Pan Macmillan's Macmillan New Writing scheme will continue despite the head of the imprint, Will Atkins, leaving the company claims the publisher. However the web site is announcing that it will no longer take new submissions.
It says: "Due to the enormous number of submissions we have received this year, Macmillan New Writing is temporarily closed to new submissions. All submissions received before 20th May, 2011 will be assessed, but any sent after this date will not be considered. We will resume accepting submissions again later in the year. Thank you for your interest."
Will Atkins who was 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 which was launched in 2006, focusing on discovering and publishing debut authors.
Pan Macmillan fiction publisher Jeremy Trevathan confirmed the Macmillan New Writing scheme will continue with a new editor to be announced soon but no date has been given for this or for when the New Writing Scheme will resume.
Will Atkins can now be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.