Join us to build on your skills, grow your career, find connections and make a difference for writers in Aotearoa

Build on your skills  

  • Develop your craft through our in-person and online workshops and roadshows 
  • Apply for our member-only mentorships, manuscript assessments, prizes, awards and pitching opportunities
  • Receive expert training in the business aspects of authorship
  • Get individual guidance and advice on all aspects of your professional life, and help with disputes or concerns (non-legal)
  • Stay up-to-date with trends and opportunities with our fortnightly newsletter, the Literary Bulletin

Grow your career  

  • Get individual guidance and advice on all aspects of your professional life, and help with disputes or concerns (non-legal)
  • Negotiate better agreements with our free confidential contract advice
  • Promote your books, launches or author appearances via our channels
  • Highlight your services and skills on our website and in our fortnightly Literary Bulletin and NZ Author
  • Access up-to-date information about writing, editing, marketing and publishing in Aotearoa

Connect with other authors

  • Connect with writers in your community by joining your local branch
  • Kaituhi Māori can also join Te Kaituhi Māori, a safe and supportive space for Māori writers
  • Young writers under 30 can also join Pens and PJs
  • Meet with writers across Aotearoa at online and in-person events
  • Connect with other professionals in the same boat as you  
  • Share your career and creative concerns with people who understand

Make a difference  

  • Support our campaigns to improve creative incomes
  • Be part of advocacy work to uplift and showcase the creative industries
  • Make your voice heard in an increasingly difficult profession
  • Join the fight to save libraries, improve literacy and defend the arts  

Save with our member discounts 

  • Access one free Writer Toolkit module per year of membership
  • Receive ongoing discounts for Webworkshops, Regional Roadshows and Writer Toolkits
  • Save with our member discounts on services from editors, proofreaders, digital conversion, typing services, book designers, bookstores and other arts venues
  • Apply for our open awards at a discounted rate
  • Browse free information and advice on essential guides and references including contract templates
More information about benefits

Pick the right membership for where you’re at

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, all disciplines are welcome. 

Membership Type
Full Membership This is suitable if you’re a published writer.
Associate Member This membership is suitable if you’re an emerging writer.
Student Member This membership is suitable if you are currently enrolled in a recognised writing course or attending high school. Please note that you need to be 16 years or older to join.
Affiliate Member This membership is suitable if you’re an organisation or corporate who wishes to support the work of the NZSA.

What do we mean by a ‘published writer’?

A published writer is someone who has written one or more of the following:

  • At least one book that has been published and made available for purchase in New Zealand by an established publisher; 
  • At least one book that they themselves have published and made available for purchase in New Zealand; 
  • 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 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 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 

Please note our membership is open to all New Zealand citizens and/or residents living here or aboard.


Membership Type Annual Fee (incl GST) Plus print copy of quarterly NZ Author (incl GST)
Full Membership $140 $155
Associate Member $140 $155
Student Member $70 $85
Affiliate Member $200 $215

Please note:

Membership is for twelve months and can be paid in one annual amount or monthly by AP. To work out the amount due per month, divide your annual amount into 12 payments.

  • If you are joining to apply for any of our opportunities which require membership (e.g. CompleteMS), you need to pay the annual amount. For future renewals, you can pay monthly.
  • Payment can be made via online banking or PayPal.
  • We offer a four-week trial period. If membership is cancelled during this time your payment will be refunded (minus a 20% administration fee).
  • Overseas members will receive all communications from the NZSA electronically.
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Renewing Member

If you want to renew your membership or re-join the NZSA, please make your payment via the options below then you can modify your details via the profile page. If you have forgotten your password, please click on forgot password and reset.

You can pay your membership subscription renewal by these methods: 

  1. 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. 
  1. Via Paypal:
  • Go to Send and Request. 
  • Enter and click Next. 
  • Enter the amount, choose the currency and click Continue. 
  • If available, choose your payment type. 
  • Choose how you want to pay and click Next. 
  • Review the information and click Send. 

Paying in instalments

You can now spread your annual renewal over the year (12 payments). To work out the amount due each period, divide your payment by 12 depending on which option you are choosing. Please set up an AP for this amount including your name, APRENEW and membership number. 

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