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ALCS makes sure writers are paid what’s due to them when people use their work.
We collect money from all over the world, then pay it to our members. So far we’ve paid a total of £450 million. We also campaign to ensure writers' rights are recognised and rewarded, and teach people what copyright is all about. We have around 90,000 members, and are a not-for-profit organisation. We were started by writers, for writers, and have been going since 1977.
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Payments were made on Friday 24 March to members who were due money in the March distribution.
To coincide with this month's announcement of the shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway (CKG) Medals – the UK's most prestigious children's book awards – the ALCS-sponsored CKG shadowing scheme and annual writing competition has also now been launched.
We are pleased to announce that the two successful candidates from the recent ALCS Board Elections are Jonathan Fryer and Joan Smith.
The winner of the 2016 Educational Writers’ Award is This is Not a Maths Book: A Smart Art Activity Book, written by Anna Weltman, and illustrated by Edward Cheverton and Ivan Hissey.
The Ruth Rendell Award was presented to bestselling author and former soldier Andy McNab by Ruth’s son, Simon Rendell, at the All Party Parliamentary Writers Group Winter Reception. The Award was launched in memory of the novelist Ruth Rendell by the National Literacy Trust and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, to celebrate the author or writer who has done the most to raise literacy levels in the UK.