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#Merky Books is an imprint within William Heinemann, dedicated to publishing the best new fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Curated by Stormzy, #Merky Books forms a home for a new generation of voices. The imprint launched with Stormzy’s first book, Rise Up, in autumn 2018, followed by Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi in summer 2019. That Reminds Me, a novel in verse by Derek Owusu, is forthcoming in November 2019. The programme also includes the #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, an open submission competition to find news works across a range of genres. The inaugural prize was awarded in June 2019 to co-winners Hafsa Zayyan and Monika Radojevic.

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