Organisations that assist writers

New Zealand Association of Literary Agents (NZALA) – The New Zealand Association of Literary Agents was set up to establish standards for literary agents operating within New Zealand.  All NZALA members subscribe to a code of ethics that includes working on commission, not charging upfront fees for the promotion of manuscripts, and not charging fees for reading manuscripts for agency purposes. They also offer tips on how to contact an agent.

New Zealand Libraries – Provide ongoing resources for new and established writers. These include catalogues of national and international writers and awards, books and electronic resources on all aspects of writing. Varying from city to city, libraries frequently offer space for book signing and talks by established and newly published authors.

New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors (NZAMA) – The NZAMA is a group of professional editors and writers who offer writers feedback on their manuscripts. The association set up in 2001, has a code of professional practice and behaviour. There are strict entry criteria for assessors, including knowledge of publishing and markets in New Zealand. Members are published authors, have worked for publishing companies or in book promotion.

New Zealand Book Council – Established in 1972 the main aim of this charitable organisation is to inspire and nurture both NZ writers and readers. It has a number of programmes which promote writers in the community including ‘Writers in Schools’, live literary readings such as ‘True Stories Told Live’, a public online publishing hub ‘Booknotes Unbound’, and an international travel fund. The website also includes advice and information for writers, and an author list.

Travcom – The official site of New Zealand Travel Communicators.  It encourages travel writing and travel photography both in New Zealand and internationally. Members include professional travel writers, photographers, authors, broadcasters, and public relations consultants.

Organisations that represent writers

Horror Writers Association – Formed in 1985, this is a non-profit organisation which promotes horror literature and its writers worldwide. Among its many resources, it sponsors the annual Bram Stoker and Lifetime Achievement Awards in dark literature, facilitates public readings and awareness, and offers a monthly magazine for members

New Zealand Christian Writers – Started over 30 years ago this is a national collective of writers, editors and published authors. They welcome beginner and established Christian writers and provide support through workshops, seminars and educational materials.

Food Writers NZ – This professional organisation provides a liaison point between food and beverage writers/illustrators and both individual and corporate writing markets. Among other benefits, members receive a bi-monthly newsletter and have access to an online database of members and markets.

New Zealand Poetry Society (NZPS) – For nearly thirty years the NZPS has been supporting New Zealand poets and poetry in its many forms. Members receive a bi-monthly magazine, news such as upcoming competition and awards, networking forums and an opportunity to publish in the NZPS annual anthology which details meetings and poetry events around the country.

New Zealand Writers Guild – This is the New Zealand writers’ representative in the entertainment industry, offering professional and legal advice and support. It is a non-profit association for scriptwriters in the fields of film, television, radio, theatre, video and multi-media. A member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) and affiliated with the Council of Trade Unions, it is also a Board member of the NZ Film & Television Awards Society and the Copyright Council.

Script to Screen
Established to develop the craft and culture of storytelling for the screen annual conference.

Toi Maori Aotearoa – Maori Arts New Zealand – Aimed at promoting all aspects of contemporary Maori art, this organisation also has a forum for new and established Maori writers. Within this organisation, the Writers in Te Reo committee exists to promote Maori knowledge through its language and to assist with publication.

Playmarket – Playmarket is New Zealand’s only playwrights’ agency. Their focus is the development, support and representation of New Zealand playwrights, both national and internationally.  They advocate for the continued growth of New Zealand theatre on our stages and co-ordinate a range of resources, services and opportunities for playwrights and those wishing to access New Zealand scripts.

Romance Writers of New Zealand – A long running non-profit organisation that provides a stimulating and encouraging romance writing community and supports both published and unpublished writers. The group holds regular regional meetings, offers advice and support on and offline, and frequently runs writing workshops and competitions. Their annual conference offers craft development and networking opportunities for editors and agents.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) – SFFANZ acts as a national body separate from, but involved with, existing science fiction and fantasy clubs. It encourages liaisons between existing fan groups, provides support for national conventions, organises awards and runs an interactive blog for members.

New Zealand Science Fiction – Follow this link for a list of Sci-Fi groups, clubs and societies.

SpecFicNZ – SpecFicNZ is the association for creators, writers and editors of speculative (ie horror, science fiction and fantasy) in or from New Zealand. It offers a blog, competitions, writing critiques and both in person and online networking.

Storylines Children’s Literature Trust – This charitable trust, run by dedicated professionals, promotes the importance of reading and literature for all NZ children and vigorously supports writers and illustrators of children’s literature. Providing an up to date newsletter, themed book lists, year book and national awards, it also runs a multitude of events such as the Storylines Festival, which offer interaction with authors, illustrators and performers. It has a strong relationship with multiple organisations such as the New Zealand Society of Authors, New Zealand Book Council, Booksellers NZ and others too numerous to list.

Organisations that inform writers

Arts & Letters Daily
An updated report of news and reviews on philosophy, aesthetics, literature, language, trends, breakthroughs, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art, disputes and gossip served up daily for your delectation.

