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A poem and drawing from Toitoi: and an invitation to submit new work



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I have been reading my way through the gorgeous new issue of Toitoi – a magazine that publishes writing and illustrations by children aged 13 and under.

Charlotte kindly gave me permission to publish this terrific poem by Lani (5) and equally terrific drawing by Lucy (9). The poetry is all so good – but so is everything else.  See if you can find a copy for your self and get inspired!

It is now time to send in more submissions so check out the details below.



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All submissions must be your own original work and be previously unpublished.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 here


Deadline: November 30th






The Sapling’s Sarah Foster talks to the editors of two excellent journals for school-age writers

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Sarah Foster talks to Charlotte Gibbs, editor of Toitoi, and Melanie Dixon,the new editor of Write On. These journals accept submissions from young writers – primary school age!

They are a terrific boost for young writers and illustrators – such huge benefits for our writing communities.

You can read the interview and find essential links here.



A letter from the editor of Toitoi: the new issue is now out



Summer issue (number 10!) now out

Children can now send in writing (and other things) for the next issue. You have until April 13!

Go here


Submit to Issue 12

Submission Deadline

April 13, 2018

Find out more

From the Editor

Welcome to the first Toitoi Quarterly Newsletter for 2018. It is hard to believe it is March already! I also can’t believe that we have just published our tenth issue. It feels like a really special milestone and I would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged us to reach it. A special congratulations to Mikah Miller who created the awesome octopus on the cover and to all of the young writers and artists who contributed their fabulous stories, poems, cartoons, commentaries and artwork.

We have spent the last few weeks sharing Toitoi with young people all over New Zealand. What has struck me the most on our school visits is how young readers of all ages are instantly engaged by the journal. When they first pick it up, they flick through the pages and peer closely at the illustrations. There are always lots of whoops as they examine the incredible artwork. They immediately check the credit to see how old the artist is! Within minutes, they are deeply immersed in the writing and art of their peers. It is very powerful.

Back at Toitoi HQ, we have also had a busy start to the year with lots of change and excitement. We have recently moved offices and welcomed two new team members – Cait Kneller and Venice White – both inspiring young women who are curious, courageous and creative. Grace and I are delighted to have them – and you – on this journey with us.

With best wishes, Charlotte

Young poets (5 – 13) can submit poems to the excellent Toitoi




This is a very cool journal for young writers and illustrators.

Check it out here.

You can go on their mailing list here and get a free copy of Toitoi.

Here is a taste of Toitoi Quarterly Newsletter:
Submit to Issue 10
Submission Deadline
September 29, 2017
Find out more

From the Editor

We are delighted to bring you Toitoi 8 with 100+ pages of awesome writing and art by Kiwi kids. A special congratulations to 10-year-old Isabella Lee for the spectacular cover artwork. You can see more of her illustrations in the gorgeous story “Can Kiwis Fly?” by 11-year-old Frederieke Beekmans in the pages of the journal.

Over the past few months, Grace and I have been working hard to celebrate New Zealand’s young writers and artists and spread the word about the journal. We have started visiting schools as part of our Toitoi on Tour programme and last month I was thrilled to talk to Kathryn Ryan on RNZ’s Nine to Noon about how Toitoi started and what we are trying to achieve. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below. It made me realise how far we have come in such a short time. Thank you so much for supporting us on this incredible journey!

With best wishes,


Toitoi on Tour
Congratulations to Katrina Hsieh from Grey Main School. Katrina won the Teacher Subscription for nominating her school on Facebook to get a visit from Toitoi! We are putting together a schedule of schools to visit and we can’t wait to meet you all.

Thanks to Thames South School, Ngatea Primary, Pillans Point School, Te Kuiti Primary and Goodwood School for having us over the last few weeks. We hope we have inspired your young writers and artists!

Toitoi 8 for young writers is now out – a great opportunity for Primary and Intermediate ages

This is a terrific place for young writers and artists to send work – Primary School and Intermediate ages!

Check out the latest issue so you feel inspired to send in work to the next one. Or get invited to illustrate!

I think the cover is magnificent!



We are delighted to introduce Toitoi 8! Congratulations to 10-year-old Isabella Lee on her fantastic cover illustration. Check out more of her work in the story “Can Kiwis Fly?” by Frederieke Beekmans, age 11, on page 60.


Get your copy of the journal at here.



Don’t forget to check out Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists




You can go Toitoi website here

Submissions for next issue close on September 23, 2016

You can submit writing but you can also send in sample illustrations if you would like to illustrate a poem or story by someone else.

It is open to children aged 5 to 13.


The editors especially like: poems and stories that reflect culture and experience in New Zealand.



Toitoi is a terrific new journal for young writers and artists – they publish poems!

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The very lovely Alice at Port Chalmers showed me this journal. Some of her students have work in it.

Then the editor sent me a copy! It is really really good. You can send in sample  drawings to see if you can illustrate poems or stories by other children. You can send in poems and stories.

I was so delighted to see Monica from (I know her from Christchurch) had done the cover drawing.

This is where you can go to check out submission details.


This seems like a great thing to work on over the summer. I think the poems in the first issue are wonderful. Congratulations!



Toitoi 2 is already in the pipeline but

Submissions close for Toitoi on Friday, February 19, 2016​.