Word Balloon Books sells print editions at comic cons, Ren Fairs, and book festivals. We've noticed that most books at these event target adult readers,  so in 2022 we're launching a line of anthologies appropriate for readers 10 and up. We're open to challenging themes and subject matter, but language, graphic violence, and sexual content should be rated G. Child or teen protagonists preferred. Pay for all anthologies is $.01 per word advanced against royalties, with a possible bonus based on crowdfunding. Publication is NOT dependent on crowdfunding, however. Contributor copies will be provided as well. No firm word count limit, but under 3k is preferred. REPRINTS WELCOME! Email submission in standard manuscript format to submissions@inorbit.com. Please specify the anthology you're submitting to, and if the story has been previously published.  Deadline for all February 11. 2022, though watch this space for adjustments!


Thanks for all the submissions! We've got hundreds of submissions still to read through. We hope to get responses to every submission by mid-March! If you haven't gotten a response by March 25, please query

Read below for more information on the individual titles.  NOTE: These are preliminary covers. Final covers will be revealed closer to publication date. 

Rockets and Robots is looking for science fiction adventure stories set on alien worlds, space ships, or the post-21st century future. NO FANTASY!

Beware the Bugs is open to stories about giant bugs (or, perhaps, normal sized bugs and tiny humans). Fantasy or science fiction are welcome. 

Paradoxical Pets is open to stories about wondrous pets, be they alien, magical, artificial, or common pets with some special power. Fantasy or science fiction are welcome.