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AMC Books Review and Trailer Contest Poster

BOOK REVIEW &
BOOK TRAILER CONTEST

The American Center in Moscow is excited to announce the 2022 Book Review and Book Trailer Contest. Join this contest to share your love of books by American authors, to apply your skills to creating a digital media product, and to help others discover amazing stories to read. We invite readers aged 18 and older living in Russia to enter one or both of the two contest tracks:

– Track #1: create an original book review in the form of a podcast (audio) of a book/story by an American author from the American Center’s in Moscow’s eBook Library;

– Track #2: create an original book trailer (video) for a book / story by an American author from the American Center’s in Moscow’s eBook Library.

For inspiration and additional help, entrants will be able to join training sessions on storytelling concepts and audio and video recording and editing.

The contest timeline: February 7, 2022 – May 15, 2022, the last day to submit your entries — May 15, 2022 23:59 MSK. Winners will be announced in June 2022.

Winners will be awarded prizes; best reviews and trailers will be featured on social media pages of the American Center in Moscow. 

For full details, please make sure to check all guidelines below.

CONTEST GUIDELINES

WHO CAN TAKE PART

The contest is open to individual entrants aged 18 and older residing in the Russian Federation.

CONTEST TRACKS

Entrants can select to take part in one OR both contest tracks:

– Track #1: create an original book review in the form of a podcast (audio) of a book / story by an American author from AMC’s eBook Library;

– Track #2: create an original book trailer (video) for a book / story by an American author from AMC’s eBook Library.

It means that entrants can submit an entry of only a book review podcast or a book trailer, or they can submit both a book review podcast and a book trailer. 

If an entrant is taking part in both contest tracks, the books they are creating a review podcast on and a book trailer for should be different, that is they cannot create a book review podcast and a book trailer based on the same book.

No more than 2 submissions per track from one entrant are allowed, that is one entrant can submit 1 or 2 book review podcasts and/or 1 or 2 book trailers. If more than 2 entries per track are submitted by one entrant, only the first 2 entries will be judged.

WHAT BOOKS CAN BE REVIEWED

Book reviews and trailers must represent a book/story by an American author that is available in the American Center’s eBook Library in English. The book/story can be of any genre and any length.

The library features books by international authors, so it is the entrant’s responsibility to check that the book they select is indeed written by an American author. Entries based on books by non-American authors will be disqualified. Entries based on books not available in the American Center’s eBook Library will be disqualified. 

WHERE TO FIND THESE BOOKS

Entrants who are not registered in the American Center in Moscow’s eBook Library, they can do so here: https://amc.ru/en/learn/ebook-libraryen/ (click on the “Sign up” button). The library is free. 

Please note that the library resources are only available to people currently residing in the Russian Federation. Please allow up to seven business days to receive access to the American Center in Moscow’s eBook Library.

WHAT REQUIREMENTS ALL CONTEST ENTRIES SHOULD MEET:

TRACK #1: BOOK REVIEWS

1) Entrants submit their book review as a podcast (an audio recording) of 5 minutes or less through Soundcloud (for details on how to submit your entry, go to “How to Enter” below).

2) To submit their entry, entrants fill out this Submission Form (for details, go to “How to enter” below). Entries submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

3) The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2022 23:59 MSK. All entries must be received on or before this deadline. The American Center in Moscow accepts no responsibility for entries not received during that submission period for whatever reason.

4) Only books by American authors should be reviewed. Only books available in the American Center’s eBook Library in English should be reviewed.

5) Book review podcasts must be in English.

6) Submissions can be made by individual entrants. Group entries are not accepted.

7) Book review podcasts should not include any personal information of the entrant (such as names, age, address, etc.).

8) A maximum of 2 submissions per individual entrant can be submitted. 

9) Book review podcasts must be new (not previously published) and original work. Reviews that plagiarize the work of others or violate copyright will be disqualified. Reviews that use previously published material will be disqualified.

10) Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.

TRACK #2: BOOK TRAILERS

1) Entrants submit a book trailer (a video) of 3 minutes or less (through YouTube — for details, go to “How to enter” below).

2) To submit their entry, entrants fill out this Submission Form (for details, go to “How to enter” below). Entries submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

3) The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2022 23.59 MSK. All entries must be received on or before this deadline. The American Center in Moscow accepts no responsibility for entries not received during that submission period for whatever reason.

4) Only books by American authors should be used as a basis for a book trailer. Only books available in the American Center’s eBook Library in English should be used as a basis for a book trailer.

5) Book trailers must be in English (either voiceover or text on screen). 

6) Submissions can be made by individual entrants. Group entries are not accepted.

7)Book trailers should not include any personal information of the entrant (such as names, age, address, etc.).

8) A maximum of 2 submissions per individual entrant can be submitted.

9) Book trailers must be new (not previously published) and original work. Book trailers that plagiarize the work of others or violate copyright will be disqualified. Book trailers that use previously published material will be disqualified.

10) Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.

TRACK#2 BOOK TRAILER POSTER

TRAINING SESSIONS

Three online training sessions will be held for potential entrants during that submission period of the contest. One training session will help participants better understand what a book review is and how to create one. The other two training sessions will equip participants with basic skills of audio and video recording and editing necessary for creating a contest entry.

Schedule of the workshops:

April 4, 2022 at 8:00-9:00 PM MSK Workshop: How to record a podcast / Воркшоп: Как записать подкаст

April 11, 2022 at 8:00-9:00 PM MSK Workshop: How to record a video trailer / Воркшоп: Как записать видео трейлер

April 18, 2022 at 8:00-9:00 PM MSK Masterclass: How to write about books / Мастер-класс: Как писать о книгах

The online training sessions are free and available to the general public. All sessions will be held in Russian on Zoom. These sessions may be useful in creating your contest entries, however, attending the sessions is not a prerequisite for taking part in the contest.

HOW THE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED

– Contest entries in both contest tracks will be judged on their originality, creativity, language, and expression.

– Up to 3 winning entries will be selected by the American Center and guest judges. The winners will be announced in June 2022 on the American Center in Moscow’s social media pages. Notification and instructions for the prizes will be sent to the email addresses provided in the potential prize winners’ entry forms. Each finalist is responsible for monitoring their email for prize notification and/or other communications related to this contest.

– The American Center reserves the right to choose one winning entry by popular vote, conducted via the American Center’s social media pages. The American Center reserves the right to also pick a few Honorable Mentions—the final number will depend on the number of entries received. 

– The winners will be awarded prizes and their works will be published in the American Center in Moscow’s social media pages.

DISCLAIMERS

The American Center in Moscow reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Contest, without notice, and for any reason. Regardless of how many entries you submit, you can win only one prize.

By entering the contest, you certify that your entry is your own original creation. Entries that are plagiarized will be disqualified from the contest. 

All decisions as to winners are made by the American Center in Moscow and guest judges; all decisions are final.

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