Beatties Book Blog
The unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

The Big Idea
The Big Idea | Te Aria Nui community is a free to join networking and news resource for all creative New Zealanders. Create a profile, share your news, views, and access NZ events and job opportunities.

Buzz Words
Buzz Words is an Australian based e-zine for writers, illustrators of children’s and Young Adult books. It features interviews with editors, authors, illustrators, booksellers and publicists.

Creative People’s Centre
The Creative People’s Centre is both a community and a web based service for people involved in the arts and creative industries. On the CPC website you will find articles focusing on arts related topics; information about the latest CPC events plus legal fact sheets which provide a detailed insight into specific legal issues encountered in the creative industries.

An information packed website, with searches for writing competitions through to advice on publishing, agents and the art of writing itself.

Ministry of Culture & Heritage
An excellent website for New Zealand historical and cultural research, the MCH provides a multitude of links and resources on our history, including publications, oral histories, a how to guide on historical writing and online specialists for specific research questions.

Radio NZ
This link lists the regular slots and diverse daily programmes on National Radio related to books, authors and literature.

The Wellington Children’s Book Association
Support for New Zealand writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult books, but with a Wellington focus. This includes literary events for both local and overseas authors
A general information bank for writers of all genres, from starting out, through to publishing and marketing. Huge information resources including a daily newsfeed, book reviews and editorial services.

Other organisations

Arts Access Aotearoa
An advocate for creative New Zealanders who experience barriers in participating in the arts, from physical, sensory or intellectual impairment through to language difficulty, mental health and prison rehabilitation.

Arts Foundation of New Zealand
An independent charitable trust which promotes excellence in all art forms for the benefit of the people of New Zealand. The Icon Awards honour New Zealand’s senior arts practitioners. The NZ Laureate Awards support mid-career artists.

Booksellers New Zealand
Representing over 90% of New Zealand book publishers and booksellers BSNZ is committed to fostering a strong book industry. This includes the New Zealand’s book awards which recognise excellence in writing and publishing. It takes part in nationwide events, and actively promotes books through television, radio and the print media. The website includes up to date news from our literary industry.

British Council (NZ)
The UK’s agency for international cultural relations. It connects New Zealanders with creative ideas and learning opportunities from the UK including producing and supporting a variety of events in New Zealand such as performances, seminars, masterclasses and exhibitions.

Contains information of the various aspects of copyright and the law, including moral rights.

Copyright Licensing Ltd (CLL)
CLL is jointly owned by the Book Publishers Association of New Zealand Inc and the New Zealand Society of Authors. It represents book publishers and authors, from both New Zealand and overseas, in providing copyright licences to institutional and other users of printed copyright material in New Zealand. CLL provides general information about copyright and the copying of extracts from printed published works such as books, journals and periodicals in New Zealand. It provides licences for the reproduction of extracts from written works and distributes licensing fees to copyright owners.

Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA)
LIANZA is the professional body for those engaged in librarianship and information management. Its key annual project is the set of six Children and Young Adult Book Awards, which allow librarians to judge and celebrate the best of New Zealand literature.

NZ Books
A quarterly periodical dedicated to reviews and opinions on New Zealand fiction and non-fiction books and publishing.

NZ Herald
A link to the paper’s arts and book page, including reviews.

NZ Bookshop Day
A non-profit initiative and annual event showcasing our literary industry, from writers and publishers to bookshops and libraries.

Publishers Association of New Zealand Inc (PANZ)
Formerly BPANZ, this is the trade association of book publishers and distributors in New Zealand and represents the interests of the industry to government and other agencies. It has a free downloadable directory of publishers, also available in hard copy from the PANZ or NZSA offices.

International writing organisations

Australasian Medical Writers Association

For writers and editors who specialise in medical and health articles for both online and traditional publications. Membership includes job opportunities, networking, newsletter, mentorships, workshops and online forum and advice.

Australian Society of Authors – This national society runs a monthly e-letter and quarterly magazine for subscribers aimed at all writers and illustrators. It includes a multitude of resources, such as rates of pay, agents, tutors, mentorships and awards.
This site has a wealth of information for writers and some statistics on the US market.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
SFWA is a professional organisation for authors and illustrators of science fiction, fantasy and related genres, including graphic novels. It provides writing assistance, advocacy, support and promotion for its members. This includes the famous Nebula Awards.

UK Society of Authors
A long established UK body with over 9000 members, the society offers legal advice, support, events and significant grants and awards for established and emerging writers.


Creative New Zealand
This is our national arts development agency. It assists and funds numerous art forms, including literature, through fellowships, scholarships and grants. Writers seeking grants can apply for the Quick Response (three rounds/year) or Arts Grant (twice/year).

Generosity New Zealand (BreakOut)
A regularly updated database of scholarships, awards and with closing dates, application requirements and contact details. It is possible to access free online through subscribed libraries.