ALCS continues to support writers through the SoA Emergency Fund

ALCS has decided to continue its support for the Society of Authors' Contingency fund, which was set up to support writers who are in need.

ALCS – alongside the Royal Literary Fund, TS Eliot Foundation, English PEN, Amazon UK and Arts Council England – has contributed to the Society of Authors’ fund that will be paid out in grants to writers who have found themselves struggling financially.

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.

ALCS is a collecting society set up by writers, for writers. Paying money to writers through licensing when their works have been used is at the core of what we do. In September we will pay out millions of pounds to our members, but in these difficult and unique times, we wanted to support even more writers. While there are so many people struggling in lots of different ways from the current situation, financial support for writers is what ALCS is all about and financially the current climate is particularly worrying for those who are self-employed, which we know many ALCS members are.

We have a broad and varied membership, so it’s important to us that we help all types of writer and that any financial assistance offered is open to all. Our Board of Directors has decided to continue our contribution to the SoA Authors’ Emergency Fund, which will help writers in financial need.

About the Fund

Applicants do not need to be ALCS or SoA members; the fund is open to all professional authors who are resident in the UK or British subjects for whom author-related activity makes up a substantial amount of their annual income. The SoA have run this fund since 1960, so they have a great deal of experience in assessing applications and their approach is broad, agile and fast; aiming to turn around applications within weeks.

The Emergency Fund is open to all types of writer including:

  • Scriptwriters
  • Novelists
  • Non-fiction writers
  • Poets
  • Illustrators
  • Literary translators
  • Journalists

How to apply

If you’d like to apply, the criteria for applications can be found on the SoA website. You do not need to be an SoA member to apply:

About the Society of Authors

The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for all types of writers, scriptwriters, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. It has more than 11,000 members and has been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.