Society of Authors
The Society of Authors (SoA) has administered the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography since 2003, when the prize was first run. The SoA is a trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators. They have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.
The SoA awards grants and prizes to support and celebrate authors at all stages of their careers. Their awards for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation and drama, are worth more than £100,000 in prize money each year, and they distribute grants worth more than £230,000 to help authors complete works in progress. They also administer the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award.
Chief Executive, Society of Authors
Nicola’s role includes protecting authors’ interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, and campaigning for authors’ rights, including copyright, e-book rights, Public Lending Right, defamation reforms and freedom of speech. Nicola is a solicitor and a Deputy District Judge in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. She has an in depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the many associated legal areas, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract. She is also Director of Literary and Dramatic Works at the British Copyright Council and a committee member of the International Authors Forum.
Awards Secretary - Awards, Prizes & Grants
Paula Johnson oversees a portfolio of 22 grants, awards and prizes for writers at the Society of Authors, for fiction, poetry and non-fiction, and which include Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award alongside the Elizabeth Longford prize for Historical Biography. A former publisher and literary editor, she is an Associate Director of the Royal Society of Literature and is a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund.