fanfiction writers seeking to transition into publishing their original writing content. They are actively seeking submissions with asexual or aromantic main characters. They are also seeking cover artists and plot and style editors.
  • CBR is seeking experienced writers to write on comic book news, analyses, and movie and tv show casting news.
  • Choice of Games is hiring writers for their new line of interactive romance games.
  • (San Francisco, CA) Chronicle Books is seeking a Senior Editor and a Managing Editor.
  • Clarksworld Magazine is looking for nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
  • Comicbook.com is seeking writers.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Dey Street Books is seeking an Executive Editor.
  • (Glendale or Emeryville, CA) Disney Publishing Worldwide is seeking an Editor with experience in Children’s Publishing on a project-by-project basis.
  • Twitter pitch event #DVPit is hosting a #PreDV event on October 3 from 8AM to 8PM EST. Receive critiques and feedback before the official #DVPit later in September!
  • Geeks of Color is looking for news reporters, writers, and music bloggers.
  • GenderIT.org is seeking articles, comics, podcasts, and English-language videos on online violence, harassment, privacy, security, sexuality, intersectionality, movements, campaigns online, and internet for feminism. They pay $0.12/word.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • Interlude Press is seeking submissions of fiction of all genres featuring LGBTQ characters.
  • (New York, NY) Scholastic Corporation is seeking a Senior Editor to join their imprint Graphix to work on graphic novels for elementary and middle grade readers.
  • Latinx Publishing is seeking more mentors for its 2018 Writer/Mentor program.
  • Lillium Publishing is accepting fiction manuscripts, either for standalone books or series.
  • (NSFW!) Liquid Silver Publishing is seeking short romantic fiction between 8000 and 25,000 words.
  • Literary Agency Full Circle Literary is now accepting submissions from writers and illustrators.
  • Longreads is seeking pitches for personal essays, interviews, reading lists, and more.
  • Lore Lush Publishing is accepting manuscript submissions in a number of genres. Diverse and inclusive works are prioritized. They’re also hiring Editors, a Publishing Assistant, and a Publicist.
  • Native Ink Press is seeking submissions of nonfiction prose and children’s books.
  • The New Southern Fugitives is seeking submissions of fiction, book reviews, essays, poetry, photography, and visual art from creators in the South.
  • NineStar Press is seeking submissions of romance, erotica, and literary novels.
  • Panel Patter is looking for contributors, particularly from writers interested in manga and webcomics!
  • (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking an Editor or a Senior Editor to acquire and edit fiction.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • Radish Fiction, a mobile app for serial fiction, is hiring freelance writers and ghostwriters for twenty 1500-word chapters of serialized romance, YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and/or other genres.
  • Reckoning is accepting submissions of creative writing (fiction or nonfiction) about environmental justice for its third issue.
  • (New York, NY) Scholastic is seeking an Editor of Licensed Publishing, Media, and Brands.
  • (New York, NY) Simon Spotlight is seeking an Editor.
  • (Washington D.C.) The Smithsonian is seeking a Digital Editorial Assistant.
  • Three-Lobed Burning Eye is seeking original speculative short stories and flash fiction for their Fall issue. Accepted authors of short stories will receive $100 and for flash fiction authors will receive $30.
  • Videodame is seeking contributors for their monthly guest residency. Contributors will be paid $50 for 1-4 pieces about or inspired by games and gaming culture.
  • Are a fan of webcomics? The Webcomic Whisperer is looking for guest posts!
  • ZEAL is accepting pitches on comics, games, and pop culture, as well as comics and hybrid multimedia work.
  • Zooscape is accepting submissions of furry fiction up to 10,000 words. They pay 6 cents per word up to 1000 words, $60 for longer stories, and $20 for reprints.

Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!


Youth & Internships

  • Abrams Books is seeking interns in Trade Marketing and Creative Design.
  • button_new3 Beacon Press is offering internships for people of color in Publicity, Editorial, Book Production, Marketing, Design, and Digital & Social Media.
  • Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
  • The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations is accepting submissions from artists ages 5-19 for the World Food Day 2018 Poster Contest through November 9. Create a poster that illustrates the idea of “Zero Hunger” for a chance to win a Certificate of Recognition, a gift bag, and the opportunity to be featured in an exhibit.
  • (San Diego, CA) IDW is seeking interns in Editorial and Marketing.
  • (Portland, OR) Miss Anthology is accepting sign-ups for their upcoming free winter classes. Artists aged 9 to 18 are welcome to apply.
  • 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) Nickelodeon is accepting applications for internships for Spring 2019 through November 1.
  • (Philadelphia, PA) Quirk Books is seeking a paid Publicity and Marketing intern.

