Paper Cuts 2014 –  Book Trailer and Book Cover Design Competition

 PCSecondary school students are invited to enter an exciting new competition to celebrate the importance of reading for literacy development and enjoyment.

Paper Cuts 2014 is a great opportunity for creative students who are interested in art or media to get inspired by books using the vast array of technological tools available today.

To take part students can choose their favourite book or one they are studying as part of the curriculum, and create a book trailer or design a book cover. Students can enter individually, or teachers might prefer to make it a whole-class activity.

Book trailers are similar to movie trailers and are a fun and engaging way to visually present a synopsis of a book. They range from professionally-produced short films to simple student productions using PowerPoint, iMovie or an iPhone. You don’t need expensive equipment to produce an effective trailer.

Paper Cuts is part of the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge; however students don’t need to register for the Challenge to participate.  Entries will be judged by esteemed industry professionals, including celebrated Irish author Eoin Colfer creator of the popular teen series Artemis Fowl.

Students will be in the running to win great prizes including an iPad Air, Penguin books worth $200 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and people’s choice in each category. The winner’s school in both categories will also receive $200 worth of Penguin books of their choice.  Shortlisted entrants will be invited to a special event at Penguin studios and their work will be featured on the Paper Cuts web page.

The competition closes on July 31, 2014. For more information, links to book trailer examples, tips and guidelines, see: Paper Cuts Competition 2014 (



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