The DRF David Miller Bursary
Announcement of the winner of the 2019 DRF David Miller Bursary
Prema Raj, winner of the Deborah Rogers Foundation David Miller Bursary, with David Miller’s mother June Miller and Michael Berkeley, Chairman, after receiving the award.
Prema Raj, Rights Assistant at A.M. Heath Literary Agents is the winner of 2019 DRF David Miller Bursary Award of £10,000
Camille Morard, Rights Manager at Faber, and Hana Murrell, Rights Manager at Blake Friedmann are the runners-up.
This was awarded on Wednesday 20th February 2019 at a small ceremony in the offices of Rogers, Coleridge & White in London. Andrew Franklin (Chair of the Judges) introduced the three shortlisted applicants after which Lord Berkeley of Knighton (Chairman of the Deborah Rogers Foundation) announced Prema as the winner and presented her with a cheque.
The two runners-up were Camille Morard and Hana Murrell. They each received a cheque for £250.
The DRF David Miller Bursary is the second initiative of the Deborah Rogers Foundation. £10,000 is awarded to an ambitious and talented publishing professional, who has been working in either a literary agency or the rights department of a publishing house in the United Kingdom for at least two years, in order to give them the opportunity to spend eight weeks with publishers and agencies in a number of countries, thus broadening their experience at a significant stage in their career.
The judges of the 2019 DRF David Miller Bursary Award were:
Andrew Franklin, Chair (Managing Director of Profile Books), Sam Coates (winner of the inaugural 2017 DRF David Miller Bursary), William Fiennes (author and co-founder of First Story), Hannah Westland (Publisher of Serpent’s Tail) and Rebecca Servadio (partner at London Literary Scouting).
The shortlist was compiled from a total of twelve applicants by a Board of Assessors who were Sam Copeland, Laurence Laluyaux and Stephen Edwards – all three Directors of RCW – together with Margaret Halton (PEW Literary), and Sam Edenborough (ILA).
Prema Raj will now select her work placements from the wide range of companies who have offered them and will take these up during the year. She has already identified areas of the publishing industry that she wishes to focus on. Tonight Prema received a cheque for £2,500 and will receive the balance of £7,500 once her plans are in place. When Prema has completed her travels she will be writing a report on her experiences which will be published on the DRF website.
The following international publishers and agencies have confirmed their willingness to work together with the DRF in sponsoring the new Bursary Award winner:-
Editorial Anagrama (Spain), Big Apple Agency (China), Capitana (Norway), De Bezige Bij
(Holland), Giulio Einaudi Editore (Italy), Eric Yang Agency (Korea), Faber & Faber (UK), Fritz Agency (Switzerland), Farrar Straus and Giroux (US), Gallimard (France), Grove Atlantic (US), HarperCollins Inc (US), Hayakawa Publishing Corporation (Japan), Inkwell Management (US), Penguin Random House (UK), Profile Books (UK), Minumsa Publishing (Korea), Rosinante (Denmark) and The Agency (UK)
Andrew Franklin, Chair of the Judges, comments:
Rights is sometimes a neglected area of publishing but the international rights teams of publishers and literary agencies are the glue that sticks together our world of publishers and authors. So it is really fantastic that the Deborah Rogers Foundation created this bursary to showcase the best of the best. As with the first award, granted in 2017, the calibre of all the candidates is extraordinarily high. And the winner is nothing short of amazing. We are delighted to recognise what Prema Raj has already achieved and her ambitions for her future.
Gill Coleridge, of Rogers Coleridge & White and Director of the Deborah Rogers Foundation comments:
One of Deborah’s defining qualities was her total commitment to supporting and nurturing those with talent, whether a new author or someone within the agent and publishing community. Selling and managing rights is at the heart of our business so we set up this Bursary to help young professionals who are already working in this field develop their contacts and understanding of international publishing at a crucial point in their careers.
We are delighted by the response to this second Bursary Award and I know David Miller - who helped launch it and whose name we have now attached to it - would be too. We have a very deserving winner out of a strong shortlist and I wish Prema a very exciting and rewarding time over the coming months. We greatly look forward to hearing about her experiences.
Biography of the winner:
Prema Raj graduated from the University of Oxford with an M.Phil in Italian Literature, having previously received a BA in Italian and English Literature from the University of Warwick in 2014. She joined A M Heath as an intern in October 2016, before taking on the permanent role of Rights Assistant. She handles translation rights for the Baltic countries, and across much of Eastern Europe, in addition to Greece, Israel, Russia and Turkey.
Biographies of the two runners-up:
Born and raised in France, Camille Morard moved to London in 2012, right after completing her studies, graduated from a Publishing MA in Paris and a BA in French literature in Grenoble. She first joined the Foreign Rights team at the Quarto Group, discovering the world of co-editions and illustrated books. In 2015, Camille shifted to the fiction side of publishing and started as a Rights Assistant at Faber & Faber. As Rights Manager now, she currently handles translation rights across the Adult and Children’s lists at Faber for Asia, Arabic language, Eastern Europe, Greece and France.
Hana Murrell graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2012 with a BA in French and Italian, having spent her third year at the University of Bologna. After a Japanese course at Doshisha University, Kyoto, she interned at Andrew Nurnberg Associates in April 2014, which led to the position of Foreign Rights Assistant. Following Rights Manager maternity covers at Curtis Brown and then A. M. Heath, she took up her current position of Rights Manager at Blake Friedmann in August 2018. She handles translation rights in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia and Romania.
About the Bursary:
One of Deborah Rogers’ defining qualities was commitment to supporting and nurturing those with talent, whether a new author or someone within the agent and publishing community.
In recognition of this, every two years the Deborah Rogers Foundation awards a Bursary of £10,000 to a publishing professional who has been working in either a Literary Agency or the Rights Department of a publishing house in the United Kingdom for two years or more. Its aim is to provide an ambitious and talented person the opportunity to spend eight weeks with publishing companies and agencies in a number of countries, thereby broadening their experience at a formative stage in their career.
The successful applicant will have identified specific areas of the publishing industry that they wish to focus on and will be able to articulate how the Bursary will help develop their career.
After the sudden death of David Miller in December 2016, it was decided to attach his name to the DRF Bursary in recognition of the significant role he played in launching the Bursary.