HarperCollins is to close its Authonomy online community for aspiring writers, which has been live since 2008.
The site has worked by inviting users to submit manuscripts online, with submissions ranked by users and the best-ranked considered for publication by HarperCollins. Authors found by HarperCollins through the Authonomy community include Miranda Dickinson, Steven Dunne and Kat French. However the community will now close at the end of September.
On the Authonomy site, the publisher explained to community members: "Unfortunately in recent years publishing of titles from the site has slowed as we have opened other submissions channels, and the community has become smaller… HarperCollins remains committed to discovering new writers, and this is reflected in our dynamic, genre-focused, digital-first lists such as HarperImpulse, and our open submissions windows for innovative commercial imprints such as Voyager and The Borough Press. We would encourage the very talented members of the vibrant Authonomy community to continue to show us their work through these channels."
HarperCollins c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne said: "It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to close Authonomy. When it was created seven years ago there were few opportunities for unagented and aspiring authors to find a publisher. Authonomy enabled us to meet and discover some amazing authors and publish some 47 titles. Now in 2015, and thanks to the pioneering work of the Authonomy community and team, our commitment to the discovery of new writing talent runs through our entire business."
HC gave no further comment on how many, if any, jobs were affected by the development.