Weekly Roundup – March 22, 2019

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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

  • If you follow Paper Cat Press on WordPress, the emails you receive when I post may wind up in your Spam folders, even if you check the emails every week. Be sure to check, and mark as “Not Spam”! I will create a new mailing list in April that will hopefully address this.
  • button_new3 Patreon announced that in May, they will change how their payment fees are structured. Artists recommend signing up now so you can be grandfathered into Patreon’s current rate, which currently claims 5% of all pledges made to your account.
  • On April 4, Gumroad creators will take 100% of their profits and there will be no fees charged.
  • 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.

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

A2CAF is accepting nominations for its Kids’ Comics Awards until April 1.

You can vote for the Locus Awards until April 15.

The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity is accepting applications from US libraries and staff who overcome adversity and create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. A $10,000 cash award will be given to a US library, and four runners-up will receive $1,000 in Penguin Random House books.

The Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards is accepting submissions of works of horror created by women (cis or trans) until December 31. The awards will be announced in 2020.

Crowdfunded Projects


witchinghoursCloudscape Comics is currently raising funds to produce The Witching Hour, a duotone comic anthology by women and nonbinary contributors from Western Canada. The book features 11 stories of different genres that reflect upon the definition of what a witch can be. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, an enamel pin, a bookplate, and other comics from Cloudscape. The Kickstarter ends on March 24.


dates3Margins Publishing is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction (Volume 3). Like the other books in the Dates! series, every story has queer main characters in situations before 1965 with no tragic endings; however, this book’s theme is “adventure.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, postcards, past Dates! books, other titles from Margins Publishing, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on March 28.


commonbondsThe Common Bonds Anthology is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its upcoming anthology. The book collects speculative short stories and poetry featuring aromantic characters, and even has submissions open now. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a postcard, and additional ebooks from the four editors. The Kickstarter ends on March 31.



eternalwPOMEgranate Magazine is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Eternal Witchcraft – A Comics Spellbook. The comics anthology features over 21 contributors and over 200 pages of instructional witchy comics. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a mobile background and POMEgranate Magazine’s previous comic anthology Group Chat. The Kickstarter ends on March 31.


whiteKwanza Osajyefo of Black Mask Studios is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce WHITE, the sequel to critically acclaimed series BLACK. The series follows Kareem Jenkins, now known as X, as he serves as a symbolic leader in the resistance against President Theodore Mann. The series asks: how does a nation struggling with racial inequality cope in a world where only black people have superpowers? Tier options include a subscription to blacksuperpower.com and unlimited access to the WHITE comic, single issues with retail and variant covers, the paperback graphic novel, the graphic novel BLACK, and more. The Kickstarter ends on March 31.


loveshoreGame studio Perfect Garbage is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Love Shore: A Queer Visual Sci-Fi Novel. In a future where infertility has led to the growth of cyborgs as a vehicle for human survival, the protagonists must answer questions of identity while also dealing with drama and violence. Love Shore features two playable protagonists, four romanceable options (each with their own storylines), and an entirely LGBT+ cast. Tier options include the game itself, the game soundtrack, an art book, a post card, a t-shirt, a personalized sprite, and more. The Kickstarter ends on April 3.


rotwphoenixLisa LaRose is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish Rise of the White Phoenix: Book 1. This first book follows Luisa, a young girl who wants to be a luchadora, and includes 52 full-color comic pages. Tier options include the book, stickers, a keychain, a print, and a hand-drawn sketch by Lisa. The Kickstarter ends on April 4.


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button_new3 Fatventure Mag is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its second volume. Continuing its mission of “focusing on active lifestyles beyond the boundaries of weight-loss culture,” Fatventure Mag Volume 2 features writers and artists whose work features the theme of “home.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of Fatventure Volume 2, a physical copy of Fatventure Volume 1, stickers, patches, an enamel pin, and ad space. The Kickstarter ends on April 7.

strangewaters2button_new3 Haunted Cosmos is currently running a relaunch campaign to fund Strange Waters: A Queer Fantasy Comic Anthology. The anthology will feature about 160 pages of black and white queer, water-themed comics by queer contributors. Tier options include physical and digital copies of the book, stickers, postcards, a bookplate, postcards, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on April 14. (Disclosure: I am a contributor to this anthology.)

