Morocco Library Project Writing Competition

In Spring 2020 we held the 1st Morocco Library Project (MLP) Writing Competition, for emerging young writers in the deserts and mountains of rural Morocco. The writers are all at high schools in the MLP network, primarily in Amazigh communities. We have short stories from 21 students now and hope to publish them in an anthology, in printed and ebook forms. The printed books will go in the MLP libraries. In appreciation, all of the students who participated and their school libraries are receiving a great collection of books from OliveSeed and from our co-sponsor Hachette Book Group.

This is a culture with a rich storytelling tradition, and we are honored to help launch a new generation of storytellers in their first competition!


Meet the Prizewinners

"Draw your ideas with those letters." - Hiba Bakertit

We'll share some of the stories here soon, and all of the stories will be available in an ebook this fall. For now, meet the three prizewinners.

Hiba Bakertit

 Taroudant, Morocco 


Hiba's story, "Aiden," is an eye-opening and compassionate world view from the perspective of a boy with autism. Hear what she says about empathy, and her advice for other writers. Hiba is a student at Med V High School in Taroudant.

Ikram Lekdaoui

 Goulmima, Morocco 


Ikram's tale, "The Humanitarian King," is a timely story of two mythical lands in an age of pandemic. One has wealth; the other does not. Guess what happens? Ikram is a student at Med V High School in Goulmima, and we enjoyed her cautionary tale of good and evil.

Fadoua Elaik

 Guelmim, Morocco 


Fadoua's story, "Siren's Curse," is a retelling of the Greek myth of the sirens, with a positive twist of saving people during the push and pull of happiness and heartbreak. She wove her story through dialog. Fadoua is a student at Excellence High School in Guelmim.


The team in Morocco who made this possible!

Moulay Larbi Arbaoui, project manager

Mohammed Hassim, final judge

Khadija Sekkal, reader & judge

Mouhcine Abdechchafi, reader & judge

Please help us share these stories

Your gift today will publish the stories in ebook and printed form, bringing these deserving young voices to a broader world. The printed anthologies will be placed in the MLP school libraries. Just imagine the impact of having a story you wrote appear in a library shared with others!

Moon Travel Guides, the publisher of Moon Morocco and Moon Marrakesh & Beyond, is matching donations up to $1500. Since 1973, Moon has advocated for independent and ethical travel, and as an imprint of Hachette Book Group is committed to literacy, diversity, and fostering creativity.

We are grateful for your support. You may donate securely here online, or write Barb if you prefer to donate another way.

100% of your donation supports this initiative by funding books for students and libraries and publishing the stories. Your gift is tax deductible in the U.S. to the extent allowed by law. Thank you!

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