My Life Make a Video Book Trailer Competition

I’m running a book trailer-making competition in partnership with Dymocks Children’s Charities. Top prize is $500 cash for the filmmaker plus $500 worth of books for your school. Entries close 31 August 2016 at 11:59pm.

All you have to do is make a short video inspired by my new book My Life & Other Exploding Chickens. A book trailer is like a movie trailer but for a book. The competition is open to primary school students across Australia. You might want to make videos as a class project or try to take all the glory and make your own after school.

Here’s the trailer I made for My Life & Other Exploding Chickens to give you some inspiration:

And here’s me and a very large duck named Dymock telling you everything you need to know about the competition:

How to Make a Book Trailer

So, get hold of the book through your book store or library (you can read a sample here), start dreaming your short video, read my comprehensive ‘How to Make a Book Trailer’ post.

Check out my book trailers for the other My Life books at my Youtube Channel, including one where I’m attacked by some stinky kids with a bucket of slime and another featuring a bunch of old folks escaping from a nursing home.



  1. April 26, 2016 / 1:54 am

    How do you send it in

  2. Anonymous
    June 18, 2016 / 5:05 am

    Hi Tristan

    Can you please tell me if this competition has closed or when it closes?


  3. June 20, 2016 / 4:23 am

    Hey Anna

    It closes 31 August 2016 at 11:59pm. Thanks for pointing that out. I just put the closing date on the page above.

    Good luck!


  4. Anonymous
    June 20, 2016 / 9:34 am

    can you visit burwood public school please

  5. June 27, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Love to come to Burwood Public School, Anonymous!

    I'll be touring in March, May and June 2017 so hopefully then! Mention it to your librarian. 😉


  6. Anonymous
    September 6, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Hi Tristan,
    Is it too late to enter?
    I know you said 31st of August but you haven't put up a winner or said the competition is closed.
    I would love to enter.

  7. September 6, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Hi Anonymous!

    I wish we could accept late entries but the competition is already being judged. I'll have another My Life competition next year so hopefully you can enter that one!



  8. October 3, 2016 / 3:24 am

    Who won?

  9. Yuki
    October 1, 2021 / 10:55 am

    Hi Tristan,

    Are you having a contest this year? or maybe next year?

    Thanks, Yuki

    • Tristan
      October 5, 2021 / 10:58 am

      Hey Yuki. I was involved in the CBCA’s book trailer competition, Collide. Look it up and it’ll be running next year, too, I’m sure!



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