General

Hiveworks is seeking a Social Media Manager.

The Comics Studies Society is accepting nominations for Executive Board positions.

Sakura-Con is hiring Japanese-speaking Guest Relations to assist their Japanese guests of honor.

The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!

Did you or will you table in an artist alley in the US in 2019? Take the 2019 Artist Alley Convention Survey here. The results of the 2018 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!


Animation

  • button_new3 (Burbank, CA) The Animation Guild (Local 839) is hosting an in-person portfolio review event for students, recent grads, and union members on May 19.
  • (Greenwich, CT) Blue Sky Studios is seeking a temporary animator, a temporary compositor, and a temp Crowd Simulator TD. They’re also seeking summer interns in animation, character, character simulation, crowds, effects, lighting/compositing, story, vis dev, and more.
  • (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking an Assistant Editor, CG Modellers and Texture Artists, a Clean-Up Storyboard Artist, a Development Artist, an FX TD, a Lighting TD/Compositor, a Maya Character Animator, a Rigger, a Speculative Script Writer, a Toon Boom Harmony Compositor, a Toon Boom Harmony Effects Animator, and more.
  • Cartoon Network is seeking a Production Assistant.
  • (Vancouver, BC) DHX has job openings for a 2D BG Builds Supervisor, a 2D Harmony Animator, a Lead Designer, 3Da Harmony Animation Supervisor, Production Coordinator (Design/Assets), and more.
  • DICE LA is seeking a Lead Character Artist a Graphics Engineer, and more.
  • (Burbank, CA) Disney TV Animation is hiring a Color Designer, Sheet Timer, and a Storyboard Artist. Be sure to check Disney’s website for both creative and office positions with Disney!
  • (Glendale, CA) DreamWorks is hiring an Artist RecruiterAssistant Animatic Editor, Character Designer, Feature Technical Director, Lead Effects Artist, Modeler,  a Previs/Rough Layout Artist, a Production Assistant, a Production Coordinator, and more. They’re also hiring a Production Intern and a Feature Training Intern.
  • (London, UK) The Line Studio is hiring animators, production designers, and producers for 3-month positions until April 15.
  • button_new3 Matthew shared this look into some of the different roles in animation.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) Netflix Animation is hiring an Animatic Editor, an Art Director, a Background Designer, a Background Painter, a Character Designer, a Head of Story, a Line Producer, Production Coordinators, Production Managers, a Prop Designer, and Storyboard Artists.
  • (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is hiring an Asset Production Coordinator, Character Technical Director/Rigger, CG Animation Director, Character Designer, a Production Coordinator, a Post-Production Supervisor, and a VP of Digital Content.
  • 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 an Associate Producer, Character Designer, an Episodic Director, a Line Producer, a Production Coordinator, a Storyboard Artist, and artist and production interns in Los Angeles, CA. In New York, they’re seeking a 2D Animator and artist and production interns for summer. They’re also seeking a 2D animator, a background layout artist, a background painter, compositors, a line producer, and a prop designer in Vancouver, Canada.
  • (Toronto, Canada) Ubisoft is hiring artists, programmers, office workers, and more.
  • (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring an animator, a character TD, a crowds artist, an effects artist, an environment designer, an environment modeler, lighting artists, and a story artist. They’re also seeking interns in CG Art, Story Art, and Visual Development Art.

