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Requests are dealt with as speedily as possible, but it is important to apply as far ahead of your deadline as you can. Due to the volume of requests we receive it can take up to six weeks to deal with a Permission request. Regrettably, we cannot accept telephone enquiries about permissions.

Please note that electronic rights, if granted, are treated separately to print rights and will be charged accordingly.

Permission is not granted until a signed agreement is in place. Our clients reserve the right to refuse permissions to reproduce their copyright material.

Fair Dealing

Limited extracts may be used free of charge providing correct attribution and acknowledgement is given if the work in which the extract is to appear is published for the purpose of criticism or review and if the extract falls into the following categories:

Prose: a single extract of up to 400 words or series of extracts, none exceeding 300 words, totalling 800 words (Biographies do not fall into this category)

Poetry: up to 40 lines providing no more than a quarter of the poem is used (if more than one poem, add up individual lines)

Fair dealing does not apply to anthologies, musical settings or when quoting from unpublished works.


The author images which appear on this site are subject to copyright laws and permission must be sought for any reproduction. Photographs of our authors may not be used without the prior consent of the copyright holder (usually the photographer) and a fee may be payable. To contact the copyright holder for each author image please follow the relevant link below the photograph.

For further information, you may find the Permission ‘Quick Guide’ section of the Society of Authors website useful.