About the SoA

Empowering authors since 1884.

The SoA is the UK’s largest trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. We have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.

Members receive unlimited free advice on all aspects of the profession, including confidential clause-by-clause contract vetting, and a wide range of exclusive offers.

We campaign and lobby on the issues that affect authors and hold a wide range of events across the UK. Find out more about membership.

The SoA also administers grants and prizes to support and celebrate authors at all stages of their careers.

We administer many literary estates, the income from which helps fund our work.


Our permanent team of professional staff


An honorary body of up to 60 prominent SoA members