Teen Book Trailers

2017 Teen Book Trailer Contest

Awards Gala

Book Trailer Contest


In celebration of the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week (March 5-11, 2017) The Public Library ABQ-BernCo is offering a 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.

Who Can Enter the Book Trailer Contest?

Any teen or group of teens (4 maximum) ages 13-19. Teens ages 13-17 must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian on their entry form. (13 is the minimum age to register for an online service, like YouTube, which is being used for this contest.)

How Do I Enter the Book Trailer Contest?

  • Participants will create an original video promoting a specific book. An individual may only enter once, but may also enter as part of a group.
  • An entry form (with signed parental permission) must be submitted to any ABQ-BernCo Library branch by Friday, February 17, 2017.
  • Video entries
    • Must be uploaded to YouTube between 12:01am Tuesday, February 14 and 11:59pm, Thursday, February 23, 2017.
    • Tag video with TheABQ-BernCoLibrary (Click for Library YouTube page) and the book title.
    • Once submissions are opened URL (Internet address) of the video must be submitted in the form in the contest entry section on the right side of this webpage (http://abqlibrary.org/booktrailercontest).
  • If you have questions about the Book Trailer Contest, please contact Deborah Hassi at 768-5112 or Ben Ridout at 768-5186.

Who Wins the Book Trailer Contest?

A panel of staff judges from ABQ-BernCo Library will view all entries and select finalists. All finalists’ entries will be shown at the Teen Book Trailer Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 3 - 4:30pm. Each of the finalists will receive a free book. The top video trailer of three categories will receive a prize. The three prize categories are: 1) Individual 2) Team and 3) Audience Favorite.

What are the prizes?

The best trailer created by an individual will win an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet. The best trailer created by a team will win a $50 Amazon gift card for each member. The individual or team that submits the Audience Favorite trailer, as decided on 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 free book.

Important Dates

2017 Book Trailer Contest has concluded.

Big THANK YOU to all participants!

Winners - 2017

Winners - 2017

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