Morocco Library Project Short Story Competition

Morocco has a rich storytelling tradition, and we're thrilled to help launch a new generation of storytellers each year!

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The Top 3 Stories in 2021-22

In the 2021-22 Competition, the theme was "Life in Morocco" — past, present, or future. We received 25 stories from young writers all over the country, each one worthy of publication in our upcoming anthology. In May 2022, 3 stories were selected for special recognition. We were delighted that many of the writers this year chose to weave in a modern interpretation of a traditional Moroccan myth.

1. The Tale of Zhor: The Origin of Saffron by Aya Gallal from Moussa Ben Noussair High School, Marrakech

2. The Lady of The Tombs by Mohammed Laghmari from Taibatoune Private School, Fes

3. The Ghost of Justice by Siham Elbalegh from Ibn Hazm High School, Agadir


The Team This Year

Moulay Larbi Arbaoui, project manager & reviewer

Barb Mackraz, project manager & reviewer, US side

Mohammed Hassim, judge

Alice Calaprice, reviewer & editor

Mouhcine Abdechchafi, reviewer & judge


The ebook from the 2020 MLP Short Story Competition is available free on

If you'd like printed copies, please contact us.

Check back in fall 2022 for the next anthology.