About

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. 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. Her sudden death a few weeks later sent a shockwave through the world of publishing and the many writers, publishers and agents whose lives she had touched.

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 support emerging talent specifically by means of two biennial awards:-

The Writers Award which gives £10,000 to an unpublished writer to enable them to complete a first book, and The DRF David Miller Bursary which offers work placements in publishing houses and literary agencies worldwide together with £10,000 to help a young agent or publisher gain international work experience.

The Board chaired by Lord Berkeley of Knighton, Deborah’s widower, comprises people who knew and loved Deborah, including RCW colleagues, writers  Ian McEwan and William Fiennes and friends from the publishing world.

The Deborah Rogers Foundation offers two biennial awards:

  • The Writers Award which gives £10,000 to an unpublished writer to enable them to complete a first book, and
  • The DRF David Miller Bursary which offers work placements in publishing houses worldwide together with £10,000 to help a young agent gain international work experience.

For more information about these awards please go to the Writers Award page or the David Miller Bursary page.

 

News



May 28, 2019, 5:20 PM
Submissions for the DRF 2020 Writers Award can be made between 1st June 2019 until 31st October 2019.
Feb 20, 2019, 11:10 AM
The winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Bursary Award is Prema Raj
Dec 19, 2018, 8:19 PM
The winner will be announced in February 2019. For more information about the DRF David Miller Bursary please visit the bursary page.
Sep 28, 2018, 5:45 PM
The Deborah Rogers Foundation announced that applications are now open for the second David Miller Bursary. Candidates have until 16th December to apply. Applications should be made via the website.
May 16, 2018, 11:34 AM
The winner of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award is Deepa Anappara for Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, a work of fiction.
May 1, 2018, 3:45 PM
Judges Anne Enright, Pete Hobbs and Jenny Uglow announce the shortlist for the 2018 £10,000 DRF Award. Three are chosen out of 752 entries. Winner to be announced on 16th May at Award ceremony in London
Mar 12, 2018, 9:12 AM
We are delighted that the winner of the inaugural Writers Award, Sharlene Teo’s debut novel, Ponti, will be published by Picador in the UK in April 2018 and by Simon & Schuster in the US in September 2018. It is currently sold in seven other languages.