Book Trailer Contest Call for Entries

Is there a novel you think should be made into a movie? A book everyone needs to read? Create a book trailer and bring your favorite book to life!

Warrensburg Branch invites individuals of all ages to submit an original book trailer showcasing a book that deserves a moment in the spotlight. Submissions will be considered for the Book Trailer Awards. All accepted entries will be shown at an awards gala on Friday, November 3 at 6pm. All submissions are due by October 28, 11:59 p.m. CST.

What is a book trailer? Think movie trailer but for the purpose of promoting a book. This is NOT a book review or book report. Use special effects, animation, music, etc. to engage viewers and get them interested in the book.

Requirements and Guidelines
Please follow the TRL Book Trailer Contest requirements and guidelines below.

Submission Requirements

  • All trailers must be no longer than 2 minutes in length. Any credits shown after the actual trailer will not count against the two-minute limit.

  • Include the book’s title and author as text at least once during video.

Additional Requirements

  • Use appropriate language and content. Trailer with inappropriate language or content can be disqualified.

  • Don’t use video, music or images you don’t have the right to use. For more information on royalty free materials and how you can use them, check out:

  • By submitting your trailer, you agree that you hold all rights and licenses to the content within.

How to Enter

Complete the online submission form that includes a file of your book trailer along with your contact information, by October 28, 2017 (11:59 pm CST)

Creative works release

You grant Trails Regional Library the right to reproduce creative works resulting from your participation in Trails Regional Library Book Trailer Contest with the understanding that the purpose is to promote Trails Regional Library and its services/programs. You give your permission with the following understanding: No compensation of any kind will be paid to you at this time or in the future for the use of your creative works.

You agree that Trails Regional Library may publish your video trailer and name(s) 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 entries or describing the contest.

Key Dates

  • September 1, 2017: Contest opens

  • October 28, 2017: Last day to complete the online submission form (by 11:59 pm CST)

  • November 3, 2017 at 6pm: Book Trailer Awards Gala (All participants are encouraged to attend this red-carpet gala event!)


Looking for Inspiration?

Check out this YouTube video on What Makes a Good Book Trailer.
Article by Buzzfeed: 22 Novels That Are Crying Out To Be Turned Into Films

Epic Reads List of official book trailer videos on YouTube

BookReels website for a collection of book trailers

Playlist Best YA Book Trailers on YouTube

Trailers Playlist on Youtube

Example Book Trailers
The Alchemyst



Wikipedia Commons

Flickr CC

Purple Planet Royalty Free Music

Incompetech Royalty Free Music

Vimeo: Creative Commons Licensed Videos