Book Pipeline Competition

2015 Competition Semifinalists Announced:
March 15th, 2016

Next Season Opens:
April 1st, 2016

The 2nd Annual Book Pipeline Competition is searching for authors with material appropriate for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will receive circulation to Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar BabyAmerican Pastoral), Energy Entertainment (Extant), Benderspink (We’re the Millers, A History of Violence), Darko Entertainment (Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies), and other top production companies and agencies best-suited for developing the selected projects.

Building upon the success of the Script Pipeline writing competitions, the Book Pipeline Contest aims to continue discovering new talent and delivering unique, compelling stories to the industry–with the specific intent of getting them on the fast-track to production.

Acceptable entries include:

  • Novels and non-fiction books (up to approximately first 5,000 words)
  • Plays
  • Graphic Novels
  • Book proposals or pitches (fiction only)
  • Short stories

What to submit:

– For novels, novellas, and other full-length books, we’ll accept up to approximately the first 5,000 words. For plays, graphic novels, proposals, and short stories, the complete manuscript may be submitted.

– A brief synopsis of the story. No length requirement for the synopsis, but 1-3 pages is typical.

*supplemental materials, such as character breakdowns, author bio, and so forth are optional.

Criteria: All entries are judged on the basis of concept originality, writing ability, and primarily the property’s viability as a film or television series. Judges will consist of Script Pipeline executives and the supporting management/production companies.

Feedback: Every entrant receives brief feedback on their submission once semifinalist results have been announced in March 2016. There is no extra fee for these general comments. The feedback will typically cover your story’s adaptation potential for film or TV, as well as some thoughts on the overall writing and story elements.


– Books and graphic novels may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available

– Writers selected for latter rounds of judging must submit their full novel for review, if available. Requests for the full book will be made between December 15th and around mid-February at the latest, prior to the March semifinalist announcement.

– Supplemental materials (illustrations, character bios, etc.) may be included as well.

View full terms here



– $2,000 cash

– Airfare to Los Angeles for meetings with development executives, as well as agencies and literary reps (e.g. Paradigm, Benderspink, and other top companies)

– Editorial write-up from Script Pipeline covering the material

Finalists (2-8) and Winner – Announced April 1st, 2016:

– Industry circulation to over 200 companies searching for new literary material

– Additional one-on-one development assistance and consultation from Script Pipeline executives

– Editorial write-up from Script Pipeline covering the material

Semifinalists (10-20) – Announced March 15th, 2016:

– Consideration for industry circulation and personal development assistance from Script Pipeline executives



Benderspink – management/production company founded by Chris Bender and JC Spink. Recent films include We’re the Millers (Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis), Vacation (Ed Helms, Christina Applegate), and the upcoming films Criminal (Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds) and third installment of The Ring, from the book by Japanese author Kôji Suzuki. Benderspink produced the Oscar-Nominated A History of Violence in 2005 and has numerous high-profile films in development across all genres.



LakeshoreLakeshore Entertainment – producers of the Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby and several hit studio films, including The Lincoln LawyerUnderworld, and American Pastoral, based on the Philip Roth novel. In 2015, Lakeshore produced the acclaimed drama The Age of Adeline, with Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Michiel Huisman (Orphan BlackGame of Thrones), and Harrison FordThe company is actively searching for all types of genres for both film and television.


Energy Entertainment – management/production company launched by Brooklyn Weaver in 2001. Brooklyn is currently serving as executive producer with Steven Spielberg on the CBS sci-fi/drama Extant, starring Academy Award-Winner Halle Berry. In 2013, Weaver produced the thriller Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott. Energy has a number of other projects in development and pre-production.


Darko Entertainment – launched by producers Sean McKittrick, Richard Hamm Jr., and writer Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), Darko seeks director-driven films with a “unique voice,” in addition to literary material that can be adapted for the independent market. Notable projects include the cult hit Donnie DarkoBad Words (Jason Bateman), The Box (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden), and the ensemble action/comedy Operation: Endgame (Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin), co-produced with Script Pipeline’s Chad Clough. An adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies will be released in 2016, starring a predominantly UK cast that includes Lena Heady (Game of Thrones), Lily James (Downton AbbeyCinderella), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).


Paradigm – founded in 1992, Paradigm has grown to become a leading entertainment talent agency with an upper-echelon roster of actors, directors, writers, and producers. The company represents all types of writers, from screenwriters to playwrights.


Launched in 1999, Script Pipeline has since become an industry leader in connecting writers with studios, producers, agents, managers, and entertainment executives, resulting in spec sales totaling $5 million over the past decade. The company helped launch the career of Evan Daugherty, writer of Snow White and the Huntsman and, most recently, adaptations of studio hits Divergent, Ninja Turtles, and Tomb Raider. Numerous writers in recent years have found representation with companies such as Benderspink, UTA, WME, CAA, and other major agencies and managers as a direct result of Script Pipeline’s facilitation.

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