The site launched in 2008 as a way of discovering new talent by throwing open our doors to unagented, aspiring writers, and asking likeminded writers and readers to help us discover and champion great work. It helped launch authors, such as Miranda Dickinson, Steven Dunne and Kat French.
Unfortunately in recent years it became more of a home to sock puppets and some of the worst amateur writing on the net. HarperCollins failed to uncover any authors after the initial gold rush and opened other submissions channels.
HarperCollins insists that it remains committed to discovering new writers through genre-focused, digital-first lists such as HarperImpulse, and open submissions windows for imprints such as Voyager and The Borough Press.
Authonomy will remain live until 30th September 2015, to give writers ample time to retrieve work.