NZSA Membership


Am I eligible to join?

Our membership covers a wide range of writers, illustrators and industry professionals at every stage of their careers. From journalists to comic artists, scriptwriters to bloggers, novelists to games writers and translators to poets, our members across many disciplines.

If you are a published writer, we warmly welcome you as a Full Member.

If you are serious about writing, but just starting out and  would like to benefit from our advice, training and resources, or if you are interested in industry issues and keen to support the author’s peak body, then we would welcome you as an Associate Member.


With more than 85 years’ experience across the book industry NZSA can help you to:

Build your career

  • Receive expert training in the business aspects of authorship
  • Negotiate better agreements with the help of our contract advisory
  • Seek guidance and advice on all aspects of your professional life
  • Get help with disputes or concerns (non-legal)
  • Stay appraised of all events and trends in the industry through our literary bulletins and NZ Authors magazine, which are exclusive benefits of membership
  • Follow our Death by Deadline opportunities for submissions
  • Use our sales and marketing services to help promote and sell your book
  • Take advantage of applying for the mentorships and awards we administer
  • Meet other writers through branch meetings, workshops and conferences

You can make a difference by supporting our advocacy for:

  • Fair publishing contracts
  • A robust and equitable copyright regime
  • Fair pay for creators
  • Public Lending Right expansion to compensate exceptions including digital and audio, school libraries and Marrakesh exceptions.
  • School and library purchasing budgets to be awarded to NZ businesses.
  • A quota for NZ literature in the English curriculum and in NZ media
  • Equitable funding for the NZ literary sector

Membership options

NOTE – there is a $10 administration fee for New and Rejoining members – to be added to the annual subscription.

There are several membership options available. Read through to see which level of membership suits your needs.

Associate Membership
Available to citizens and/or residents of New Zealand who are interested in the profession or craft of writing, but don’t yet meet the criteria for Full Membership. (Associate Members can move to Full membership once they meet the Full membership criteria). Associate membership has the same opportunities and benefits as a Full Member with the exception of standing for National Council or National President.

  • Subscription – $130 per annum GST incl. (+ $10 joining fee for new and rejoining members)
  • Subscription with print copy of quarterly NZ Author magazine – $145 per annum GST incl. (+ $10 joining fee for new and rejoining members)

Full Membership:

Available to citizens and/or residents of New Zealand who have met one or more of these criteria:

  • Written at least one book that has been Published and made available for purchase in New Zealand by an established publisher;
  • Written at least one book that they themselves have Published and made available for purchase in New Zealand;
  • Written more than five shorter works of fiction or non-fiction that have been Published by a recognised publisher or which they themselves have Published and which, in the sole discretion of the Management Committee, indicate an intention by that author to be seen as a writer of professional standing;
  • Written a play or other script that has been produced on stage, radio, television, a recognised internet platform, or other medium, or lyrics that have been Published with a musical score; or
  • Written a work or works or otherwise engaged in activities that, in the sole discretion of the Management Committee, indicate an intention on the part of that person, to be seen as a writer of professional standing, or show that person to be a strong supporter of, or participant in, the profession or craft of writing

Only Full Members are allowed to stand for election to our National Council or as National President.

  • Subscription – $130 per annum GST incl. (+ $10 joining fee for new and rejoining members)
  • Subscription with print copy of quarterly NZ Author magazine – $145 per annum GST incl. (+ $10 joining fee for new and rejoining members)

Student Membership
We offer a reduced subscription to students. Benefits are the same as for the Associate Membership. (Available to any person enrolled in a recognised writing course on
production of a current student ID.  A current student ID must be presented each year when Student Membership is renewed.)

  • Subscription – $65 per annum GST incl. (+ $10 joining fee for new and rejoining members)
  • Subscription with print copy of quarterly NZ Author magazine – $80 per annum GST incl. (+ $10 joining fee for new and rejoining members)

Affiliate Membership
For corporate and sister organisations. (Available to organisations which, in the sole discretion of the Management Committee, support the Society’s Purposes.)

  • Subscription – $175 per annum GST incl. (+ $10 joining fee for new and rejoining members)

Overseas
If you are a New Zealand writer living overseas, you can still join the Society.

  • Subscription – $150 per annum GST incl. and includes PayPal costs (+ $10 joining fee for new and rejoining members)

Monthly Payment
Monthly payment options are available to Full and Associate Members living in NZ.
Subscription – $21.67 per month incl GST over 6 months; $23.33 per month incl GST for NEW and REJOINING members. Proof of Automatic Payment facility to be provided.

Membership runs for a full twelve month period from the date of joining.  There is a 4 week trial period after which no refund will be available. If membership is cancelled during the 4 week trial period payment will be refunded (minus a 20% administration fee).

You can pay your membership subscription renewal by these methods:

  • Via online banking and bank deposit our details are: BNZ, The New Zealand Society of Authors. Account number: 02 0112 0045385 00. Please write your name in the details line.
  • Via Paypal: To do so you need to log in to your Paypal account

Click > send money
Email > director@nzauthors.org.nz
Enter > the amount
Then follow the instructions to complete payment

If you have any queries about membership NZSA to email us at office@nzauthors.org.nz

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