The venture sees the 25-year-old create a home for the next generation of writers, curating titles to be published yearly by Penguin Random House. The job is described as “a unique role” in which the winning candidate will seek out new writers and lead editorial processes.
The commissioning editor will be “overseeing all stages of the book’s life and presenting and pitching new titles to a number of internal departments”. The job description also states: “You’ll work with the #Merky Books team in developing ideas with potential partners, and assist with all our initiatives, including the annual #Merky New Writers’ Prize competition.”
Announced in March this year, the competition invites unpublished writers aged between 16 and 30 to submit manuscripts and ideas for the chance to win a publishing contract.
“I know too many talented writers that don’t always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen”, the rapper explained when he launched #Merky Books. “ I look forward to publishing writers from all different walks of life, especially those who may have never had the opportunity to get into the industry so early.”
Based in London, the job doesn’t require candidates to have a background in editorial or publishing, and will be flexible when it comes to the level of the role. Applications close on August 12 – read more and apply here.