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Summer Reading Book Trailer Contest

Do you like books? Do you like making movies? Consider entering Alexandria Library's Book Trailer Contest.



A book trailer is a video setting the tone and summarizing the plot of a book. Like movie trailers, book trailers give viewers a visual representation of a novel.

We challenge you to create an exciting and engaging trailer that will entice viewers into reading the book.

Entries can be submitted from May 26 - September 6, 2020.

Voting will be online from September 13 - September 19, 2020.

Winners will be announced on September 21 and prizes will be mailed out to the winners.




The top three trailers from each age group will receive prizes:

  • 1st Prize - $50
  • 2nd Prize - $30
  • 3rd Prize - $20




  • Open to participants in middle school, high school and over the age of 18.
  • Book trailers can be no longer than 3 minutes.
  • Book trailers can be live action, stop-motion, animated, voice over or any other format.
  • Book trailers must not violate any copyright laws. Do not use video, music, or images that you do not have the right to use. You may use the book cover. There are many resources for royalty free material online. For more information, see:
  • All entries must be original work created by the contestant.
  • All entries must keep content shown to a PG rating.
  • The book trailer must feature a book owned by the Alexandria Library either in physical or digital format.
  • Trailers must be uploaded online and have a publicly accessible link for voting. The URL of the video must be submitted with the entry form.
  • One submission per person.
  • Contestants agree that the Alexandria Library may publish their video trailer and name and may use both in future advertisement 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 or describing the contest.
  • Submission of a video trailer entry implies acknowledgement of and agreement with all contest rules.

Questions? Please contact the Digital Services Librarian at




Create your trailer and then upload it some where online (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Then submit that publicly available URL for your video with this entry form: