Society of Authors
|Full name||Society of Authors|
|Key people||Lindsey Davis, chair|
|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.
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' Lending and Copyright 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
Prizes for fiction and non-fiction administered by the Society include:
- The Betty Trask Award
- The Cholmondeley Award
- The Elizabeth Longford Prize
- The Encore Award
- The Eric Gregory Award
- The McKitterick Prize
- The Richard Imison Award
- The Sagittarius Prize
- The Somerset Maugham Award
- The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award
- The Tom-Gallon Award
- The Travelling Scholarship
The Society also administers a number of literary translation prizes, including:
- Scott Moncrieff Prize for French Translation
- Hellenic Foundation for Culture Award for Greek Translation (triennial)
- Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German Translation
- The German Embassy Award for German Translation
- Bernard Shaw Prize for Swedish Translation (triennial)
- Vondel Prize for Dutch Translation (biennial)
- Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Portuguese Translation (triennial)
- Premio Valle Inclan for Spanish Translation
- John Florio Prize for Italian Translation (biennial)
- Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation (annual)
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- "Society of Authors -Prizes for fiction and non-fiction". Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-21.