Check this list of animation and gaming 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: Happy Hour, due March 29.
  • Mei Lian Hoe is accepting submissions for the Cryptids in Close Quarters zine until March 22. The zine is not set to have a print run, and contributors will receive a digital file that they can print.
  • ComixCentral is accepting 1-12 page all-ages comics with the theme “family” for an anthology until March 31. Contributors will be compensated with 3 printed books per page of comics they produce.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is now accepting entries for its 11th competition through March 31. Submit text-free comics of 31 pages or less with the theme “Promise” for a chance to win cash prizes, professional feedback, and editorial support.
  • The Webcomic Almanac 2.0 is accepting submissions until April 6. The charity art zine is for webcomic creators to submit new artwork promoting their series.
  • The Ribbit! Zine is accepting submissions until April 8. The zine is for charity, and contributors are not paid, but will receive a copy of the zine.
  • button_new3 Clip Studio Paint’s 19th International Illustration Contest is accepting submissions with the theme “fruit” until April 10.
  • MediBang Paint is accepting entries to their Medi-chan Summer Fashion Dress-Up Contest until April 26. Using Medi-chan’s character template and design a new outfit for her for a chance to win up to ¥30,000. They’re also hosting the MCPO (Manga Contents Promote Organization) Awards and accepting entries until May 7. You can submit Illustrations with the theme “Journey” or Manga with an open theme. Winners may be awarded up to ¥200,000 and an invitation to an award ceremony.
  • Clip Studio Paint is accepting submissions of illustrations and comics with the theme “gift” from students until May 9.
  • Dirty Diamonds is seeking contributors for its tenth and final issue with the theme “Death” until May 31. According to their submissions page, “Dirty Diamonds is an all-girl anthology, meaning we are all-inclusive. If you are female/femme, we want your comics.”


  • 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 reprint 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.
  • Daily comics news blog The Beat is hiring a Managing Editor.
  • 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.
  • Chris Williams is seeking a new artist to draw 4-panel comics once a week for the manga-style webcomic Scurry & Cover. Contact Chris at yoreanon-chrisw@yahoo.co.jp for more information.
  • ComicsMNT is “seeking a few short (500-750) pieces about comics from female and NB writers to run in the months of April and May.” 
  • Stephanie Cooke is actively connecting comic creators of all types for paid projects. Check out Creator Advisor for more information.
  • Cricket Media is seeking writers and illustrators for upcoming features and articles in their various children’s magazines.
  • button_new3 (Pittsburgh, PA) Duolingo is seeking an Illustrator and a Senior Illustrator.
  • button_new3 (Atlanta, GA) Emmett will be taking on one or two apprentices this summer from June to July. Read this thread for more details.
  • 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.
  • Jerry’s Art-A-Rama hosts a number of art contests, some ongoing and some requiring specific materials. Currently, the 7th Annual Self Portrait Contest is accepting submissions, and 33 winners will receive between $25 and $2,000.
  • (New York, NY) Kodansha Comics is seeking a Managing Editor.
  • 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.
  • Lucky Pocket Press, a risograph press and artist collective making zines and objects that feel lucky and warm, is seeking artists to collaborate with. 
  • Narratively is seeking submissions of writing, photography, and illustrations.
  • Natashane is accepting entries from asexual creators or creators of comics with asexual characters for a directory of Asexual Comics that they’ve created.
  • 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.
  • Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing Indigenous material in all genres and at all levels. No other unsolicited submissions are being accepted at this time.
  • The Webcomic Library is a new resource that hopes to serve as a comprehensive list of webcomics. Submit your webcomic using this form.


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.


Conventions and Events

Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including NorWesCon, the Locus Awards weekend, the Nebula Conference, and more.

  • The ALA Annual Conference (June 20-25) in Washington, D.C. will provide exhibitor space in exchange for original artwork to be sold in the Silent Auction, or tables can be purchased for $200 each. Applications are due March 31.
  • Big Easy Con (June 1-2) is currently accepting applications from exhibitors.
  • Flame Con’s (August 17-18) press applications are open, as are applications to be a FlameCon featured cosplayer.
  • GeekGirlCon’s (November 16-17) artist alley applications are now open!
  • Artist Submissions are open for the Gender Unbound Fest (September 2) until April 28.
  • Love in Panels is hosting RomBlogCon: A Virtual Conference for Romance Bloggers on April 13 and 14.
  • MCX (the Mississauga Comic Expo) is accepting applications for its exhibitor spaces until May 20.
  • New York Comic Con is accepting applications for its artist alley until May 14.
  • The Scholarship from Hell is accepting applications until today, March 15. Recipients will receive domestic coach airfare to and from the StokerCon venue, a 4-night stay at the convention, free registration to StokerCon , and placement in Horror University, multiple workshops.
  • TCAF is accepting applications for placement in its Zineland Terrace until March 29.

