Call for Submissions: The Youth Voiced: Morocco through African Short Stories.

Submission dates: 12 August- 12 October 2020.

We are very happy to announce the first Moroccan academic competition. The winners would be published in an edited book entitled The Youth Voiced: Morocco through African Short Stories.

About The Youth Voiced:

The competition is the first Moroccan initiative that valorizes academic writing among the Moroccan youth. It also aims to foreground academic writing as a strong, powerful medium. The latter is backgrounded in the Moroccan writing scene; it has been stereotyped as difficult, hard, and strict, yet this camouflages the caliber of academic writing. At The Olive Writers, we understand the importance of well-researched, argument-based articles because they sharpen our understanding of the Moroccan culture as well as “other” African cultures.

The Youth Voiced believes in the Moroccan youth’s academic prowess. Through submitting in this competition, each author can have personalized feedback on their submission. This would not only help in the betterment of their essays and articles but their writing in the university or professional life. The feedback given is paramount in the studies of our applicants, especially the Bachelors and Masters students.

The importance of the edited book materializes in the overlapping cultural forms between Morocco, as a North-African country, and “other” African countries. The former does not only appreciate the African postcolonial culture, but also attempts to bring the cultures together. The commonalities are socio-political, geographical, spatial, historical, and cultural; therefore, the edited book attempts a the linkage between the current Moroccan culture and the representations of the African culture.

Also, a publication in this peer-reviewed edited book would increase the authors’ visibility as prolific future researchers. It portrays the featured authors as motivated individuals that want their communities to champion research. Through submitting, the authors speak; our job is to make their voice heard.


The Youth Voiced is an academic writing competition for Moroccan Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. students. Authors from other institutions can also apply. International English Department students residing in Morocco are also eligible. Baccalaureate students are not eligible.

Process of Acceptance:

The competition follows a blind peer-review process in which the authors would remain anonymous. The submissions are evaluated solely on their articles. In case minor changes are needed in the article, the author would be contacted.

Submission Deadline:

Submissions’ deadline has been prolonged until the 12th of October 2020. The submission form would be closed on the 12th at 23:59 GMT+1.

 Submission Guidelines:

Before moving to the final submission form, we want you to follow these guidelines. If an article does not follow the submission guidelines, it will be immediately rejected.

For the Article:

Your article should be a comparative study in which you compare ONE of the African short stories we assigned to the Moroccan culture. That is, you would choose ONE theme, concept, or notion and compare it to the Moroccan culture. It is highly preferable to use literary theory and Postcolonial studies in your article.

Please download the following PDF file from which contains the short stories you have to choose; choose ONE and write your article according to the guidelines below. The link: here.

For the Essay:

Your essay should not use the assigned short stories; rather, it should be about the cultural and societal issues and discrimination which Sub Saharan Africans face in Morocco from your point of view. The essay is an opinion essay (references and citations could increase your chances of acceptance). Your essay should be written in 12pt, Times New Roman, and double-spaced. It should be between 1000 to 2500 maximum. Because it is an opinion essay, it should use the formatting of the article mentioned above, but without mentioning the headings’ titles. Your credentials should be on a different word.

For both:

1.   To ensure the anonymity and the blind peer-review process, write the following on a separate word document: Full name, affiliation, email, and a a short bio about yourself.

2.   The submission should be on another word document.

3.   Your Title should appear before the Introduction. It should be centered 14pt, Times New Roman.

4.   Your submission should be written in 12pt, Times New Roman, double-spaced, and follows the latest APA style of citation. It should be between 2000 to 4000 maximum. When in doubt, refer to this website here .

5.   Your article should follow the following format:

  •   The introduction section should contextualize your argument in relation to other research that has already been done. That is, you should define the concepts with which you are dealing in the article and why they are important.

  •  The Body could be divided into more than one section. It depends on the author, but each section should have its own title, rather than the old "section 1". It, the body, should consist of your main claim and supporting arguments. The latter should be illustrated through the short story which you have chosen. Reinforce your argument by citing theorists and scholars.

  •   The conclusion section should summarize your central claim and the main supporting arguments. It also should state.

  • The author could add an acknowledgment section, but it is NOT obligatory; it depends on the author.

  •   The references section should follow the APA style and cite ONLY the literature cited in the article. This section shows if the author has a strong literary caliber. Its importance is equal to the other sections.

Submission Form

Before the authors proceed to the final submission form, they should have already written their article.


For more information or questions, please contact:

The Olive Writers’ Facebook Page:

The Youth Voiced editor and coordinator (Rachid Benharrousse) at


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