Book Trailer Contest (HISTORICAL)

About the Book Trailer Contest The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has announced the finalists for two of its book awards: the Morris Award for the best YA book written by a first-time author and the Nonfiction Award for the best nonfiction book written for teens. Each award has five finalists. We’re challenging you to make a book trailer about one of the books. You can learn more at

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Award and Frequency

ALL ENTRIES - Every entry will be acknowledged with a certificate.

FINALISTS – The videos selected as finalists will appear on YALSA’s website, and be shown at the Morris & Nonfiction Award Program & Presentation on Mon. Jan. 18, 2010 at 1
the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Each of the finalists will receive a box of books from YALSA.

THE WINNER(s) –The winner(s) will receive of box of books and a $100 gift certificate from a major bookstore, and will be interviewed for a YALS article and press release. The winning video may be used by YALSA in marketing and promotional materials related to the book awards.

This award is not currently being given out.


  • Any teen or group of teens (4 maximum) aged 13-18 who has written permission of parent or guardian (13 is the minimum age to register for an online service, like YouTube, which is being used in this contest).
  • Original work must be created by teens ages 13 -18. Consulting adults is permissible, but the planning, production and selection of subject matter must all be created entirely by the teen(s).
  • The entry form must be submitted through a librarian who is a member of YALSA. Teens and/or teen groups may enter one video each for this contest, though they can work in a group of no more than 4 teens on the project.
  • The video must be a book trailer featuring one or more of the five 2010 Morris finalists or one of the five 2010 YALSA Nonfiction Award finalists.
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight on January 17, 2010 and tagged with the the term “yalsanf” for any nonfiction award finalists and “yalsamorris” for any Morris finalists.
  • Video entries should be between 1 to 3 minutes in length.
  • Entries may be live-action, animation, or machinima.
  • Music, images, and video clips integrated into the 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 teen(s) submitting the project.
  • Contestants agree that YALSA may publish their video and name(s) and may use both in future advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials. Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights, in and to the video to YALSA. YALSA may alter, modify or revise the video as it sees fit for marketing purposes.
  • Contestants agree to make every effort to be available for a phone interview, and if not able to participate, agree to allow YALSA to use their name and video submission for advertising 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.
  • YALSA has no obligation to use the winning video for any purpose whatsoever.
  • YALSA is not responsible for any lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected or illegal submissions. No entries will be returned.
  • YALSA may disqualify any entry based on content and/or production.
  • All costs associated with making and submitting a video are the contestant’s responsibility. YALSA will not reimburse or be responsible for any costs incurred in the making or submission of any entry.
  • All entries must adhere to the YouTube Community Guidelines, as stated on the YouTube web site at

Application Instructions

  • All video entries must be an original work made between December 10, 2009 to January 17, 2010.
  • There is no fee for submitting the entry.
  • Teens may send in one entry per book or group of books. An entry form (PDF) must be submitted to YALSA,, by midnight on January 29th, 2010.
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight on January 17, 2010 and tagged with the words ”yalsamorris” or “yalsanf.”

Contact Information

For questions, please contact Nichole Gilbert at 1-200-545-2433 x 4387  or

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Selection Criteria

Judges will be looking for creativity and relevance in communicating a message to teens about the technologies the library has to offer teens and the help that librarians can provide.