Texas 2013 Teen Video Challenge

Who and What

Teens, 13-18, throughout Texas are invited to create a 30 to 90-second Public Service Announcement video that encourages people around the country to read and use libraries in the summer. Winners take home $275! The public service announcement is created as an interpretation of the 2013 Collaborative Summer Library Program teen slogan "Beneath the Surface." One winner is selected from each participating state.


  1. Go to Beneath the Surface Teen Video Challenge 2013 to read instructions and take a look at previous winners.
  2. Explore the resources link for art and music ideas in the public domain, and read the contest rules and instructions.
  3. Create a 30 to 90-second video, ensuring that it is not just locally oriented, but usable for all libraries around the country.  Promotion of a specific library will not be accepted, although the signage of a public library can appear in the video.
  4. Entitle your video with: “2013 TVC- TX-<Unique Name>.” Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name (example: 2013 TVC-TX-Libraryfan123).
  5. Upload your video to YouTube.com and add closed captioning (if your video includes words in the audio) using the YouTube captioning feature.
  6. Fill out Model Release Form and Texas Entry Form.
  7. Mail completed entry forms.  All submissions must be received by February 10, 2013, and should be sent to:

Texas 2013 Teen Video Challenge
Library Development and Networking
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin, TX  78711-2927

Late entries will not be accepted.  A DVD of the video will be requested from the winner.

Criteria for Acceptance and Judging

All videos must:

  • Be 30 to 90 seconds
  • Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
  • Include your interpretation of the 2013 CSLP teen slogan "Beneath the Surface."
  • Be designed for use at any library.
  • Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.
  • Include closed-captioning for accessibility.

Video will be judged on the following criteria:

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


Contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov or call (512) 463-5465.


Page last modified: November 29, 2012