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Stormzy launches new writers’ prize

By | Published on Thursday 14 March 2019


Stormzy has announced the #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, aiming to find authors and stories that are not currently reaching public attention.

“I know too many talented writers that don’t always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen”, says the rapper. “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. Reading and writing as a kid was integral to where I am today and I, from the bottom of my heart, cannot wait to hear your stories and get them out into the big wide world”.

Aspiring writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the UK and Ireland, aged between sixteen and 30, have until 12 Apr to put themselves forward for the new prize, with the shortlist announced on 2 May. The overall winner will be revealed on 6 Jun and all shortlisted writers will be invited to a free workshop.

Stormzy launched his Penguin Random House imprint #Merky Books last summer, kicking things off with his own book, ‘Rise Up’.

For more information on the competition, and to enter, click here.