Encourage teens to enter the 2010 Morris/Nonfiction book trailer contest


Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release

December 22, 2009

CHICAGO — TheYoung Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) seeks entrants for its Morris/Nonfiction Award Book Trailer Contest. Teens ages 13-18 can win a box of books plus a $100 gift card to a bookstore, and librarians can win $200 worth of books and materials for their library. Entrants can read the official rules and download the entry form at

Any teen or group of teens (four maximum) aged 13-18, with the 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) can enter. All video entries must be an original work made between now and Jan. 17, 2010 and must feature any or all of the five titles nominated for the Morris Award or the Nonfiction Award. The shortlists can be found at
www.ala.org/morris or
www.ala.org/yalsa/nonfiction. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight on Jan. 17, 2010 and tagged with the words “yalsamorris” or “yalsanf.” Teens may send in one entry per book or group of books. An entry form must be submitted to YALSA,
yalsa@ala.org, by midnight on Jan. 29, 2010.

The videos selected as finalists will appear on YALSA’s website,
www.ala.org/yalsa and be shown at the Morris & Nonfiction Award Program & Presentation on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,