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Stormzy is launching a new publishing imprint as an outlet for young writers

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Stormzy has announced the launch of a new publishing imprint called #Merky Books, in collaboration with Penguin Random House.

#Merky will be ‘a platform for young writers to become published authors’, the 24-year-old grime rapper announced today on Instagram.

‘I know too many talented writers that don’t 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 wrote.

#Merky’s first book will be written by Stormzy himself, called ‘Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far’, to be released on November 1st. The book will feature photographs, lyrics, and stories from those closest to the artist. Penguin Random House describes it as ‘a story about faith and the ideas worth fighting for […] about knowing where you’re from, and where you’re going.’

The imprint will then release two to three books a year of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

On top of this, #Merky will run school competitions, hunt for new writers, and will also offer a paid internship in 2019. Penguin Random House said it wants the venture to ‘form a home for a new generation of voices.’

‘Reading and writing as a kid was integral to where I am today,’  Stormzy said, ‘and I from the bottom of my heart can not wait to hear your stories, your poems, your novels, your sci-fis and then getting them out into the big wide world. Proper proud of this!’

Stormzy already as a record label called #Merky. In January he signed a partnership deal between the label and Atlantic Records, which he described as the ‘beginning of a new chapter’.

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