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. We are planning to do it again in 2021! Stay tuned!


Meet the Prizewinners

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

We'll share the stories in an ebook in early 2021, and a printed anthology will go in the school libraries. For now, meet the three prizewinners. Read Hiba's story!

Hiba Baqrtit

 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 in this video 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 who made this possible

Moulay Larbi Arbaoui, project manager

Barb Mackraz, project manager, US side

Mohammed Hassim, final judge

Khadija Sekkal, reader & judge

Mouhcine Abdechchafi, reader & judge

Thank you also to our cosponsor Hachette Book Group.

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