NZSA Membership Benefits
Your NZ Society of Authors membership gives you access to a wide variety of benefits. Along with our longstanding membership benefits, we have sourced a range of discounted services from editors, proofreaders, digital conversion, typing services, book designers and at bookstores! Visit the discount page for more details.
Here is a list of all the membership benefits now available to you.
- Information Services
- Advice and Advocacy
- Professional Development Programmes
- Awards, Grants, Residencies and Fellowships
- Promotional Opportunities
- Additional Services
New Zealand Author
Our quality quarterly magazine carries amongst other things, governance matters, updates from National Office, and local and international issues that impact on writing and getting published. It carries articles from industry professionals and writers, and first-person essays that inspire, inform and motivate, including the series Writers on Writers.
Fortnightly Literary Bulletin
Our popular LIterary Bulletin is emailed out and keeps members up to date with news about writers, writing and publishing. We also notify members about competitions, fellowships, awards and events and freedom of expression issues both locally and overseas. Our Death by Deadline calendar compiles all the opportunities in date order. The Literary Bulletin informs members about the Neilson Bestsellers book list and writers and book readings on radio and TV. Members can use the Literary Bulletin to celebrate successes, promote book launches, events and opportunities.
Professional Development Leaflets
A range of professional development leaflets cover several aspects of writing from finding a publisher to copyright protection. These nine leaflets are available to download in pdf format free in the members-only area of the website.
Advice and Advocacy
Members’ Consultancy Service
We have a committee who respond to contract queries. We also advise members on steps they can take when a publisher does not honour the terms of a contract or someone has illegally copied your work. NB: The committee gives recommendations based on their experience in the literary sector, not legal advice. The service is not a substitute for legal advice.
The main aim of the Society’s advocacy is to represent the professional interests of writers. To this end we actively lobby government, publishers, broadcasters and others to ensure that writers are treated fairly and adequately rewarded for the use of their intellectual property.
A number of model contracts are available in the members’ area of the website.
Professional Development Programmes
The NZSA adult mentorship programme is for writers and illustrators who want professional development, a safe space to discuss their work, intellectual community, role models, accountability and substantive feedback. Selection for places in this popular and successful programme is based on a competitive application process, open only to NZSA members. Adult programme opens for applications in November, Youth mentorship programme opens February
This successful programme provides writers with critical feedback on an advanced work of poetry, fiction, short fiction or non-fiction in order to bring it closer to publishable standards. Selection for places in this popular programme is based on a competitive application process, open only to NZSA members.
This popular programme operates throughout the year, offering 28 subsidised assessments. StartWrite offers a written assessment of a chapter sample (up to 6,000 words) and a 2-page synopsis. This non-competitive programme is particularly useful for writers seeking feedback at the early stage of their project and can assist with content, viability of concept, structure, character, and plot development, suggesting improvements and advice on the next step. StartWrite assessments are available at full price once all subsidised assessments have been utilised.
Awards, Grants, Residencies, and Fellowships
NZSA administers a range of literary and writing awards, grants, residencies and fellowships. Some of these are exclusive to NZSA members while others have a discounted entry fee for members.
- NZSA/CLNZ Research Grants – opens June
- CLNZ Writers Award – opens July
- Lilian Ida Smith Award – runs triennially
- NZSA / Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship – opens August
- Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished manuscript – opens July
- NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize – opens October
Watch the Literary Bulletin for any new additions to this list.
Members can easily create a dedicated profile page on our website. Profiles can include your photo, bio and book-cover images.
Monthly New Books Bulletin email
Members can promote their latest book free of charge in our monthly New Books List. This monthly email of new publications is sent out to NZSA members, posted to the NZSA Facebook page, and emailed to key stakeholders in the literary community.
A YouTube platform for members to read and promote their new books.
Promotion of Events and Opportunities
Members can promote opportunities, events, book launches and workshops on the authors.org.nz website.
Ghostwriters and Writers for hire service
The opportunity to list yourself and your skills with our Ghostwriters and Writers for hire listings. This list is made available to those seeking skilled writers to assist with paid writing projects.
Your book has been assessed, edited, designed and is going to press. How can NZSA help?
If you do not have distribution, submit details of your book for consideration for inclusion in our NZSA/PDL Distribution Service. If you do not yet have book trade representation, if you have published a book in the last 12 months and are a member of NZSA, you are able to submit to the selection process. See what books are benefiting from this service.
Booklets on Writers and Tax, Self-publishing: A writer’s guide, Marketing Your Book, Getting Published and The Business of Writing (a standard publishing contract explained) are for sale to members at a reduced rate. NZSA also stocks a range of industry specific selected discounted books.
Members Only Web Pages
The Members only section of this website is a source of information on all aspects of the publishing process including a range of contracts and guidelines for you to download. This is where you go to download leaflets and purchase discounted booklets.
Regional Branches and Hubs
Our eight regional branches (Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Central, Wellington, Top of the South, Canterbury and Otago/Southland) offer the opportunity to network with other writers, attend workshops, take part in seminars and social events, learn aspects of the craft of writing, enter branch specific competitions, hear speakers invited to Branch meetings and participate in decision-making about the Society.
An ongoing series of virtual professional development workshops. Members are able to attend these for half the price of non-members
A biennial conference from writers in Aotearoa. Members receive a significant discount to attend.