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CSLP Teen Video Challenge

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Encourage teens in your community to participate in the 2020 Teen Video Challenge! Sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), this contest invites teens, 13-18, to create short videos (up to 60 seconds long) that promote reading and using the library to other teens. It's creative, it's hands-on, and it's fun!
For additional info and all the forms, go to the CSLP Teen Video Challenge webpage:

The Whys

For libraries, the contest:

  • provides library staff with a great way to connect with and engage teens in a fun way. This is a great project for a Teen Advisory Board, teen volunteers, and all creative teens in your community! It's also a great way to promote technology you have at your library to film and edit videos, as well as pair teens up with mentors who have video production experience.
  • offers an opportunity for library staff to encourage 21st century skills, creativity, and self-expression through a fun, practical experience.
  • provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with teachers and teacher-librarians through promoting the contest and working with teachers to provide teens with necessary resources for making their videos. It makes a great class project for a A/V or video production class!
  • will give the library of the winning teen/teen team a $50 gift certificate from Upstart!

For teens, the contest:

  • offers a fun opportunity to learn or hone filming, video editing, acting, and creative writing skills.
  • allows teens to practice 21st skills like teamwork, planning, technology, and communication in a really fun way.
  • provides the winning teen/teen team with recognition in libraries throughout the country.
  • is hands-on, creative fun!
  • provides a $200 cash prize to each of the 5 national winners!

The Hows

  • Teens can work individually or in teams. Though anyone can participate by appearing in the videos, the video creators--those that develop the concept, script, sound effects, filming, and so forth--must be between 13 and 18.
  • Videos should include the teen/teen team interpretation of the 2020 CSLP theme of Imagine Your Story in some way, and promote reading and using libraries to other teens.
  • Videos must be usable at any public library nationwide; thus the promotion of a specific library is not acceptable, but it is OK for the signage of a public library to appear in the video.
  • Videos must be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages--in other words, they must be Rated G!
  • All materials used must be created by the teen(s), but can include audio and artwork that is freely available for legal use, sharing, re-purposing and remixing.
  • Videos must be up to 60 seconds long.
  • The 5 national winners will be required to submit permission and model release forms (completing the forms is a requirement to receive prizes and acknowledgement).
  • View the complete contest rules on the CSLP website: 
  • Teens must upload their videos to the publicly accessible social media platform of their choice, and submit their online Contest Entry Form from June 1 through August 7, 2020, using this form:

Promotional Resources

The Criteria

Videos will be judged on:

  • Creativity
  • Message clarity and relevance
  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Overall impact

Are there examples?

Yes! View the 2019 winning videos from across the country--including a winner from Summit County, Colorado!


Q: Can someone younger or older than 13-18 appear in the video?
A: Yes. The video Creator(s) must be between the ages of 13 and 18, but Participants in the video – such as cast members – may be outside of that age range. Everyone that appears in the video, regardless of their age, must submit a Model Release Form.

Q: Do teens have to film the video in a library?
A: No, they can film their video anywhere they like. 

Q: Can a teen/teen team submit more than one video?
A: Yes! They just need to submit a separate Entry Form with each video.

Q: When will we know the results of the contest?
A: Winners will be notified in early fall 2019.

Q: How are the winning video and finalists chosen?
A: CSLP will convene a judging panel from CSLP partners and members.

Q: What if someone interested is 12 now but will be 13 by the deadline, or is 18 now but will be 19 by the deadline? Is he/she eligible for the contest?
A: As long as entrants submit their video and forms when they're between 13 and 18, even if they worked on the video outside of that period, they're eligible. And people of ANY age may appear in the videos.

For More Information

Contact: Beth Crist, Colorado State Library, 303-866-6908