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Our permanent team of professional staff

We have a staff team of 29, working full and part-time, from our London offices and around the UK.

Management team

Senior SoA staff leading specific activities and working together on organisational strategy and development

Contracts and advice

Providing expert one to one advice to members — from vetting contracts to offering support at every stage of the author career


Managing the literary estates of many distinguished writers, including Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Philip Larkin and Rosamond Lehmann

Member services

Our front line team, managing member subscriptions and continually working to improve our offer to members

Prizes and awards

Administering our range of awards for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and translation, alongside our grants for works in progress and for authors in need

Communications, events and outreach

Coordinating our outward public and member-facing work — from public relations, online channels and The Author, to online and in-venue events and community building

Policy and campaigns

Promoting the interests of authors through public campaigns, political and industry lobbying, and working with partners

Community coordinators

Bringing our members together in professional and national groups and networks, and local communities


Keeping our IT, finances, and offices functioning