The main activities of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi are:

  • Encourage or arrange translations of literacy works from Malayalam to other languages and vice versa.

  • Publish literacy works including history of literature, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedia, directories of men of letters etc.

  • Award prizes and give recognition and assistance to individual writers.

  • Encourage cultural organizations engaged in the development of literature.

  • Organize or sponsor literacy conferences, seminars and symposia.

  • Promote and help research in the field of language and literature.

  • Promote cultural and literacy exchanges with other languages and writers.

  • Encourage propagation and study of literature among university students and the masses.

  • Organize camps and study classes on literature for young writers.

  • Help study tours by writers, organize cultural exchanges among men of letters.

  • Promote literacy and cultural programs among agricultural and industrial workers.

  • Conduct exhibitions of recognized works of great writers in order to assist and help the publication of these books.

  • Confer fellowships to distinguished writers