The Anna Droumeva Award

A bursary of up to £2,500 awarded annually to an outstanding international rights professional to enable them to gain a deeper understanding of a translation market and book culture
other than their own.


Anna Droumeva, founding director of Andrew Nurnberg Associates Sofia, believed that presenting an author’s work to an editor from a different country is best done by someone with knowledge of both cultures.

Anna was born in and worked from Bulgaria but her love of books and adventurous spirit expanded the scope of the agency to work first with Serbian publishers, then Macedonian and Albanian, and finally, in 2003, with Romanian publishers. Many of them gained a deeper understanding of the industry with her help while she gave her clients a new perspective on the Balkans and its publishing landscape.

The closing date for the inaugural award was 31st January 2022 and applications will re-open for the 2023 award on 1st September 2022. Please check the eligibility criteria before applying.

Anna Droumeva

Anna Droumeva


Applicants must:

1) be employed at a literary agency,
in a publisher’s rights team
or work as a literary scout at time of applying

2) upload written applications in English

3) complete their bursary-supported travel
within one year of its award

4) apply using the online form below

5) apply on or before the last day of January
for that year’s award

6) agree to provide an account of their experience
to us following the bursary-funded travel

“Being at her side as she built the agency in Sofia was as much fun as it was a privilege. From Belgrade to Bucharest, Skopje and Tirana I am sure that I learnt more from her than she learnt from me: meeting with editors in their offices, at fairs, over dinner and at bars. We miss Anna terribly, but we are blessed by the warmth and determination that characterised her life and career.

Together with Mira, we are creating this annual award in Anna’s honour, to allow someone in our industry to make meaningful, professional connections through travel that they otherwise may not have been able to make.”

—Andrew Nurnberg


Andrew Nurnberg Associates
3-11 Eyre St Hill, London, EC1R 5ET, United Kingdom


+44 (020) 3327 0400