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


Designers

  • Roll20 is seeking a Graphic Designer.
  • (New York, NY) Orbit is seeking a Marketing Graphic Designer.
  • (Oxford, UK) The Phoenix Comic is seeking a full-time designer.
  • (New York City, NY) People of Color in Publishing is hosting a Diversity in Design Workshop and Portfolio Review on March 25.
  • (New York, NY) Simon & Schuster is hiring a Book Cover Designer.
  • (New York, NY) Skyhorse Publishing is seeking a Designer.
  • (San Francisco, CA) Viz Media is seeking a Designer.

Fan Zines

  • button_new3 The Super Smash Bros Art and Cosplay Zine is accepting applications from artists and cosplayers until March 29. Profits will be split evenly amongst contributors, with the organizers receiving 10% of profits.

Looking for more fan zines to submit to? Check out this spreadsheet created by magicalzombie for more! Have a finished zine project you want to advertise? Check out Zine RTer!


Games

  • (Irvine, CA) Game studio Nexon is currently hiring artists, designers, and programmers. They’re also seeking localizers for contract work in El Segundo.
  • (London, UK) Roll7 is seeking a Lead Programmer, a Lead Artist, and Admin/Assistant Intern. Employees work from home 9 days out of 10.
  • (London, UK) Supersolid Games is seeking a 3D Artist, a Data Analyst, an Office and CCS Assistant, a Marketing Artist, a Senior Game Artist (2D), a Senior 3D Artist, and a Server Developer.
  • WB Games is seeking gamers in Montreal, San Francisco, and Seattle to test games currently in development.

Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide that’s updated daily.


Mentorships & Fellowships

  • The Word: A Storytelling Sanctuary is accepting applications for its 2019 Editor-Writer Mentorship until March 31. Four writers from underrepresented groups will be paired with an editor who will provide substantive edits.
  • The Representation Matters Mentorship Program is accepting applications from self-identified people of color interested in the publishing industry until April 1. Mentorships will last 6 months, with a minimum of one session every two months.
  • button_new3 (San Francisco, CA) Chronicle Books is offering four one-year paid with benefits Editorial Fellowships and is accepting resumes and cover letters until April 12. Apply here for consideration.
  • The Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellowship in Children’s Literature is accepting applications from People of Color and Indigenous authors or illustrators who are actively pursuing publication within the children’s publishing industry until April 15.
  • Writing by Writers is offering fellowships to Esalen Writer’s Camp in Big Sur, CA until April 15. Emerging writers of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome to apply.


Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • (Cambridge, MA) The Industry Lab Artist Residency is accepting applications from local artists until March 29. The location of the residency is not ADA-accessible.
  • (Portland, OR) Tin House’s Summer Workshop is currently accepting applications for its July 7-14 event. General applications are due by April 7.
  • (New York, NY) The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling is seeking an artist-in-residence for 2019-2020 and accepting applications until April 15. The selected artist will be granted a non-living studio, $7,000 honorarium, and the possibility of earning additional income by leading workshops with museum patrons.
  • The Jack Jones Retreat is accepting applications for its third annual retreat until March 31. 16 fellowships are available to applicants.

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


Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • The Spare Change Grant Program is accepting applications from Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ artists to use for the cost of residency and open-call application fees until March 25.
  • The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award is accepting submissions until April 1. $1,000 will be granted to a picture book manuscript from any SCBWI picture book writers who are not under contract and/or have not sold a picture book manuscript in the last three years.

  • The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant is accepting applications from nonfiction writers with a signed contract from a publisher until April 22.
  • The Dash Grant is now accepting applications from small press creators until May 24. Recipients will receive a $250 grant to produce their book and premiere it at Short Run 2019, receive a free half table to Short Run, receive access to Fogland Studios in Seattle (and optional instruction), receive online mentorship, and be featured in an art show at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery.