Resources

  • The 2018 Artist Alley Convention Survey is open for responses! Here are past survey results. Find out which conventions were rated highest by engagement, sales, amenities, and other information, all in easy-to-understand charts and simply written information. Thank you Kiriska for putting this together!
  • button_new3 Becca Hillburn of Nattosoup shared a post on Adding Details and Finishing Touches with watercolors. Winners of 2018 NATTO Scholarship were also announced! She also shared a list of Recommending Reading for Comic Artists. Be sure to check Becca’s Youtube channel for new video interviews with independent artists, walkthroughs with dip pen nibs, tutorials, and more.
  • Have you checked out the Creator Advisor? Initialized and run by Stephanie Cooke,  the project aims to connect artists, writers, editors, and anyone involved in making comics together for paid projects, with an aim to prioritize marginalized creators. Talk about amazing!! Please look into it and consider contributing to their Patreon.
  • Creator Resource aims to share resources for comic book creators, writers, and editors. Check it out!
  • Sign up for Draw This to receive free reference photos in your email each week. Join the free life drawing livestream every Friday at 4PM PST!
  • Artist E.Hanby opened a blog sharing Clip Studio Paint tips!
  • Erin Roseberry shared some great info on getting your work into your local library! Thanks, Erin!
  • Fai wrote a comprehensive Zine Organizing Guide. Thanks, Fai!
  • Hannako shared information on American-made enamel pin manufacturers.
  • Spike shared a thread of suggestions for those who want to work for themselves (creatively).
  • Kyle T. Webster and Adobe shared new brushes just for this year’s Inktober! You can also find other brushes by Kyle on Adobe’s website. Apparently they work on older, non-CC versions of Photoshop. Test it out and see if it can work for you!
  • Liz Kramer shared this comprehensive list of artist resources in a Twitter moment! Thank you Liz!
  • button_new3 The Finnish Comic Society shared this free PDF about Making Money from Webcomics!
  • button_new3 Nate Peikos of Blambot shared advice on layering and placement of speech bubbles in comic conversation.
  • Nilah Magruder created (and recently updated) this awesome list of literary agents who represent illustrators. Niki Smith also has a list of agents who represent creators of graphic novels. Thank you Nilah and Niki!
  • If you use Photoshop, easily see what colors won’t work in CMYK by entering “command” + “Shift” + “Y” while the color picker is open.
  • Porforever shared this free brush set for Clip Studio Paint! They have more pay-what-you-want brush sets, too!
  • Ever had your work stolen? RitheGuardian created a free DMCA takedown template!
  • Shay shared these great tips on selecting zines to participate in (I follow these too!). They also created this incredible spreadsheet for zine templates… wow! Thank you, Shay!
  • Strangely Katie shared this great list of ways to develop a creative project outside of drawing or otherwise directly making! Thanks, Katie!
  • The Toronto Comics Anthology shared their process for organizing anthology projects.
  • Yoshi Yoshitani shared a great thread on pricing commissions!

Deals

  • Every Monday, Barnes and Noble offers deals on manga.
  • Barnes and Noble is having a sale on Kodansha manga – buy 2, get one free. The deal ends on October 29.
  • Daiya Manga lists great deals for manga and anime!

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


Giveaways

  • Book Riot has frequent book giveaways.
  • Goodreads constantly offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres. Check out these giveaways for comics and graphic novels, like this one for Flawed by Andrea Dorfman and Zo Zo Zombie by Yasunari Nagatoshi.
  • button_new3 Seven Seas has a survey for October. Fill out the survey to be entered into a raffle to win a copy of any book Seven Seas has published so far in 2018!
  • Sparkler Monthly is hosting a survey for June. Fill it out for a chance to win a Sparkler paperback of your choice!
  • Witching Hour: The Emerging Artists Zine, Volume 1 is giving away a digital copy of their book this month! Retweet by October 28 for a chance to win.
  • It’s not a “true” giveaway, but: The Comic Con Museum is accepting donations starting at $10 and in exchange is offering the chance to win yourself and a friend 4-day passes to San Diego Comic-Con with preview night, reserved seating in Hall H, and complimentary travel and stay. Donate by October 18 for a chance to win.


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 – October 5, 2018

 

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