Your Prom Your Way Video Contest Rules

Your Prom Your Way Video Contest Rules

What’s It About?

Do you have great pickup lines for snagging a date? Do you have fabulous ideas for hair and makeup? Whatever it is, use your creativity and create a video about prom YOUR way.  The winners will win prizes like makeovers, haircuts and more.

Who Can Enter the Contest?

Teens ages 13-18 who have filled out our release form (Form for under 18 | Form for 18-year-olds). (13 is the minimum age to register for an online service, like YouTube, which is being used in this contest).

How Do You Enter the Contest?

  • All video entries must be an original work made between Feb. 15, 2013 and March 31, 2013.
  • There is no fee for submitting the entry.
  • Only one entry may be entered per person or group. A maximum of six people may participate in any one group. Each participant needs to fill out a release form. Release forms must be submitted by midnight on March 15, 2013.
  • Videos and release forms must be submitted by midnight on March 31, 2013. Release forms can be emailed to or turned in to the Teen Space at any library location. Videos can be submitted: (1) By uploading to YouTube, tagged with the letters YourPromYourWayDC. (2) By uploading to the DCPL YouTube page in the Teen Space at any library location with the letters YourPromYourWayDC. (3) By emailing to

If you have questions about the contest, please contact DC Public Library at 202-727-5535, or

Who Wins?

A panel of judges will select the winners. Decisions made by the review panel are final.

What Do I Win?

One boy and one girl will each win a full prom makeover, including hair styling, haircut, dress and tuxedo.

The Fine Print

  • Video entries must be between 1 and 3 minutes in length.
  • Anyone who is recognizable in the video is considered a contestant/participant and MUST have a release form signed in order for the video to be eligible for the contest. Videos may have up to 6 participants.
  • Entries may be live-action, animation, machinima, or a combination of these.
  • Music, images, and video clips included in the video must be legally licensed either by obtaining the copyright holder’s permission, using materials licensed through Creative Commons licensing, or using entirely original content created by the teen(s) submitting the project. You can check out additional general information about copyright at Copyright for Kids ( and the United States Department of Justice (
  • Original work must be created by teens eligible for the contest. Consulting adults is permissible, but the planning, production and selection of subject matter must all be created entirely by people 18 and younger.
  • Contestants agree that DC Public Library may publish their video and name(s) and may use both in future advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials. Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights, in and to the video to DC Public Library.
  • DC Public Library may alter, modify or revise the video as it sees fit for marketing purposes.
  • DC Public Library has no obligation to use the winning video for any purpose whatsoever.
  • DC Public Library is not responsible for any lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected or illegal submissions.
  • DC Public Library may disqualify any entry based on content and/or production.
  • All costs associated with making and submitting a video are the contestant’s responsibility. DC Public Library will not reimburse or be responsible for any costs incurred in the making or submission of any entry.
  • All entries must adhere to the YouTube Community Guidelines, as stated on the YouTube web site at
  • DC Public Library reserves the right not to choose a winner(s).