Macmillan New Writing to continue after Atkins departure

Pan Macmillan's Macmillan New Writing scheme will continue despite the head of the imprint leaving the company.

Will Atkins, who worked at Pan Macmillan for five years and was its editorial director for fiction, has left the publisher to work as a freelance editor. During his time at Pan Macmillan, Atkins commissioned crime, historical and literary fiction, and was founding editor of the New Writing imprint.

The scheme, launched in 2006, focuses on discovering and publishing debut authors, and Atkins discovered and worked with authors such as Ann Weisgarder, Ryan David Jahn and Brian McGilloway.

Pan Macmillan fiction publisher Jeremy Trevathan confirmed the Macmillan New Writing scheme will continue, and said: "We hope to build on the wonderful list that Will Atkins built up for Macmillan New Writing and will make an announcement to that effect shortly."

Before working at Pan Macmillan, Atkins worked as a freelance editor, having before that worked at Seren Books. Atkins can now be contacted on