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MLP Short Story Competition

Morocco has a rich storytelling tradition, and we're thrilled to help launch a new generation of storytellers each year! The writers are high school students studying English from all over Morocco.

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Our theme in 2023 was "family resilience," with many of the stories a modern twist on an old Moroccan folk tale. An anthology of over 20 stories from this Competition will be out in early 2024. Once again, with illustrations from Hajar Azizi.

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"Once Upon a Time in the Heart of the Atlas Mountains..."

The anthology from the 2021-22 MLP Short Story Competition is now in print. It's available at the Alfajr Book Store in Fes, or contact us for digital copies.

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The Team

Moulay Larbi Arbaoui, project manager & reviewer

Barb Mackraz, project manager & reviewer (U.S. side)

Philip Brebner, judge

Mohammed Hassim, judge

Mouhcine Abdechchafi, reviewer & judge

Alice Calaprice, reviewer & editor

Khrouch Hafid, book designer

Hajar Azizi, illustrator

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The anthology from the 2020 Competition is available free as a PDF.

Please contact us if you'd like print copies.

This edition features a story from the perspective of a boy with autism, from young writer Hiba Bakertit.

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