Win a publishing contract with #Merky Books (16+)


#Merky Books is an award-winning book publishing imprint launched by Stormzy and Penguin Random House UK in 2018. It is a home for underrepresented voices and provides a platform where their stories can be told, heard and uplifted. 

They have now launched the second #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, an annual writing competition that is open to young, underrepresented, and unpublished writers from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

What's on offer?

The winner of the New Writers’ Prize will receive a publishing contract with #Merky Books. All longlisted writers will also be invited to a Writers’ Camp, where they will be able to participate in writing workshops, panel talks, editorial one-to-ones, and meet the #Merky Books team.

The prize will also aim to provide all applicants the tools, information and access they need to develop their ideas, progress their writing and set off on the path to publication.

Who are we looking for?

You will be an unpublished writer aged between 16 and 30 and live in the UK or ROI. If you have a manuscript you are working on, or an idea ready to be put onto paper, this is your chance!

#Merky Books are looking for writers telling the stories that are not being heard, and the stories that deserve to be read, across fiction, non-fiction or poetry. They will not be accepting books written for children this year, but aim to open the New Writers’ Prize for this next year.

How to apply

This competition has now closed.

Find out more and apply.

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