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Stormzy announces #Merky Books in partnership with Penguin Random House

The imprint is dedicated to young writers with future plans for school competitions and paid internships

UK MC Stormzy has announced the launch of a new publishing venture in partnership with Penguin Random House. Overseen by the artist, #Merky Books will focus on young writers, publishing new fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The first title will come from Stormzy himself in November – Rise Up: The #Merky Journey So Far promises an account of his rise to stardom, and it will be followed by a handful of new titles each year.

“Super proud to announce our new venture #Merky Books,” he announced on Instagram. “We will be using this as a platform for young writers to become published authors, I know too many talented writers that don’t always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say ‘I can be an author’ and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal.”

He continues, “We’ll be doing school competitions, taking entries and submissions and looking for writers as well but I’ll keep you posted! #Merky Books will also be offering a paid internship in 2019!” The imprint is set to issue a call for submissions in the coming months.

You can order Rise Up via Waterstones. More information on #Merky Books, including how to submit new work, is available at Penguin Random House.