Craig Cliff (born 1983) is a New Zealand short story writer and novelist. He won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book for his short story collection A Man Melting.
His first novel, The Mannequin Makers, was published in 2013. According to Sam Finnimore in The New Zealand Listener, "The Mannequin Makers lives up to its cover blurb billing Cliff as a talent to watch – it’s tremendous, darkly entertaining and original from start to finish."
Cliff graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with an MA in Creative Writing. His column appears in the The Dominion Post. He participated in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program in 2013.
In 2015 Cliff was a recipient of Eleanor Catton's Horoeka Grant. In response he wrote an essay on the rise of professional video gaming.A Man Melting Vintage, 2010, ISBN 978-1-86979-192-6
The Mannequin Makers Vintage, 2013, ISBN 978-1-77553-384-9