Southland District Libraries’ collections include a wide range of writing resources – you can find some of them on our library catalogue.

The Academy of New Zealand Literature

The Academy of New Zealand Literature is a writer-led initiative that aims to sustain active writing practitioners. It connects its community of writers to residencies, festivals, academic networks, and other opportunities; and promotes the diverse strands and vibrant voices of our contemporary fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. On the ANZL website you’ll find in-depth features, interviews, conversations, and news, as well as member profiles and bibliographies.

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly NZ Book Council) aims to promote books and reading in New Zealand. In support of this aim Read NZ runs a range of programmes, including the highly regarded Writers in Schools programme, which involves more than 40,000 children every year.

Read NZ's website includes a directory of national organisations, awards, festivals, writers’ residencies, writers’ grants, literary magazines & journals, and writing courses. The ‘Writers Files’ provides the most comprehensive collection of information about New Zealand writers available online.

The New Zealand Poetry Electronic Centre

The New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) is a project based at the University of Auckland to set up an electronic gateway to poetry resources in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific region. It aims to coordinate existing archival and publishing information, and to present some full-text electronic publication of poetry and commentary in consultation with authors and their publishers. nzepc also promotes live poetry events as and when resources permit and is committed to extending and documenting locations for poetry in the digital environment and its real-world counterpart. 

The New Zealand Poetry Society

The New Zealand Poetry Society supports and promotes poets and poetry in New Zealand. The Poetry Society organises and runs events for poets and poetry lovers, offers publication advice, and provides a poetry critique and advisory service. The Poetry Society also runs the prestigious NZPS Poetry Competition and publishes an annual anthology featuring the best poetry competition entries of the year. The Poetry Society’s quarterly magazine, a fine line, includes feature articles, book reviews, regional reports, letters, new poetry, and more.

The New Zealand Society of Authors

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) was established in 1934 as the New Zealand PEN Centre and remains the principal organisation for New Zealand authors. The Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) is a membership based arts organisation, representing over 1400 writers nationally through five regions, eight branches and many hubs. The NZSA website features writing news; writing and publishing resources; writer’s profiles; and information on awards, fellowships, grants, and events.