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/Teen.
  • 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. This form must be handed in at any branch of the Public Library by Friday, 2/21/2020.
  • A completed Contest Entry Form, submitted by the Entry Form deadline (2/21/2020) 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.
  • Each Tween/Teen may enter only one book trailer video for contest judging.
  • 11– and 12-year-olds will submit their book trailer videos for contest consideration in the “Best Trailer created by an Individual Tween” category. No one over the age of 12 at the time of entry form submission is eligible to compete in this category. All participants age 13 and over at the time of entry form submission will compete in the “Best Trailer created by an Individual Teen” category.
  • All officially-entered contest participants, regardless of age group, are eligible for the “Audience Favorite” prize category.
  • 11– and 12-year-old book trailer creators must submit their trailer video only by using a YouTube account owned and controlled by 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 Albuquerque-Bernalillo County. If it is not in the Public Library’s collection, please notify us as soon as possible so we can look into adding it to the collection. (Please, no online-exclusive titles, e.g. Kindle-only)
  • Include the Public Library 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 branch of the Public Library Albuquerque-Bernalillo County.
  • Video entries must be uploaded individually (no class/bulk playlists, please) to YouTube between 12:01 am Tuesday, February 18, 2020 and 11:59 pm Thursday, February 27, 2020. The URL of each video must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at https://abqlibrary.org/booktrailercontest
  • 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 via email on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Watch your inbox!
  • 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 7, 10:30 am—12:00 pm. All contest participants (finalists or not!) and their families are encouraged to dress up fancy and attend this gala red-carpet event, complete with paparazzi and an after-party in our VIP lounge!
  • Any music, images, and/or 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/teen submitting the trailer video. Showing book cover images IS allowed.
  • Contestants agree that the Public Library Albuquerque-Bernalillo County 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 Albuquerque-Bernalillo County is not responsible for any lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, unreadable or illegal video or entry form submission.
  • Contest judges of the Public Library Albuquerque-Bernalillo County may disqualify any entry based on inappropriate audio or visual content, language or production.
  • All costs associated with making and submitting a video trailer are the contestant’s responsibility. The Public Library Albuquerque- Bernalillo County 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 at https://www.youtube.com/intl/en-GB/about/policies/#community-guidelines or https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/course/community-guidelines
  • Submission of a video trailer entry implies acknowledgement of and agreement with all contest rules.

Entry Period Over


The entry period for the Teen Book Trailer Contest is over. Thank you to everybody who submitted an entry and video!
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