Society of Authors

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Full name Society of Authors
Founded 1884
Members >9000
Country United Kingdom
Key people

Anne Sebba, Chair

Philip Pullman, President
Office location London, UK

The Society of Authors (UK) is a trade union for professional writers that was founded in 1884 to protect the rights of writers and fight to retain those rights, with particular attention to copyright protection and, later, the establishment of Public Lending Right.


It has counted amongst its members and presidents numerous notable writers and poets including Tennyson (first president), George Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, John Edward Masefield, Thomas Hardy, H. G. Wells, J. M. Barrie and E. M. Forster.[1]

Bernard Shaw was an early member who took a prominent part in action and discussions, founding the League of Dramatists in 1931 as part of the Society. The Authors' Licensing and Collection Society was also formed after much action by the Society.

In 1958 the Translators Association (TA) was established as a specialist group within the Society of Authors.

Awards and prizes[edit]

Prizes for fiction and non-fiction administered by the Society include:[2]

The Society also administers a number of literary translation prizes, including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Society of Authors - history". Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Society of Authors -Prizes for fiction and non-fiction". Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 

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