The Academy

The Academy of New Zealand Literature / Te Whare Mātātuhi o Aotearoa is a writer-led initiative developed as a platform to support and promote contemporary New Zealand writers.

We work to connect our community of writers with residencies, festivals, academic networks and other opportunities around the world.

On our web site you’ll find in-depth features, conversations, interviews, excerpts and essays, exploring the diverse strands and vibrant voices of our contemporary fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.



The ANZL has fifteen Fellows, all with substantial bodies of work. A number of Fellows have been featured in long interviews on the site, discussing their books and careers.

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Our invited Members are active practitioners of fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction for adults. All have published at least two full-length books with an established publisher; the most recent book must have been published within the last ten years.



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Twice a year we produce an e-book showcasing recently published members who are interested in participating in literary festivals around the world. The latest downloadable e-book is available here: Author Showcase E-book

'One of writing’s greatest magics is to allow us – to use Kiri Piahana-Wong’s phrase – to slide outside the trap of time.' - David Taylor

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