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About us

The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators. We’ve been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

With 12,000 members and 28 staff, the SoA provides unlimited advice to members on all aspects of the writing profession, including the confidential, clause-by-clause vetting of publishing agreements, publications and a wide range of benefits.

We empower authors through campaigning, professional training, events, conferences, regional and special interest groups and community networks. We also manage around 15 charities which provide prizes and grants to writers, and we manage over 50 literary estates.

Our Values

The SoA is an organisation where everyone can grow and develop, and it’s also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. We’re located in bright, modern offices on Bedford Row at the heart of vibrant Bloomsbury

Equity, diversity and inclusion are core SoA values. We aim to tackle structural discrimination and prejudice. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase diversity in our organisation at all levels and in all forms. We therefore strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds.


As a progressive and ethical not-for-profit organisation, we offer a range of benefits to support your physical, mental and financial wellbeing. We’re a member of London’s thriving Knowledge Quarter, the Smart Work Network and a London Living Wage Accredited Employer. Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible, family-friendly, disability confident working practices
  • Generous annual leave, including all bank holidays
  • Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee perks scheme
  • Private healthcare options
  • Interest-free annual travel card loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Death-in-service benefit
  • Ongoing development opportunities
  • Office closure over Christmas

Join us to make a positive difference for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators.


There are no current vacancies.

We politely request no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. We do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core SoA values. We tackle structural discrimination and prejudice wherever we see it. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase the diversity in our organisation at all levels. We strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates, regardless of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria. We welcome requests for flexible working.

Privacy Statement

By sending your CV in response to this advert, you are giving us consent to contact you to discuss your application as per our Privacy Statement for job applicants. We endeavour to respond to all applications but if you do not hear from us within seven working days, please assume your application has been unsuccessful and your records will be deleted from our system.

Financial support

The Book Trade Charity offers financial help to applicants (particularly those under the age of 30) looking for jobs in the book trade, including help with interview costs, affordable housing and accommodation. Find out more.

Find your perfect role in the creative industries

Creative Careers is an initiative by the UK creative industries to make it easier for young people to find careers in the creative industries.

Volunteer with us

As a member of the Society of Authors there are lots of ways you can get involved. From volunteering on our Management Committee or on a Special Interest Group Committee, through to running a local group in your area. 

If you are interested in getting involved with the work of the Society of Authors, get in touch.