Affiliated Organisations


The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society collects money due to members for secondary uses of their work. These include such things as photocopying, cable retransmission in the UK and overseas, digital reproduction and educational recording.

As a Member or an Associate of the SoA, you are entitled to FREE membership of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society.

When you join the SoA we send your name, address and date of birth (for identification purposes only) to ALCS. They will then send you an application form, which we strongly suggest you complete. If you do not complete this form you will not be registered to receive payments from ALCS.

You can also now complete the application form online, or download it from their website: If you do this you will need to indicate that you are a member of the Society of Authors, where prompted, in order to be exempt from the £36 fee.

Tony Bradman (SoA member and vice-chair of ALCS) said:

Don’t forget to make sure you activate your free ALCS membership. ALCS has had a very successful year and it’s very likely that there will be royalty money waiting for any members who have not signed up yet. And in the current climate who can afford to miss out on free money?

ALCS members who have not already joined the SoA are entitled to 15 months’ SoA membership for the price of 12. Please contact John Scott, Membership Co-ordinator at the ALCS, for the application code when applying. 

The Bookseller

Subscribing to The Bookseller magazine is the best way to keep ahead of the latest publishing industry news. Published weekly, it’s packed full of deal news, trade announcements, literary agent moves, author interviews and looks to the future.

SoA Members can subscribe to The Bookseller at a special 50% discount on the regular print & online subscription price of £198, and on the regular all-digital subscription price of £168 (now VAT exempt). As a subscriber, you’ll receive the weekly magazine in print and the e-edition of the publication which can be read on desktop, mobile and tablet. Unrestricted website access to all the book charts and news articles will also be granted. 

To subscribe, just follow this link or enter the promotional code SOC1 at the checkout. 

You can also sign up for free Morning Briefing emails from The Bookseller each weekday by registering here.

British Library

Your Society of Authors member card can be used to support your application for a Reader Pass for the British Library. Please telephone the Reader Admissions department on 020 7412 7677 to find out what additional identification is required or click here.

Crime Writers’ Association

The Crime Writers’ Association aims to promote the crime genre and to support professional writers. The CWA has been providing social and professional support for its members for more than half a century, as well as running the prestigious Dagger Awards.

Members of the SoA who join the CWA receive a 20% discount on their first year of CWA membership.

English PEN

English PEN is a registered charity working to defend and promote freedom of expression, and to remove barriers to literature.

Members and Associates of the SoA are entitled to 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 when joining English PEN. Please use the reference code SOA1512 (this code is not currently available when applying online).

Likewise, members of English PEN who wish to join the SoA are entitled to 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 on joining. Please call the PEN office on 020 7324 2535 for further details. 

Historical Writers’ Association

The Historical Writers’ Association exists to promote, sustain and raise the profile of historical writing, both historical fiction and non-fiction.

As a SoA Member or Associate, you are entitled to a 25% discount on membership of the HWA. To take advantage of this offer, please use the application code SOA2012 when joining.

Members of the HWA, who have not already joined the SoA, are entitled to 15 months’ SoA membership for the price of 12. Please contact Tony Riches at [email protected] for the application code to quote when applying.

The London Library

Founded in 1841, the London Library is one of the UK’s leading literary institutions and the world’s largest independent lending library.  

The London Library is offering SoA Members and Associates 12 months’ membership of the Library for the price of 11, a saving of £41 (offer open to new members only). To claim this offer, visit The London Library website at

London Press Club

The London Press Club has opened membership to Members and Associates of the SoA at its specially discounted Group Rate with no need to be proposed or seconded.

To take advantage of this offer, please download an application form.

National Union of Journalists

The NUJ is the voice for journalists and journalism. It is an active, campaigning organisation seeking to improve the pay and conditions of members and working to protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards in all media.

Members of the NUJ, who have not already joined the SoA, are entitled to 15 months’ SoA membership for the price of 12.

The Journalists’ Local Authority Directory is a resource providing access to data and contact details held by local government authorities. Access is restricted but SoA members are allowed to make use of it. You can do so by visiting the page and entering the username SOA181 and password up6e8uYg. If these details do not work, please contact us.

Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild

The OWPG is the only UK-based association of media professionals working largely or entirely on outdoor subjects. 

SoA Members and Associates are entitled to a 20% discount off their first full year of membership to the OWPG. Membership criteria apply. Please use the code SOA20 when applying.

Members of the OWPG, who have not already joined the SoA, are entitled to 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 on their first year’s membership. Please go to the ‘Facilities and Discounts’ section of their website to find out how.

sername SOA181 and password up6e8uYg. If these details do not work, please contact us.

Poetry Book Society

Become a PBS member today to keep up-to-date with the best new poetry from around the world!

The Poetry Book Society, founded by T.S. Eliot in 1953 to “propagate the art of poetry”, is dedicated to promoting the very best contemporary world poetry from a wide range of publishers. Every quarter, the PBS expert selectors choose the very best new poetry books to award the prestigious PBS Selections: PBS Choice, 4 Recommendations, Special Commendation, Translation, Pamphlet & Wild Card Choice.

Society of Authors’ members will receive a 10% discount on the PBS Full and Translation Memberships using the code SOA at the check-out on the PBS website!

Find more information on the PBS website and contact the PBS at [email protected] or at 0191 230 8100 for any enquiries. 

The Poetry Cafe

Members and Associates of the SoA will be given free membership of The Poetry Society’s Poetry Cafe at 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BU. 

Mention that you are a Member/Associate of the Society of Authors and you will be given a card making you a member of the cafe. Members of the cafe are able to order alcohol during daytime opening hours and have access to discounted tickets for some events held there.  

Please note that membership of the cafe is not the same as membership of The Poetry Society. Discounted hire fees for the cafe basement are only available to Poetry Society members. 

Romantic Novelists’ Association

The Romantic Novelists’ Association was formed in 1960 to promote romantic fiction and to encourage good writing, and now represents more than 700 writers, agents, editors and other publishing professionals.

Members and Associates of the Society are entitled to a 20% discount on on their first year’s Full or Associate membership of the RNA. To take advantage of this offer, please use application code SOA20 when applying to join.

Members of RNA, who have not yet joined the SoA, are entitled to 15 months’ SoA membership for the price of 12 when joining. Please contact the Membership Officer, Linda Hooper, at [email protected] for the application code to quote when applying.

Royal Over-Seas League

This club, with premises in central London and Edinburgh, offers Members and Associates of the Society of Authors a 5% joining fee discount.

Further details and an application form are available from The Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR. Tel: 020 7408 0214 ext 214 & 216. Email: [email protected]. Website:

Royal Society of Literature

The Royal Society of Literature has been nurturing, celebrating and defending all that is best in British literature, past and present, since 1820.

Members and associates of the SoA are entitled to a 20% discount when joining the RSL. To take advantage of this offer, use the code SOAM20OFF when joining online through the RSL website.

Union Club

The Union, situated in the heart of Soho in a listed Georgian town house, is a uniquely intimate private members club. A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by long term staff that care and know all members by name.

Interiors blend the elegant and quirky, antique and modern to perfect effect providing a distinctive setting for informal business meetings or an intimate evening with friends by the fireside. With a daily changing menu, a grand dining room, sunny roof terrace, four meeting rooms and a studio event space, the ambience is warm, interesting and friendly.

SoA members can join the Union at the discounted rate of £480 (or £40 per month) with a waived joining fee. To activate the introductory offer please email [email protected] and mention you are from the Society of Authors.