2015 Book Pipeline Competition


The 2nd Annual Book Pipeline Competition is searching for playwrights and authors with material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will have meetings with Energy Entertainment (Extant), Benderspink (We’re the Millers, A History of Violence), Paradigm, and Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar BabyAmerican Pastoral) to discuss further development and the potential for production.

Building upon the success of the Script Pipeline writing competitions, the 2nd Annual Book Pipeline Contest aims to continue discovering new talent and delivering unique, compelling stories to the industry–with the specific intent of getting projects on the fast-track to production.

Early Deadline: July 15th, 2015

Results Announced: March 2016

Submit to the Book Pipeline Competition
Acceptable entries include:

  • Novels and non-fiction books (up to first 3 chapters, or first 5,000 words)
  • Plays
  • Graphic Novels
  • Book proposals or pitches (fiction only)
  • Short stories


– Books and graphic novels may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available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

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

View full terms here


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



– $2,000 cash

– Airfare to Los Angeles for meetings, or to attend the 2016 Script Pipeline / Book Pipeline pitchfest (or $500 airfare reimbursement if winner is not based in US)

Finalists (2-8) and Winner:

– Entrance to the 2016 Script Pipeline / Book Pipeline pitchfest event in Santa Monica, CA.  The event will include representatives from Energy Entertainment, Benderspink, and Paradigm, in addition to other companies seeking literary material.

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

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

Semifinalists (10-20):

– Consideration for industry circulation and personal development assistance from Script Pipeline executives
Submit to the Book Pipeline Competition

– Invitation to the 2016 Script Pipeline / Book Pipeline pitchfest.



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. He has a number of other studio-level projects in development and pre-production.


Benderspink – management/production company founded by Chris Bender and JC Spink. Recent films include We’re the Millers and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Benderspink produced the Oscar-Nominated A History of Violence in 2005 and has numerous high-profile projects in development across all genres.

ParadigmLogoParadigm – 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.

LakeshoreLakeshore Entertainment - producers of the Oscar-nominated Million Dollar Baby and several hit studio films, including The Lincoln LawyerUnderworld, and American Pastoral, based on the Philip Roth novel. Lakeshore is actively searching for all types of genres for both film and television.
Submit to the Book Pipeline Competition


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 major studio projects 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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