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About us

AdobeStock_414083853.jpegThe 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 over 12,000 members and 31 staff, the SoA provides unlimited, free advice 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, 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 modern offices on Bedford Row near Holborn, London.

Inclusion, diversity and representation are at the core of our values. We are an organisation that aims 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 London Living Wage Accredited Employer and we're Disability Confident - Committed.

Benefits include:

  • Living-Wage-Employer-Logo-(1).PNGCompetitive 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
  • dc_badge1-(002).pngPrivate 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.

Current vacancies

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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. Find out more

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're interested in getting involved with the work of the Society of Authors, get in touch.