The Archive of Our Own Reaches Ten Million Fanworks!

The OTW is delighted to announce that the Archive of Our Own has reached ten million fanworks! After hitting nine million fanworks in March of this year, it’s taken only seven months for our users to post the most recent million works. By contrast, it took just under four and a half years after going into open beta for users to post the first million works to AO3.

It’s been a year of milestones for AO3 and the OTW. In 2022 alone, we’ve reached not only ten million works but also five million registered AO3 users, 50,000 canonized AO3 fandom tags, and the OTW’s fifteenth anniversary. We are forever grateful to our dedicated creators and users for the support and enthusiasm you’ve given us over the years.

Thank you to everyone who’s helped us grow to this point. We can’t wait to see what you continue to create and share!

Announcement, Archive of Our Own
  1. tajmutthall commented:

    Thanks for sharing these numbers and the little bit of history. Fun to see!

  2. Ana commented:

    This is so impressive, so many people gathered together to share and enjoy these works.

  3. Linda Avery commented:

    That is just unreal. Talk about exponential growth. No wonder so much of the budget goes to servers.

    Are there any plans to add features to the UX interface? Like being able to kudo specific chapters? That might be the one I am most interested in seeing.

    Thanks so much for making this incredible archive available!

  4. Sophia commented:

    so proud

  5. Anne commented:

    This was so informative. We are incredibly fortunate to have access to this wonderful archive. The talent behind the scenes certainly is as stellar as the many brilliant authors and artists that share their work on AO3. Thanks so much for such a varied trove for this reader.

  6. Richard George commented:

    I would like to know how to find the articles from
    where do I go ,join, or download to be able and reed these stories?

  7. Bethany commented:

    I feel really proud to know that me and many of my friends both online and in person have contributed to this. The sense of community fandom and fanfiction bring about is amazing.