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Teen Video Challenge

Spark a Reaction with an original video!
Deadline February 14, 2014

Librarians: The Teen Video Challenge is a CSLP-sponsored competition for teens to create videos that promote reading, libraries, and the 2014 CSLP theme, Spark a Reaction. Download the Ohio entry form (PDF) and promotional flyer (PDF) An MS Word version (customizable) of the promotional flyer is also available. See below and check out the CSLP Teen Video Challenge page for all the details. 

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Teens! Create a video promoting summer reading at the public library. Include your interpretation of 2014 teen slogan Spark a Reaction, and you could win $275 for yourself and a $125 award for your library.

One winning video created by a teen or group of teens will be selected as the Ohio winner in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 2014 Teen Video Challenge. All state winning videos will be official 2014 CSLP promotional videos and will be viewed nationwide.

Any Ohio teen or group of teens ages 13-18 may enter.


How to enter:

1. Download the Ohio entry form (PDF). Read all instructions provided on the entry form.Spark book oval

2. Download the model release form (PDF). Anyone may appear in your video (it does not have to be teens only), but every person appearing in your video must complete this form.

3. Explore these resources including public domain content you may use in your video, copyright guidelines, and previous winning videos for inspiration.

4. Create your video!

5. Title your video: “2014 TVC - OH - Unique Name”. Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name. Example: “2014 TVC – OH – Spark14”.

6. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.

7. Complete and sign the entry form and model release form(s).

8. Mail, email, or fax the forms to 2014 Teen Video Challenge at the address on the entry form by February 14, 2014.


What’s at stake:

CSLP will award $275 to one Ohio 2014 Teen Video Challenge winner or winning team. The library listed on the entry form will receive $100 from CSLP and a $25 gift certificate for Upstart products.  The winner will be notified in April 2014.

All the state winning videos will be posted on the CSLP website and will be available for libraries in Ohio and all around the USA to use to promote the 2014 summer reading program.

The Ohio winner and all notable Ohio videos will be linked on the Ohio Summer Reading Program page.


Imaginator wheelThe fine print:

The Ohio 2014 Teen Video Challenge is open only to legal U.S. residents who are residents of Ohio aged 13 to 18. Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules. Each participant or group may submit one video per entry. Signed Model Release form(s) must be included with each entry. All entries must be submitted by February 14, 2014 to the address on your entry form. Late entries will not be accepted. A DVD of the video will be requested from the state winner.

Terms and conditions: All music and artwork must be created by the entrant or be in the public domain and must be specified as such on the entry form. CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have the permission to use the 2014 Teen Video Challenge submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein, as per the Model Release form.


All videos must:
* Be 30 to 90 seconds long.
* Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
* Include your interpretation of the 2014 CSLP teen slogan “Spark a Reaction.”
* Be designed for use at any library. (The video must be usable to promote summer reading at any public library nationwide. For example, the video should not state “Visit the ABC Public Library” but it is OK for your public library's signs to appear in the video.)
* Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.

Consider including closed captioning to make your video accessible to people who are deaf of hard of hearing. YouTube has instructions for adding captions to your video.


Videos will be judged on the following criteria:
Message clarity and relevance
Motivation and inspiration
Overall impact


View the 2013 Teen Video Challenge winners and the 2012 Teen Video Challenge winners.

Check out the 2013 Ohio winner "Look Beneath the Surface", and the 2012 Ohio winner, "It's In Your Heart"!

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