What’s Left?

What’s Left is a Mixed media anthology BENEFITING creators affected by covid-19.

During a time of self-isolation and quarantine, uncertainties abound. We can’t work, shop, or gather. How do we maintain hope? How do we stay productive? We find ourselves asking: What’s Left?

What’s Left is creativity, small victories, and voices to be heard.

What’s Left is a collection of stories and comics about coming together, leaning on one another, and proving that though we may be apart, we are never alone.

Anthology submissions due 5/31/2020

Want to participate in What’s Left?

We’re looking for submissions of comics (black and white or grayscale!), short stories, poems, illustrations and photographs that fit the theme: What’s Left? Did you discover a new talent, level up a hobby, or connect with an old friend thanks to quarantine? We want to hear about it. Whether you’ve found community in Facebook groups, streamed church services or Lego Masters, we want to hear your stories.

You can find our submission form here!
Or check out our F.A.Q. below for more information.

Are you a creator affected by Covid-19?

Our goal for What’s Left? is to fund a number of micro-grants for creators – in all fields! – who were affected by the pandemic and quarantine. Keep an eye on this page, and our social media, for updates on when funding applications open.


How does What’s Left? benefit creators?
We’ll be running a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, essentially selling copies of the anthology. Proceeds from those ‘sales’ will be sent directly to creators affected by the pandemic.

Can I qualify for a micro-grant?
If you’re in any creative field – professionally, freelance, contract – and you lost income due to cancelled conventions, closed stores/studios, or stay-at-home orders in general, you qualify.

Will contributors be paid for participating in What’s Left?
After we hit our funding goal, yes! 100% of the funding goal will go towards creators in need. After that funding goal is met, additional funds will be split: half being a royalty for contributors, half funding additional micro-grants.

Are you profiting from What’s Left?
Not at all. Our staff is donating our time and talents to organizing and editing the volume.

How will you handle print editions?
Our usual printers are closed at the moment, but we’ll be working with a Print On Demand vendor. This isn’t ideal for our usual print orders, but we’re confident it’ll be perfect for What’s Left?

Does my submission need to be new/original?
The work needs to be wholly original (your own), and it needs to properly fit the theme of What’s Left? However, we’re happy to accept submissions of previously finished or informally published work (personal website, webcomic, ect).

How big will the book be?
We’re hoping to compile a volume between 100 and 200 pages. Page size will be U.S. standard comic size.

Is there a page count/word count maximum or minimum?
No minimum! For comics, we’d like submissions of 12 pages or less. Short stories should be 7,000 words or less. (These are guidelines, not hard rules.)

What if I have additional questions?
Feel free to reach out to Arledge Comics on Twitter or email us at admin@arledgecomics.com