Teen Book Trailers

Book Trailer Contest

2020 Teen Book Trailer Contest


The Public Library ABQ-BernCo is offering our annual Book Trailer Contest! Book Trailers are similar to movie trailers, (a.k.a. previews) but they promote books instead of films. Book Trailers are made to encourage people to read a particular book or novel. They usually give an audience a sense of what a book is about without giving away too many details so the audience will want to read the book to find out what happens. A Book Trailer is NOT a book review or a book report. (ON HIATUS 2022- )

Who Can Enter the Book Trailer Contest?

Any individual Tween or Teen ages 11-19. Participants age 11-17 must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian on their entry form. 

How Do I Enter the Book Trailer Contest?

  • Create an original video promoting a specific book. One entry per individual is allowed.
  • Print and submit a Teen Book Trailer Contest entry form, with signed parental permission for participants under age 18, must be submitted to any Public Library ABQ-BernCo branch by Friday, February 21, 2020. Any trailer video submitted without an entry form by the entry form deadline will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Video entries must be uploaded to YouTube and tagged with: ABQ-BERNCO Library 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 18, 2020 and 11:59 pm Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Video Entries

  • Tag video with ABQ-BERNCO-Library and the book title. Visit the Library YouTube channel.
  • Submit video URL (Internet address) in the form in the contest entry section on the right side of this webpage (https://abqlibrary.org/booktrailercontest). Note that the submission form will only appear during the submission period.
  • Questions? Visit the Teen Book Trailer Contest Frequently Asked Questions, contact Deborah Hassi at dhassi@cabq.gov.

Who Wins the Book Trailer Contest?

A panel of Public Library ABQ-BernCo staff judges will view all entries and select finalists. All finalists’ entries will be shown at the Teen Book Trailer Awards Ceremony at the Downtown Main Library on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Each of the finalists will receive a free book. The top video trailers in three categories will receive a prize. The three prize categories are: 1) Best Trailer created by an Individual Teen, age 13-19; 2) Best Trailer created by an Individual Tween, age 11-12; and 3) Audience Favorite.

What are the prizes?

The best trailer created by an individual Teen, age 13-19 will win an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet. The best trailer created by an individual Tween, age 11-12 will win an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet. The individual that submits the Audience Favorite trailer as decided by an online vote will win a $75 Amazon gift card. All entries will be acknowledged with a certificate, and all finalists will receive a new, free book of their choice.

Important Dates

Another Teen Book Trailer Contest is in the history books!

We congratulate all of our winners and finalists, and extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who created a book trailer for the contest and all who made the event a reality!
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