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. Here is a list of all the membership benefits now available to you. Buying books for gifts? Check out the updated discounting bookstores at the bottom of this list.

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Information 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.

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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.

Model Contracts

A number of model contracts are available in the members’ area of the website.

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Professional Development Programmes

Mentorship Programme

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.
Opens March


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.
Opens February

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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
  • NZSA / Auckland Museum Research + Residency Grant – annual
  • Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished manuscript – opens July.

Watch the Literary Bulletin for any new additions to this list.

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Promotional Opportunities

Members Profiles

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.

NZSA Writers Read

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 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.

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Additional Services

Discounted Booklets

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.

NZSA WebWorkshops

An ongoing series of virtual professional development workshops. Members are able to attend these for half the price of non-members

National Writers Forum

A biennial conference from writers in Aotearoa. Members receive a significant discount to attend.

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Members Discounts

We have negotiated some great discounts for our members. Let the service provider know that you want to take advantage of the NZSA discount when you access the service. You will need to provide your membership number.

Writing Courses

Creative Hub 10% discount on 30-week fiction course for NZSA members.

Editors, Proofreaders, Digital conversion, Typing services, Book designers

Barbara Unkovic – proof editor, specialising in fiction. Rate for NZSA members $25 per hour.

Language Matters – professional editing and proofreading – 10% discount for NZSA members.

Drill Press – Structural editing, copywriting, proofreading. Get 10% off. Get good words.

Cushion Editing Services  Expert copy editing and proofreading. A 15% discount for NZSA members.

Clearlingo – Professional proofreading and copy-editing service for fiction and non-fiction. South Canterbury. 15% discount to NZSA members.

Patricia Bell (Bellbird Words Proofreading, Editing, and Writing Services). Professional, highly qualified, and competitively priced. 15% discount for NZSA members.

Sue Copsey. Freelance editor offers a 20% discount for NZSA members

Deborah Shaw Editing and Proofreading. Offers a 20% discount for NZSA members.

Get it right editing services  15% discount on any work for NZSA members. As Debbie is in Australia the best method of contact is via email.

Proofreading and Editing Service  My charge for proofing and copy editing is $30 an hour (negotiable, depending upon what is involved). I offer members of NZSA a 20% discount.

Astute Editing & Proofreading  20% discount for NZSA members.

Mary Egan Publishing  Free eBook production (valued at $500) with every full production package (Internal design, cover design and page layout) through Mary Egan Publishing. Only for NZSA members. Can include up to 24 black and white photographs, no tables or diagrams.

Mebooks 20% off the cost of eBooks conversions to EPUB and Kindle mobi formats.

Meerkat Editing Services  $50 discount for editing and proofreading services to NZSA members.

Jo Murphy The service of editing and making suggestions free for the first short tranche of their work for NZSA members.

Writing Allsorts – 10% discount for NZSA members. Developmental and copy/line editing, proofreading; fiction and non-fiction.

Blue Leaf Book Scanning  20% discount for NZSA members. This discount will be in the form of a coupon code. Email for details.

DataNZ (digital conversion service) 10% for NZSA members.

Rosa Mira Books  Is happy to offer 30 minutes of introductory time, whether to talk on Skype about a project, or to read and comment on a page of text, for example an opening page.

Ebooks by Design  15% discount for NZSA members. Also provides a free no obligation sample of book in both major ebook formats (mobi and epub) so that client can see how their book will look and check out the standard of conversion they can expect.

Frog Pool Typing 20% discount for NZSA members.


Caroline Barron 10% discount for NZSA members.

Norman Bilbrough 10% discount for NZSA members.

Frances Cherry 10% discount for NZSA members.

Jenny Argante 10% discount for NZSA members.

Rae McGregor 10% discount for NZSA members.

Workshops and Tutors

Bronwyn Elsmore  10% discount for NZSA members.

Melinda Szymanik  25% discount on workshops for NZSA members. 90-minute workshops are discounted to $225 for NZSA members (up to 15 participants). A 60-minute talk is discounted to $150 (plus travel) for NZSA members.

Kathryn Burnett  15% discount to NZSA members on Screenwriting and Ideation Workshops. NB: this offer is only available for workshops where Kathryn is in charge of the admin.

Discounting Bookstores & Stationery Stores


Paper Plus  10% discount (at participating stores – Bethlehem, Glenfield, Kerikeri, Levin, Lower Hutt, Meadowbank, Mt Maunganui, Remuera, Rotorua, Forrest Hill, Te Awamutu, Te Rapa, Petone, Dunedin)


Dorothy Butler Bookshop 10% discount
Time Out Bookstore
10% discount
Unity Books 10% discount
Pathfinder Bookshop 10% discount (online only)
Women’s Bookshop 10% discount
Hard to Find Books 10% discount
Poppies Bookshop (Remuera) 10% discount


Poppies Bookshop 10% discount

Havelock North

Wardini Books 10% discount


Beattie & Forbes Booksellers 10% discount

New Plymouth

Poppies Bookshop 10% discount


Hedley’s Booksellers 10% discount


Children’s Bookshop 10% discount
Unity Books
10% discount
Vic Books (Kelburn Campus) 10% discount
Vicbooks (Pipitea Campus) 10% discount
Arty Bees Books 10% discount


Scorpio Books 10% discount
University Bookshop Ilam
10% discount
Piccadilly Bookshop 10% discount


University of Otago Bookshop 10% discount

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