  • A number of micro grants are available for marginalized writers.
  • The Awesome Foundation offers $1000 grants on a rolling basis.
  • Black Rainbow offers microgrants of $300 to LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that includes $200 to assist with hosting Indigenous LGBTQI community events.
  • The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism is accepting applications from artists on a rolling basis. Artists covering data privacy, the 2018/2020 elections, the role of technology in society, political influence campaigns, harmful technologies, countering disinformation, and artificial intelligence may receive $500 to $5,000 in grants.
  • 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.
  • Mel Gillman shared this list of Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies for Cartoonists! Thanks, Mel!
  • My Documented Life maintains a list of scholarships for undocumented students.
  • 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 grants 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.
  • Tulsa Remote is accepting applications from remote workers who are willing to relocate to Tulsa, OK in exchange for reduced rent and a total of $10,000 over the course of a year. Read more about the program here.
  • The Vlogbrothers are offering sponsorships to creators of educational video content.
  • We Need Diverse Books is accepting applications for their Internship Grant.

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


Teaching

  • OCAD University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Illustration. The position is open only to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons.
  • The art department at Southern Arkansas University is seeking a full time instructor in Communication/Graphic Design.

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

  • Everlasting Quest, a 4koma webcomic, is seeking voice actors.
  • Nightlight Podcast is seeking Black voice actors.

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


Writing and Editing

  • Lee & Low Books are relaunching their Diversity Baseline Survey to compare results with their previous survey from 5 years ago. All publishers, agents, and review journals are encouraged to contribute.
  • The Auburn Avenue is seeking written submissions and photography with the theme “The South Got More to Say…”  for their Spring/Summer 2019 issue until March 31.
  • FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology is seeking its final submissions until April 1.
  • Huellas is seeking longform nonfiction narratives, to be published in English and Spanish (the submission provided only needs to be in either English or Spanish, and Huellas editors will translate), from Latinx and Latin American writers until April 1.
  • Vulture Bones is seeking submissions of speculative fiction from trans and nonbinary voices for its fourth issue until April 1.
  • button_new3 Fireside Fiction will be accepting submissions of short fiction and poetry in English or Spanish from April 8 to April 12. They also are accepting applications for First Readers.
  • button_new3 Imprint Forever of Hachette Book Group is accepting submissions of full-length adult romance or women’s fiction manuscripts that reflect diverse backgrounds and experiences for their All Love, All Voices Contest until April 15. 18 winners will receive editorial feedback, with the top three contenders to be considered for publication with the Forever or Forever Yours imprints.
  • Emma Press is seeking children’s picture book manuscripts, particularly from authors underrepresented in publishing, until April 20.
  • #DVPit will be held on April 23 and 24. Please read the rules before participating in the event!
  • The Common Bonds Anthology is seeking submissions of speculative fiction about platonic relationships, particularly from aromantic writers, until April 30.
  • Lethe Press is seeking short story submissions for Hatchet Job, an anthology collection full of horror short stories of 10,000 words or less, until April 30.
  • Carnation Press is seeking queer interpretations of the ACD canon for an anthology of Sherlock Holmes-inspired works until May 1They’re also seeking submissions of short stories from 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.
  • Catapult and Soft Skull Press are accepting submissions for their upcoming Tiny Nightmares anthology until May 1. Writers of accepted stories will be paid $100.
  • Cleis Press is seeking submissions for Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6 from authors who are “women, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and/or nonbinary” until June 1. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Selected writers will receive $225 and 2 copies of the printed book.
  • Less Than Three Press is accepting submissions for its LGBTQIA anthology Creature Feature until July 31.
  • Professor Grace Dillon is accepting submissions from emerging writers for “Imaging Indigenous Futurisms,” the 10th Annual Science Fiction Writing Contest, for a $1,000 award until November 1.

