Hot Summer Twisted/Speak Book Trailer Contest!

Thank you so much everyone for all the enthusiastic comments and emails yesterday about the ALAN Award announcement. My feet didn’t touch the ground all day.

The Office Mouse has been scurrying around getting me caught up on technology and preparing for the books coming out in the next year. One of the things we’d like to do is have more contests. That’s where you come in.

Librarians! Do you have summer reading groups?

Get them involved in the Hot Summer Twisted/Speak Book Trailer Contest!

Details! Details!

1. Create a book trailer for SPEAK or TWISTED. You may not use clips from the SPEAK movie (it is copyrighted, that’s why). Your trailer must qualify for a PG rating. Try to keep it under two minutes long.

2. Post the trailer on YouTube. Include the phrase “TWISTED trailer contest” or “SPEAK trailer contest” in the title. Submissions must be posted by 12:00pm, EST, August 31, 2008.

3. Once the trailer is posted, notify us by emailing the Office Mouse: officemouse AT writerlady DOT com . When you notify us, please provide a link to your trailer and a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. If you are in a Summer Reading group, include the name of your librarian and her (or his) email address.

4. Watch and wait. Winner will be chosen by Laurie Halse Anderson (aka me).

5. NOTE! Contest is only open to people who will be 21 years old or younger on August 31, 2008.

6. If your trailer is chosen as the winning entry and you are not 18 yet, your parents will have to sign a release form granting me the rights to use your trailer. If you are over 18, you get to sign for yourself. You will be credited as the producer of the trailer, but the only payment you will receive is the prize described below. If you win, be sure to include this on your college or film school application.

7. If you are in a library summer reading group, your library will receive 5 signed copies of my books. The librarian in charge of the group gets to decide which books to receive.

8. There will be two prizes awarded; one for the best SPEAK trailer, one for the best TWISTED trailer.

9. The creator of the winning trailer will be awarded an 8GB iPod touch. Winner agrees to be responsible for setting up and paying for Internet connection and any warranty protection plan.

10. Winners will be announced on this blog, Sunday, September 7th, and will be notified by email.

I think that’s everything. Please feel free to post this announcement to library and academic listservs. If you have any questions about the contest, please post them in the Comments section.

23 Replies to “Hot Summer Twisted/Speak Book Trailer Contest!”

  1. Hey what a cool contest! I’ll post something about it here at my library if that’s ok? It’s a really small town so I don’t know if anyone will be able to do it, but you never know!

    I didn’t check my flist yesterday so I didn’t see your post – I did check my email this morning though and it’s out on the lists – Congratulations!

  2. sweet!! this is so exciting! my sisters and I are commercial-making fiends (spelling)!! Today I was thinking about “Speak” even though I read it months ago!! This contest is so great! I hope I can enter!

  3. It is open to anyone under age 21. But I don’t know if the iPod Touch works in every country.

    Would it work where you live?

    I would love to see trailers from the perspective of someone who doesn’t live in the United States. That would be fascinating.

  4. Hello,

    I am in Canada, so the IPod Touch would definitely work here.

    Thanks! I will post this on the teen bulletin board at my library today.


  5. Re: contest

    Any photos released by the producers for publicity purposes can be used. (See the movie’s imdb listing for examples.)

    Photos that are taken from movie clips still fall under the movie’s copyright protection and are off-limits.

  6. If you do, you’ll get points off. I am a strong advocate for respecting copyright.

    I know this makes it more of a challenge, but that’s the point! I want your vision of the book, through your camera; not a montage of the visions of other directors.

    Can you please give it a try?

  7. How long does the trailer need to be?

    How long does the trailor need to be?

  8. I know what you mean…

    … about being too old to participate. I think this sounds like a fun contest, so I’ve at least passed it on to the teachers and librarians (and former students) in my contacts list.

  9. Wow–sounds like a great night!

    PS-I absolutely cannot wait for the debate tonight. Bring on the popcorn!

  10. Hell yeah!
    Love, a public library YA librarian whose HS librarian cousin just lost her job due to budget cuts bc why does a HS need a librarian???

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