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The DRF David Miller Bursary

The winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Bursary Award of £10,000 is Sam Coates, Senior Rights Executive of Vintage Books, PRH.  This was announced on Tuesday 7th March in London at a small ceremony at Rogers Coleridge & White. Andrew Franklin, Chair of the Judges, introduced the three shortlisted applicants after which Lord Berkeley of Knighton presented the winning cheque.

Click here to read Sam’s fascinating report - here.

The two runners-up were Celia Long of Penguin Random House, and Emily Randle of David Higham Associations. They each received a book token for £100.

Sam Coates will now have the opportunity to spend a total of eight weeks with foreign publishing companies and agencies who have offered work placements to the winner of the Bursary, thereby broadening his experience at a formative stage in his career.   The Deborah Rogers Foundation gives a prize of  £10,000 to help fund his travel and expenses.

The Judges were Andrew Franklin, Chair (MD of Profile Books), Michael Bhaskar (Publishing Director, Canelo), William Fiennes (author and co-founder of First Story), Anne-Louise Fisher (founder of Anne Louise Fisher Associates), and Hannah Westland (Publishing Director of Serpent’s Tail).

The Bursary Award will henceforth be known as the Deborah Rogers Foundation (DRF) David Miller Bursary in memory of David Miller (4.02.66 - 30.12.16) who worked at Rogers Coleridge & White for 26 years and was a founding member of the DRF Bursary.


Sam Coates.jpgSam Coates

Sam Coates graduated from SOAS with an MA in Indian Religions in 2012, having received a BA from Cardiff in the same subject the year before. After an internship at Anthem Press and work experience at Penguin, he worked as maternity cover for Penguin Adult Rights in the summer of 2013. A few months later he began working as rights assistant at Vintage, and is currently the Senior Rights Executive, handling translation (Scandinavia & Eastern Europe), stage and large print rights across the Jonathan Cape, Chatto & Windus, Bodley Head, Square Peg and Yellow Jersey lists.

Dates for application for the 2018/19 The Deborah Rogers Foundation David Miller Bursary will be announced in spring 2018.

Publishing Companies Offering Work Placements for the Bursary Winner.

          • The Agency (London)
          • Editorial Anagrama (Spain)
          • Christian Bourgois Editeur (France)
          • Brombergs Bokförlag (Sweden)
          • Cappelen Damm AS (Norway)
          • Companhia das Letras (Brazil)
          • De Bezige Bij (Netherlands)
          • Guilo Einaudi editore (Italy)
          • Faber & Faber (UK)
          • Text Publishing (Australia)
          • Farrar Straus and Giroux (USA)
          • S. Fischer Verlag GmbH (Germany)
          • The Fritz Agency (Switzerland)
          • Grove Atlantic Inc. (USA)
          • Gyldendal (Denmark)
          • HarperCollins Inc. USA
          • Inkwell Management (USA)
          • Profile Books (UK)
          • Penguin Random House (UK)
          • Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd