Catapault is closing its digital magazine and writing classes to concentrate on its book business.
“This decision to center our efforts on our foundational business will ensure a successful future for our imprints and incredibly gifted authors as we continue to publish with the passion and care that defines the Catapult Book Group,” Catapault’s publisher Alyson Forbes stated when the decision was announced on Tuesday, according to Editor & Publisher.
Forbes took up her post in December, having served as COO and interim publisher at Catapault.
The announcement was met with sadness by some.
“Catapult has been a digital home for a lot of writers that no one else would give a chance to — because they were early in their career, or POC, or queer, or just f--king weird (and awesome),” Carmen Phillips wrote on Autostraddle.
One Twitter commentator said, “Catapult was one of the very few avenues BIPOC and working-class writers could access to the literary world via classes or generous editors who took a chance on pitches. I just feel so much for the editors, writers, and teachers, and the huge loss this means for us all.”