Our 9th Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge

Our 9th Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge

3. Work alone, with a partner or in a group.

4. Only one submission per student.

If you submit as part of a group, you cannot enter separately as an individual.

5. Your video should be no more than 15 seconds, but it can be shorter.

Please double check the video length after you upload the video to YouTube.

6. The video should be appropriate for a Times audience.

7. Your video should help viewers understand and learn your word.

You can act the word out, animate it, use puppets, draw, sing a song, create a dance, incorporate photographs, create a Claymation or do anything else.

8. To participate in this contest, students, teachers or parents need to upload entries to YouTube.

Entrants must make sure their privacy settings are set to “public” or “unlisted” so our judges can view the submissions. We will judge only the videos that have been posted to YouTube — not other services — because YouTube videos more easily embed in our system. However, you can edit your video with any software (iMovie, TikTok, Adobe Premiere) so long as you upload the file to YouTube. Be sure that all entries abide by the YouTube Terms of Service. Also, be certain that you meet the age requirements to post videos on YouTube as explained in the company’s Terms of Service. If you are a minor in your country, you must always have your parent’s or guardian’s permission before using the service. If you do not meet YouTube’s age requirements, you can have a parent or guardian post on your behalf. If you are a teacher posting a video on behalf of students, be sure that you have permission from their parents or guardians to post any content.

8. Be sure to use only sound effects or music that is not copyright protected.

If you incorporate music or sound effects in your video, consider creating your own. Or, if you want to use royalty-free music and sound effects, such as those found on sites like Freesound or SoundBible, be sure to follow the attribution instructions for how to give proper credit. That may include listing the sound creator’s name in the YouTube video description.

9. If you use any sounds or music that is not your own, please list your sources in the entry form.

You can identify the URL of the web page from which you downloaded the sound or music.