Book Trailer Contest

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Full guidelines are included below and are included in this document: MASL Readers Awards Book Trailer Contest Guidelines

  1. Book trailer must represent a Mark Twain, Truman, or Gateway final nominee for the 2022-2023 school year: Final Nominees
  2. Entries must be original work completed by students.
  3. Book title and author must be present in the trailer.
  4. Book trailers may not be longer than 1 minute 30 seconds (1 minute length is preferred).
  5. Book trailers should include the book’s cover (please use an original photograph of the book’s cover).
  6. All used images that are not self created must be copyright free/creative commons/royalty free, etc. and proper citation of the image source must be appropriately cited and clearly visible at the end of the book trailer.
  7. All used music that is not self created must be in the public domain ( may be a good place to start).  Music that comes with a movie-making program such as iMovie, Photo Story, or Windows Live Movie Maker may be used.  The end credits must include where music originated and the reason it is free to use (example:  Song A performed by Band B was sourced from the free music in Photo Story).
  8. Use of copyrighted materials without documented approval from the copyright holder will cause disqualification.  This contest does not fall under educational fair use exemptions.
  9. Each student participating in the contest must submit this signed release form:2022-23 Book Trailer Release Form.  All submitted trailers become the property of MASL.  The release forms should be uploaded into your Google Drive and shared via link onto the the MASL Readers Awards Book Trailer Contest Submission Form.
  10. Videos are scored using a Scoring Rubric
  11. Failure to follow these guidelines in full will result in disqualification.
  12. All winning videos must be provided to the book trailer coordinator as a video file (.mp4, .mov, etc.) via Google Drive to be posted on the MASL website. Links are not acceptable as these can become inactive when students graduate. Please keep this in mind when finalizing videos.

For more information, please contact the Book Trailer Contest Coordinator at

Citing Images

Please show this video to students interested in participating. This video covers appropriate image citation in your videos, which must be included in all videos submitted.

Submitting Videos

Please use the following Google Form to submit your Book Trailer videos for entry into the contest: Book Trailer Contest Submission Form

Please submit ONE video at a time. You may view the following screencast to see a walkthrough of the video submission process:

Video Creation Tools

The following is a listing of tools that may be helpful to students, librarians, and teachers interested in participating in the Book Trailer Contest. Any of the following may be used to create book trailers; some are online tools and others may require installation on a Mac and/or PC.

If you have any video tools you would like to share, please email the Book Trailer Contest Coordinator at and they will be added to the list!