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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 published in 2024.

Costa Goldex Young Writer's Prize

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Costa Coffee Morocco will honor one of our student writers with their Goldex Young Writer's Prize, in a ceremony at the next Marrakech English Book Festival (MEBF) in Jan 2025. It's exciting to imagine these budding young writers honored in this way. Thank you Costa and MEBF!

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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.


The MLP Story Team

Moulay Larbi Arbaoui, project manager & reviewer

Barb Mackraz, project manager & reviewer

Philip Brebner, judge

Mohammed Hassim, judge

Mouhcine Abdechchafi, reviewer & judge

Alice Calaprice, reviewer & editor

Khrouch Hafid, book designer

Hajar Azizi, illustrator


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


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

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