Stormzy has announced his own publishing imprint,#Merky Books, in partnership with Penguin Random House. #Merky Books aims to help young writers 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," Stormzy wrote in a statement.
He continued, "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, your poems, your novels, your sci-fis and then getting them out into the big wide world.”
The imprint will offer school competitions for writers to have their work considered for publishing as well as paid internships that will begin in 2019. #Merky Books plans to publish two to three texts per year.
Inaugurating the imprint is the release of his new book Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far, due to hit shelves November 1. According to Penguin, the book will feature "hundreds of never-before-seen photographs, annotated lyrics, and contributions from those closest to him." It is currently available for pre-order.
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