Translators Association

The Translators Association (TA) was set up in 1958 to provide literary translators with an effective means of protecting their interests and sharing their concerns.

The TA is a source of expert advice for individual literary translators and also a collective voice representing the profession as a whole.

Translators automatically become a member of the TA on joining the SoA. It is run by a committee of 11 elected members and a professional secretary at the SoA, Catherine Fuller.

The TA is actively involved with the Literary Translation Centre at the London Book Fair and the annual International Translation Day event at the British Library.

The group was instrumental in the introduction of Public Lending Right for translators and also introduced a basic publishing agreement for translation contracts, which is now used widely.

Reasons to Join the TA

  • Contract vetting: individual advice on your publishing contracts.
  • Business advice and support on professional issues.
  • Tailored meetings and events on literary and professional topics, and social events.
  • In addition to The Author, the SoA's quarterly magazine, TA members receive In Other Words, the journal for practicing literary translators published by Writers' Centre Norwich
  • A regular TA newsletter with news, events and opportunities
  • Free guides and articles on a range of topics of interest to all writers, including Copyright and Moral Rights, Libel, and Publishing Contracts.
  • Free Guide to Translator/Publisher Contracts contains a basic agreement and is also available to non-members for £10.
  • Free Guide to Author Commissioned Translations. This guide is available to non-members for £10.
  • Access to the new TA discussion forum.
  • Supports the TA Diaspora — a network of literary translators who translate into English, but who are based in non-English speaking countries.


The negotiation of fees is a matter for the individual translator and client to resolve. In the SoA's experience, we have found that UK publishers are prepared to pay in the region of £95 per 1,000 words. Translators may also find it useful to note the payment model used by independent publishing house And Other Stories.

For poetry we have observed payment in the region of £1.10 per line with a minimum of £35 per poem. 

Don't forget that SoA members are entitled to unlimited, personal advice from the SoA advisory team.

For further advice contact Catherine Fuller.


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