DRF shortlisted book 'The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock' published.


We are delighted to announce the publication of The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar this month by Harvill Secker. The debut novel was shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award in 2016, selected out of 885 entries. We wish Imogen all the best with the book and her future writing.

 

Fellow shortlisted title The Crossway by Guy Stagg will be published in June and the 2016 winner, Ponti, by Sharlene Teo, will be published in April, both by Picador.

 

‘Roll up, roll up, a true wonder is on display: a mermaid magicked out of words.’ – the Guardian

News


Announcing the return of the DRF David Miller Internship Programme in partnership with Creative Access. Two paid internships providing an entry level insight into rights and agenting in publishing. Focus on attracting candidates from communities under-represented in the industry. Interviews in June, 6-week placements from mid-September including a visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair 2024.
April 2024 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Deborah Rogers, after which this Foundation was set up in her memory. So this seems the appropriate moment to celebrate the positive impact that the DRF has made to our industry by supporting emerging talent in the publishing world.
Winning candidates Milan Sehmbi and Wiggy Bob Snow spent six weeks on placement with literary agencies and publishing companies to gain an insight into the world of publishing rights.
Judges Abdulrazak Gurnah, Claire Adam and Annalena McAfee announce Neil Rollison as the winner of the 2023 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award for his work, The Dead Don’t Bleed.
Judges Abdulrazak Gurnah, Claire Adam and Annalena McAfee announce the shortlist for the 2023 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award.
Nobel Prize winner, Abdulrazak Gurnah, chairs a panel of three judges. The winner receives £10,000 to complete first book. DRF Writers Award to be presented on 9th November in London
The Writers Award longlist is now confirmed and successful entrants have been notified by email.
Applications for the DRF David Miller Internship programme for 2023 are now open. Interviews in mid July, placements from mid-September to run for 6 weeks.
Two paid internships providing an entry level insight into rights and agenting in publishing. Focus on attracting candidates from communities under-represented in the industry. Interviews in early July, placements from mid-September to run for 6 weeks.
On 31st March 2023 submissions to the DRF Writers Award closed. The longlisted writers will be contacted by email September 2023 and the winner will be announced October 2023