Teen Book Trailers

Teen Book Trailer Contest Rules

Contest Rules and Entry Form

  • All entries must be original work created by Tweens and/or Teens ages 11-19. Consulting adults for basic assistance is okay, but all planning, production, and selection of subject matter must be created by the Tween(s)/Teen(s).
  • All video trailers submitted by Tweens/Teens ages 11-17 must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian via a signature by this adult on the Contest Entry Form.
  • A completed Contest Entry Form, submitted by the Entry Form deadline (2/15/19) is required for each and every video trailer submitted. Trailer videos uploaded without submitting an Entry Form by the deadline will be disqualified from the Book Trailer Contest.
  • Tweens/Teens may only enter one individual video and/or one team video. (One individual entry and one entry as part of a team of no more than four (4) Tweens/Teens is allowed.)
  • 11- and 12-year-olds may submit a book trailer video on their own, competing in a new category called "Tween Individual." No one over the age of 12 is eligible to compete in this category.
  • 11- and 12-year-olds may be part of a team that creates a book trailer video (maximum: 4 people) ONLY if at least one other member of that team is at least 13 years old at the time of trailer submission. This means that a team may not be made up of 11- and/or 12-year-olds, exclusively.
  • 11- and 12-year-old creators of book trailers are not eligible for the “Audience Favorite” prize category.
  • 11- and 12-year-old book trailer creators may submit their trailer video only by using a YouTube account owned and controlled by their parent, legal guardian or teacher. 11- and 12-year-olds participating in a team-created book trailer video must use the YouTube account of a teammate who is 13 years old or older, or the account of their parent, legal guardian or teacher.
  • The video entry must be a book trailer featuring and promoting one book. The book should be one that is owned by the Public Library ABQ-BernCo. If it is not in the Public Library’s collection, please notify us as soon as possible so it can be added to the collection. (Please, no online-exclusive titles, e.g. Kindle-only.)
  • Include the Public Library ABQ-BernCo in your trailer in some way. Be sure to let the audience know that the book you are promoting can be found at their local Public Library ABQ-BernCo branch.
  • Video entries must be uploaded to YouTube and tagged with: ABQ-BernCo Library, Teen Book Trailer Contest, and the Title of Your Book. The URL of the video must be submitted online at https://abqlibrary.org/booktrailercontest between 12:01 am Tuesday, February 12, 2019 and 11:59 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • All trailers must be no more than 2 minutes in length. Any credits shown after the actual trailer will not count against the two-minute limit.
  • Trailer entries may be live action, animation, or machinima.
  • Finalists will be notified by Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
  • All entries will be judged based on their originality, creativity, production values, persuasiveness (does it make us want to read the book?) and adherence to all contest rules.
  • Winners will be announced at the Teen Book Trailer Awards Ceremony at the downtown Main Library Auditorium on Saturday, March 2, 3:00-4:30 pm. All contest participants and their families are encouraged to dress up and attend this gala red-carpet event!
  • Music, images, and video clips integrated into the trailer video must be legally licensed either by obtaining the copyright holder’s permission, using materials licensed through Creative Commons licensing, or using entirely original content created by the tween(s)/teen(s) submitting the trailer video. Showing book cover images IS allowed.
  • Contestants agree that the Public Library ABQ-BernCo may publish their video trailer and name(s) and may use both in future advertisement campaigns and/or marketing materials that may be on the Web, in an article, in a press release or other medium announcing the winning entries or describing the contest.
  • The Public Library ABQ-BernCo is not responsible for any lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, or illegal submissions.
  • Public Library ABQ-BernCo judges may disqualify any entry based on inappropriate content or production.
  • All costs associated with making and submitting a video trailer are the contestant’s responsibility. The Public Library ABQ-BernCo will not reimburse or be responsible for any costs incurred in the making or submission of any entry.
  • All entries must adhere to YouTube Community Guidelines, as stated on the YouTube web site.
  • Submission of a video trailer entry implies acknowledgement of and agreement with all contest rules.
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