The Society of Authors- Grants

The Society of Authors administers a number of grants for writers. Grants help fund works in progress and support authors in financial difficulty.

Grants for works in progress:

  • The Authors Foundation
  • The K Blundell Trust
  • World of Books Impact Award

1 February, annually May
1 July, annually October

Contingency grants:

The Authors’ Contingency fund offers hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty. It helps writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others, whose author-related activities make up a substantial amount of their annual income. Grants range in value from £500 to £2,000 and are designed to meet immediate need.

Grants are there for a wide range of purposes. That could mean emergency relief to support you through the health crisis. Or it could mean help with an unexpected expense, so the inconvenience of a broken boiler, laptop or washing machine doesn’t become a crisis.

  • Make up lost income if you find yourself unable to work
  • Help cover a shortfall if a project falls through
  • Ease the impact on your writing career of illness or a domestic situation
  • Pay for a training course when you don’t have the funds
  • Help with one-off expenses, such as the cost of a new boiler or if your computer is on its last legs.
  • If you have any questions about the criteria or your specific needs, please email

You do not have to be a member of the SoA to apply.

Published on:
21 Apr 2021


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