Deborah Rogers

A literary agent all her professional life, Deborah Rogers (1938-2014) set up her own agency in 1967, and twenty years later formed Rogers Coleridge & White with Gill Coleridge and Pat White. One of the most influential literary agents of her generation, Deborah was renowned for her taste, her loyalty and her immense generosity in the support she gave to authors. Her sudden death sent a shockwave through the world of publishing and the many writers, publishers and agents whose lives she had touched. At the 2014 London Book Fair, Deborah was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing, the first agent to have received the honour. She accepted this with characteristic modesty:

“It hardly seems fair to be given an award for what has been a lifetime of such pleasure... Those who have entrusted their work to us over the years will never know the intense pride that they have brought, and the anticipation and excitement that greets each new manuscript never palls. I have them to thank most of all.”

Deborah’s particular genius lay in identifying and supporting talented young people. The Deborah Rogers Foundation (DRF) has therefore been set up in her memory to continue to seek out and nurture that talent specifically by means of two biennial awards:- one for an unpublished writer to enable them to complete a first book, and the second to help a young agent gain worldwide work experience. The Board chaired by Lord Berkeley of Knighton, Deborah’s widower, comprises people who knew and loved Deborah, including RCW colleagues and writers Ian McEwan and William Fiennes.

The winner of the Writers’ Award was announced in May 2016 and was awarded £10,000 to fund her work on her debut novel.

The Deborah Rogers Foundation is now launching a Bursary for a publishing professional to spend eight weeks working in the rights departments of publishing houses and agencies around the world.

For more details about the Bursary click here.


Mar 8, 2017, 3:00 AM
The winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Bursary Award is Sam Coates, Senior Rights Executive of Vintage Books, PRH.
Dec 19, 2016, 12:04 PM
The applications for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Bursary award are now closed.
Dec 19, 2016, 11:56 AM
"In April 2014, the death of the “peerless” literary agent Deborah Rogers shocked the book trade; an estimated 800 people were in attendance at a memorial held in her honour in October that year....
Oct 12, 2016, 1:08 PM
The Deborah Rogers Foundation is delighted to announce a second award, The Deborah Rogers Foundation Bursary.
May 5, 2016, 7:55 PM
The winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award 2016 is Sharlene Wen-Ning Teo for Ponti, a work of fiction. This was announced today Thursday 5th May at a small ceremony in London. Shena Mackay (Chair of the Judges) introduced the shortlisted authors after which Ian McEwan announced the winner and presented her with the prize of £10,000.