Submit to Toitoi

Toitoi celebrates the ideas, imaginations and creative spirit of our young writers and artists. We publish material with an original and authentic voice that other young people can connect to and be inspired by and that reflects the cultures and experiences of life in New Zealand.

If you are a young New Zealand writer or artist and you are 5-13 years old, we would love to hear from you. 

All submissions must be your own original work and be previously unpublished. If you would like to illustrate a story or poem, please photograph or scan two examples of your very best work and send them to us. You are welcome to submit your writing and art together and to make multiple submissions.

All submissions should be emailed to editor@toitoi.nz with your contact details. For submission guidelines see our Frequently Asked Questions below.

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To be published at any age is a real thrill and a life-long ambition for many writers. To be published in a quality publication such as Toitoi at such a young age is extraordinary.
Melanie Koster
Creative Writing Tutor, Russley School, Christchurch

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can submit?

If you are a young New Zealand writer or artist and you are 5–13 years old, we would love to hear from you.

What can I submit?

Submissions may be anything you like!

For example:

  • stories
  • descriptions
  • poems
  • plays
  • cartoons
  • comics
  • myths
  • legends
  • songs
  • articles
  • recipes
  • essays
  • drawings
  • paintings
  • collages
  • sculptures
  • digital artwork
  • photography

We would be delighted to accept submissions in te reo Māori.

All submissions must be your own original work and be previously unpublished. We take plagiarism very seriously.

How do I make a submission?

Original submissions should be emailed to editor@toitoi.nz.

Please copy and paste your submission into an email message or send it to us as an attachment in a Microsoft Word document. Please do not send us password protected files or links to Google Docs.

Please include the following information with your submission: 

  • name
  • age
  • school
  • parent and/or teacher's name
  • telephone number
  • email address

If you would like to illustrate a story or poem, please photograph or scan two examples of your very best work and send them to us. 

You are welcome to submit writing and art together and to make multiple submissions.

When will I hear from you?

We are a small team and we do our best to respond to submissions quickly.

All successful writers and artists will be notified of their selection within four weeks of the submission deadline.

If you haven’t heard from us by then, please don’t be disappointed and don’t give up! We want to hear from you again. Start working on your next piece of writing or art and send it to us.

What happens if my work is selected for publication?

If your work is accepted for publication, we will send you a publishing agreement. You are the owner of your work and we need your permission to publish it.

If your story or poem is accepted for publication, we will send it to a young artist to be illustrated.

If you are accepted as an illustrator for Toitoi we will send you the story or poem that needs to be illustrated. You can illustrate it in any way you like, using any materials. You will have two weeks to complete your illustration.

IMPORTANT! Please make the orientation of your illustration portrait rather than landscape.

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You will need to send us your original illustration. Please do not fold or laminate it or send us a photocopy. Place your picture in a plastic file and write “Do Not Bend” on the envelope.

Please do not write your name anywhere on your artwork. You will be credited separately in the journal.

Please send your original illustration to:
Toitoi, P.O. Box 32274, Devonport, Auckland 0744

We will scan your picture and return it to you when the journal has been published.

You will receive two copies of the journal for you and your family to enjoy and your school will receive two copies for its library.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Toitoi arrives at schools like a bee box. The children unwrap the coloured string and brown paper to become writers and illustrators.
Kerrin Sharpe
Poet and Creative Writing Teacher, Christchurch