  • The American Greetings Alternative Writing Studio is accepting applications for freelance card writers.
  • Anathema accepts fiction and nonfiction submissions year-round from queer and nonwhite writers.
  • Anime Feminist is looking for contributors in the upcoming year. Read here for more information. Article writers will be paid $50 per article.
  • Anime News Network is looking for Convention Correspondents.
  • Argot Magazine is seeking written and illustrated submissions about queer and marginalized experiences. Their payment ranges from $35 to $250 per piece.
  • Do you have aromantic or asexual characters in your prose? Enter your book into this database so that more people can find your work.
  • Autostraddle is seeking personal essays, feature stories, and article submissions on fashion and beauty, sex and relationships, humor, and investigative journalism, particularly from butch/masculine-of-center women, people of color, people over age 45, and trans women.
  • (New York, NY) Avid Reader Press is seeking an editor.
  • Daily comics news blog The Beat is hiring a Managing Editor.
  • 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.
  • Black Rainbow accepts pitches from LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and pays $150 for selected articles.
  • Black Youth Project is seeking pitches related to ableism and physical and mental health.
  • (London, UK/REMOTE OKAY) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking Speculative Script Writers.
  • (New York, NY) Book of the Month is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Chicago, IL) Booklist Publications is seeking an Editor/Publisher.
  • Bustle is accepting pitches and shared guidelines for how to pitch to them.
  • Cake Literary is looking for Black male writers for upcoming SFF Middle Grade projects. They’re also seeking Native/Indigenous, US-based writers for upcoming Middle Grade fantasy projects.
  • Carina Press has an ongoing open call for male/male romantic suspense and a new call for Carina Adores, a new trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line. Find out what the editors want to read here!
  • CBR is seeking experienced writers to write on comic book news, analyses, and movie and tv show casting news.
  • (Chicago, IL) Chicago Review Press is seeking a Project Editor.
  • Choice of Games is hiring writers for their new line of interactive romance games.
  • Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
  • ComicsMNT is “seeking a few short (500-750) pieces about comics from female and NB writers to run in the months of April and May.” 
  • Cricket Media is seeking writers and illustrators for upcoming features and articles in their various children’s magazines.
  • (New York, NY) Crooked Line Books is seeking an Editor/Senior Editor for Women’s Fiction.
  • 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.
  • ENBY Magazine is seeking personal essays, interviews, reviews, visual art, short stories, and poetry from AMAB, BIPOC, disabled, neuroatypical, and/or any other underrepresented group within the non-binary community for Issue #4.
  • Fiyah Lit Mag is seeking Black book reviewers.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • Grimlore Games is seeking a full-time writer. Remote okay.
  • Interlude Press is seeking LGBTQA+ contemporary, fantasy, and science fiction YA novels and LGBTQA+ contemporary, historical, romantic comedy, mystery/suspense, and romantic adult fiction. Manuscripts should be 60,000-80,000 words in length.
  • (San Francisco, CA) Letterform Archive is seeking an Assistant Editor.
  • 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.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • Native Ink Press is seeking submissions of nonfiction prose and children’s books.
  • Narratively is seeking submissions of writing, photography, and illustrations.
  • NineStar Press is seeking LGBTQA+ romance, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fiction.
  • Panel Patter is looking for contributors, particularly from writers interested in manga and webcomics!
  • (Atlanta, GA) Peachtree Publishing Company is seeking a Senior Acquisitions Editor.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • Reckoning is accepting submissions of creative writing (fiction or nonfiction) about urban nature and environmental challenges of cities for its fourth issue.
  • (New York, NY) Saga Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing Indigenous material in all genres and at all levels. No other unsolicited submissions are being accepted at this time.
  • The SFWA blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy.
  • button_new3 Slide Stories is seeking writers for their love and sex short fiction platform focused on underrepresented audiences. Applications are open here and here.
  • Submittable is seeking blog contributions focused on film and filmmakers.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • The Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Program in Partnership with We Need Diverse Books is accepting applications from high school students until April 15 or when 600 applications total are received. Five high school seniors will receive scholarships of up to $10,000 each.
  • (Boston, MA) Beacon Press is seeking summer interns in Design, Digital & Social Media, Editorial, Marketing, and Publicity
  • (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking interns in Design, Editorial, Graphic Production, Marketing, Production and Manufacturing, Publishing Technologies, and Sales.
  • Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
  • (Glendale, CA) DreamWorks is hiring a Feature Training Intern.
  • Hachette Book Group is hiring interns in Boulder, CO, Berkeley, CA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Boston, MA.
  • (New York, NY) Harper Collins Children’s Books is seeking a summer intern in Digital Design
  • inQluded, a new platform for LGBTQIA+ youth, is accepting submissions.
  • My Documented Life maintains a list of scholarships for undocumented students.
  • 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.
  • (London, UK) Roll7 is seeking an Admin/Assistant Intern. Employees work from home 9 days out of 10.
  • Titmouse is seeking production and art interns in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.
  • We Need Diverse Books is accepting applications for their Internship Grant.

