Book Trailer Contest

Rediscovered Books is hosting a book trailer contest!

Submissions will be due via youtube link by Saturday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 pm

Book Trailer: A video setting the tone and summarizing the plot of a book. Like movie trailers, typically composed of clips from the full-length film strung together to give a preview of a movie, book trailers give viewers a visual representation of a novel. Scenes in a book trailer are filmed solely to get more visually oriented readers interested in the plot of a book.


  • Book Trailers can be no longer than 3 minutes.
  • Book Trailers must not violate any copyright laws.
  • Book Trailers must be created by the author of the book.
  • All videos must keep content shown to a PG rating.
  • 350 word or less synopsis of your book must be included with entry
  • One submission per book.

Participants will be able to submit to the following three categories: self published, small press, and big press. Below we have included the definitions of each:

  • Big 5 Publishing House: Any books published by Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, MacMillan Publishers Ltd, Penguin Random House, or Simon & Schuster are considered Big Publishing House books.
  • Traditional Publishing House: Any book published by a publishing house not part of the above five and not self published is considered to be published by a small publishing house.
  • Self Published: All books that are published by the author are self published.

There is no entry fee but authors are limited to one submission per book. There is no age limit for submissions; however, we will not take age into consideration when judging the quality of work.

The top three finalists for each category will be shown at a viewing party on February 10 at 7 pm. Viewers will vote in-store and online for the winner, which will be announced February 24.

The winner of each category will be featured at an event at Rediscovered Books and receive a $50 gift certificates to Rediscovered Books.

Before getting started, it might be helpful for participants to check out some of the effective steps to making a movie trailer (source).

Your Book Trailer Should:

  • Engage and excite readers
  • Last no longer than 2 minutes
  • Include the book’s title and author

Your Book Trailer Should Not:

  • Alter the book’s scenes or dialogue
  • Misrepresent the book in genre
  • Use video, music, or images that you do not have the right to use. There are many resources for royalty free material online

Examples of Book Trailers:

There is no wrong style to create a book trailer in; however, make sure your book trailer accurately represents your book and is legally viable for public viewership. Participants will be responsible for any legal issues that may arise with the creation of their book trailers.

Interested parties can submit their submissions through this link. 

Submissions will be due via youtube link by Saturday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 pm.