HarperCollins Adds Inkpop, A Teen Publishing and Social Site

Yesterday, HarperCollins announced Inkpop, a teen site similar to the company’s Autonomy social network for writers.

Like Autonomy, which eBookNewser covered recently, Inkpop is a social networking and publishing platform with a twist. Teens 13 and up can upload their writing, which can be read and critiqued by peers. Then the top rated pieces each month will be read by a panel of HarperCollins editors. HarperCollins has bought four adult manuscripts through Autonomy. Here’s more from the official press release:

Since its soft launch in 4th quarter 2009, inkpop already has more than 10,000 members and nearly 11,000 submissions, including novels, poems, essays, and short stories. The visitors are teens ages 13 and older, from 109 different countries and territories. Additionally, it has engaged a select group of international HarperCollins editors and authors to review the site’s top five monthly selections, providing invaluable feedback and mentorship opportunities to the young authors, while also considering their work for publication.

Here‘s the full release.

HarperCollins seems to be taking the long view with this foray into new, less-tested aspects of the book business. Simon & Schuster recently made a similar move with its Pulse It site. It will be interesting to see where these sites are in a year.