Resources

  • The 2019 Convention Artist Survey is now accepting submissions from artists who sold work at 2019 shows.
  • button_new3 Alisa shared this great tip on hanging prints at cons!
  • button_new3 Aydin Kwan of Outsider Comics shared how they go about the process of selling artists’ merchandise wholesale.
  • Becca Hillburn of Nattosoup shared a post on Laying Out Your Mini Comics and Zines and Creating Art Digitally. 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.
  • Byelacey shared a great thread of tips for artists on Twitter!
  • Camilla Zhang hosted the “Running A Comics Project on Kickstarter” Webinar, and you can watch it here.
  • 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.
  • Creator Resource aims to share resources for comic book creators, writers, and editors. Check it out!
  • Delilah S. Dawson has been sharing informative threads about publishing. Here’s one about editors, and here’s another about the business end of writing. There’s also a thread on Twitter tips for writers, literary agents, and deepening character.
  • Artist E.Hanby opened a blog sharing Clip Studio Paint tips!
  • Emily maintains a Dropbox folder of fat body reference images for artists.
  • Erin Roseberry shared some great info on getting your work into your local library! Thanks, Erin!
  • Ethan M. Aldridge shared a thread on getting an agent.
  • Fai wrote a comprehensive Zine Organizing Guide. Thanks, Fai!
  • H.D. Harris shared color palettes that cover a range of different skin tones.
  • Hnery shared a web app that lets you rotate a 3D model of a skeleton.
  • Isa shared an invoice and accounting managing tool for Google Sheets.
  • Jim Mortensen shared a 50-page PDF with storyboarding tips. The PDF is pay-what-you-want, and all proceeds are donated to Inner City Arts.
  • Kickstarter has a large resource area for bringing publishing, comics, or journalism projects to life.
  • Kickstarter also shared an article on spreading the word about projects.
  • button_new3 Line of Action is an excellent life drawing resource. Thanks, Rafa!
  • Liz Kramer shared a thread of free portfolio website hosts.
  • Nilah’s latest helpful resource is a spreadsheet containing upcoming (or recently released) kids graphic novels. Add your own upcoming kids GN releases here!
  • 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.
  • Nilah also shared this great piece of wisdom: don’t self-reject! And for those who don’t self-reject, but still get rejections, read the thread for her compassionate encouragement.
  • Twitter user pngx shared this tool to help draw animal heads from different angles.
  • Rami H-P Lehkonen released Manage Your Time – Make More Comics.
  • 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!
  • Stephanie Cooke shared this great list of comic shops for you to sell your indie comics and wares at.
  • 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. Thanks for always being so helpful!
  • Xavier shared a thread of calculating day rates for freelancers. Women have a tendency to charge 30% less than male freelancers – but we all have bills to pay! David created a free responsive spreadsheet for you to use, in case the math is daunting.
  • Yoshi Yoshitani shared a comprehensive Guide to Tabling at Conventions (2019 Edition).

Deals

  • Every Monday, Barnes and Noble offers deals on manga.
  • Barnes and Noble is offering a Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale on Viz titles until April 30.
  • 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 The Handmaid’s Tale by Renée Nault and Margret Atwood and Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Steven Bryne.
  • Seven Seas has a survey for March. Suggest up to 18 new titles for Seven Seas to consider for licensing. 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!

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 – March 15, 2019

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