Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa

Welcome to ANFASA

ANFASA recognises that authors have the potential to influence society for the better, as expressed in the United Nations development goals of campaigning to end poverty, protecting the environment and promoting peace and prosperity. Authors played a significant role in the South African struggle for democracy and showed that authors can have power.

ANFASA’s overriding objective is to strengthen the voice of authors in the service of a democratic and egalitarian society

Call For Applications ANFASA Grant
Scheme For Authors

You could be the recipient of a grant of up to R30000 to write that very important academic or non-fiction work.

Closing Date 31 July 2020

Empowering Authors

ANFASA was formed as a national association especially for authors of general non-fiction works, textbooks and academic works, but it also welcomes authors of fictional works as members. Many non-fiction authors write fiction as well, and vice versa. Even more importantly, ANFASA’s programmes, and its objectives, apply broadly to all authors. ANFASA is dedicated to defending their intellectual property rights, to promoting their works and to sharing information and offering advice and expertise on writing and publishing. We call this empowering authors, and we are dedicated to this objective.


Educating Authors

In the 16 years since it was launched, ANFASA has, among other activities, held workshops on topics such as copyright and contracts and self-publishing; has run a course on biography writing; has organised conferences; has awarded writing grants to over a hundred authors; has advised many authors by e-mail on their publishing contracts; and has lobbied for copyright legislation favourable to authors.

Our Vision

ANFASA’s vision is to be a member-driven association to uphold and enhance the profile and status of authors in South Africa, through advocating for the recognition of their works and protection of their rights, in collaboration and cooperation with other stakeholders in the book value chain such as publishers, booksellers and libraries.

Become A Member


Life Membership

Applies to an ordinary member who pays 10 years membership fees up-front.

Life Membership

R1,500.00 for 10 years


Student Membership

For Registered Undergraduates

Student Membership

R75.00 / year


Associate Membership (For Organisations Only)

Applies to literary groups/writers’ organisations and to non-resident foreign nationals.

Associate Membership

R1,500.00 / year


Ordinary Membership

This membership applies to individual South Africans or foreign nationals resident in South Africa.

Ordinary Membership

R200.00 / year

Online Workshops


Among authors’ reasons for joining a professional association such as ANFASA, the need to know more about copyright and publishing contracts stands out as one of the most compelling.

ANFASA is a member of: