The Costa Goldex Morocco Book Award &

Young Writer’s Prize

We are thrilled to introduce The Costa Goldex Morocco Book Award & Young Writer’s Prize, 2 initiatives aimed at fostering education, literacy, and the growth of English literature in Morocco!

About The 2 Awards...

The Costa Goldex Morocco Book Award will be granted to a Moroccan-authored book written and published in the English language. This annual award seeks to celebrate aspiring Moroccan authors and promote their works on a national scale.

The Costa Goldex Young Writer's Prize will be in recognition and support of the already existing Moroccan high school short story competition organized by the Morocco Library Project (MLP) and the Olive Seed Foundation. The MLP holds an annual English short story writing competition throughout the country, with the best stories being published as an anthology. Both awards will be presented annually in January at a special ceremony during the Marrakech English Book Festival (MEBF) and the winning writers will be featured guests of the literary event. The first award ceremony will be held during the next edition of the MEBF over the weekend 17th to 19th January 2025.


The winning author of the Costa Goldex Morocco Book Award will receive a distinguished cash prize of 25,000 DH, accompanied by a national promotional campaign orchestrated by Costa Goldex Morocco to promote the winning author and enhance the sales of his book.

The overall winning young writer of the Costa Goldex Young Writer's Prize will receive recognition and support, including a cash prize and assistance in publicizing and distributing the anthology of short stories through Costa Goldex's national network of stores.

Shortlisting & Recognition

A shortlist of 3 exceptional books will be unveiled approximately 3 months prior to the Marrakech English Book Festival. While only one book will clinch the top honor, authors of the shortlisted titles will receive commendations from the Awards Committee during the awards ceremony held during the MEBF.


Please read the Terms & Conditions carefully as they will be strictly enforced. Eligibility will be verified.

For any questions regarding eligibility or late submissions, contact the Marrakech English Book Association at

Note: We do not accept books published solely online, anthologies, or translations.


Deadline for submissions is Midnight 31st July 2024

Publishers may submit multiple books by different authors, but only one book per author will be considered.

A Moroccan literary book is defined as a work of fiction, non-fiction, a collection of stories, or poetry published in book form, authored by a Moroccan citizen or a resident at the submission deadline.


  • Books must be authored by Moroccan nationals or residents (officially) at the submission deadline and must be commercially available in printed form in Morocco at that time.

  • Books solely published online are not eligible. Self-published books must be available in physical form through a Moroccan distributor or bookseller.

  • The author must be alive at the submission deadline.


  • Submit three physical copies and a PDF of each book, along with a completed Entry Form, by the submission deadline.

  • Entries must be in book form with an ISBN ( International Standard Book Number)

  • Authors can submit their own books, or third parties can submit with the author’s permission. Submissions by publishers, distributors, or booksellers imply the author’s consent for consideration.


  • Entry implies that the winning book will be published in paperback promptly for sales opportunities.

  • Publishers and authors of shortlisted and winning books must cooperate with Costa Book Awards for publicity. Winners must cooperate with media post- announcement.

  • Publishers must provide additional copies for publicity purposes (Minimum 5 copies) all books are non-returnable. Publishers should use provided artwork for promotional materials and ensure Costa Book Awards crediting on all editions.


  • The Costa Award Winner must attend the Costa Book Awards press conference and ceremony at the Marrakech English Book Festival (MEBF). They should also appear at the International Book Fair (SIEL) in Rb.

  • Judges' decisions are final and not open to discussion. The Awards Management can modify Terms & Conditions and the program as needed. The Awards Director's decisions are final.

  • The Costa Goldex Book Award is managed by the Marrakech English Book Association (MEBA). The next MEBF is from January 17th to 19th, 2025.


  • Submit your written work to the following E-mail address: with the subject title as Costa Goldex Morocco Book Award

  • or via Whatsapp (Messages only) : +212 661 216 880

  • or by sending it to the following postal address : Marrakech English Book Association, (Costa Goldex Book Award), Residence Achraf Appt 10, 10 Rue Ibn Atya, Gueliz, 40020 Marrakech Morocco.

The Goldex Young Writer’s Prize

Deadlines for Submission

Midnight 31st July 2024

Costa Goldex Morocco

Nurturing Moroccan Talent,

Celebrating English Literature.