Creating Opportunities

for access to

literary rights.

We're changing the narrative for local and international literature professionals

The Sharjah International Literature Agency (SILA) is an initiative birthed by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) that aims to advance the international careers of local authors, publishers, translators, agents and other industry-related professionals by promoting and trademarking literary rights.

As a representative of academics in literature across the Middle East, our suite of comprehensive services is geared towards paving the way towards new opportunities that currently don't exist within the region. SILA provides a platform for literary professionals to obtain the literary rights required to translate the copyrighted works of current authors, driving international recognition of published local literature.

As a vision of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), SILA endeavours to address the current shortfalls of literary agencies within the region, leveraging the awareness of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) within the Middle East and beyond to drive opportunities for further success among local scholars and agents alike.



“Those of us who enjoy reading in the emirate of Sharjah are very keen to create a reading community and promote the benefits of reading among children. For that reason we provide the best, most suitable books for all the family. We believe that books must be available to all and from this concept we turn book fairs into an oasis of knowledge and enlightenment.”


Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

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I joined SBA after spending years at the Department of Culture and Information in Sharjah. I found myself immersed in a wonderful and progressive literary universe the minute I assumed responsibility as chairman.

They say “your job shapes your identity”, in one way or another. Mine has helped me discover my true self. The world of literature is such an emotive one that one cannot see it as purely business.

Ahmed Al-Ameri

Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority

The SILA Mission and Vision

As a novel idea born from the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), we share its vision and mission to create a world of avid readers through promoting literary rights in the UAE and beyond. The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is a governmental entity that was established in 2014 and has built a well-established presence within the region over the last 8 years. The goal at SILA is to rewrite the script of the current local literature industry, both regionally and globally through the acquisition of literary rights.

SILA aspires to close the gaps that currently exist. This includes a lack of access to literary rights in the region that prevent professional writers from having their copyrighted work translated and made available worldwide. We also seek to cater to the needs of readers and book enthusiasts by driving growth within the local and international publishing industry.

This growth is what will undoubtedly drive economic revenue whilst simultaneously creating a wealth of opportunities by providing access to literary talent to those who need it.

What we do

Our comprehensive service offering Our suite of tailored solutions provide you with the necessary support in your literary journey, acting as a gateway to acquiring literary rights for copyrighted literature.

  • Providing a platform for local and international authors: SILA acts as an online platform where local and international authors can distribute their copyrighted work across a host of regional and international domains.
  • Creating a space for publishers to list authors: Local and international publishers can gain access to our platform where they can list the authors with whom they collaborate to drive publications across various languages and media platforms.
  • Connecting publishers to authors:SILA acts as a sub-agent between local and international publishers and literary agencies to aid the purchase of translation rights across various languages to the required parties.

Publishers we work with

Our publication partnerships Bringing pen to paper, We collaborate with a variety of renowned local and international publishers who make it possible for your copyrighted work to be translated and published.
if you are a publisher and you wish to work with us, please contact our team at publishers@sla.ae and they will get back to you as soon as possible

Become a member

Fill in your details below to become a SILA member and start enjoying the benefits of securing translation rights for your work.

P.O. Box 73111, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

00971 651 401 11

Toll-Free: +971 800 BOOKS(26657)

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