Creative writing prize: #Merky Books New Writers' Prize


21 September 2020
Win a publishing deal in the second outing of the competition for unpublished, underrepresented writers aged 16-30

The winner will be offered a publishing contract with #Merky Books and the chance to write a Literally essay to feature on We Present in 2021. The judges for the prize are Stormzy, Candice Braithwaite, Emma Dabiri, Guz Khan and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

'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,' said Stormzy, who launched #Merky Books with Penguin Random House in 201. '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.’

Longlisted writers will be invited to a Writers' Camp where they will be able to meet publishing industry professionals, attend workshops and panels and receive individual feedback on their work.

Enter fiction, non-fiction and poetry. All writers entering the prize must be aged 16-30, unpublished and from a background underrepresented in the publishing industry.

To enter, send a 200-word synopsis and a 1,500-word extract of fiction or non-fiction, and a 200-word synopsis and a 500-word extract for poetry.


Entry is free.

The closing date is 30 October.

For full details see the website.