The 5th Annual Book Pipeline Competition

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Exclusive Deadline: April 15th, 2018

The 5th Annual Book Pipeline Competition seeks material for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide, the contest accepts any genre, fiction or non-fiction. Published and unpublished works are both acceptable.

One Grand Prize Winner receives $10,000 and circulation to Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby, American Pastoral), QC Entertainment (producer of Academy Award Nominee Get Out), Good Fear Film + Management (Polaroid), Energy Entertainment (Extant), Silent R Management (reps Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins), in addition to other leading production companies, managers, and agencies best-suited for developing the selected projects.

Finalists and semifinalists also receive circulation consideration with the specific intent of getting them on the fast track to film and TV production.

Most recently, contest winner I Am Raymond Washington was optioned by Zero Gravity Management (Ozark, Beasts of No Nation). Book Pipeline execs sent the material to several production companies before the biography was picked up.

“Prior to the option agreement, Book Pipeline pushed my book week after week, month after month to anyone who would listen to the potential Raymond Washington’s life story held. I am hopeful now that one day soon ‘I am Raymond Washington’ will exist on either the small or big screen so audiences can learn of this amazing person and the life he lived.”
– Zach Fortier, Book Pipeline Contest Winner (I Am Raymond Washington)


Exclusive Deadline: April 15th, 2018 – $40/entry

Regular Deadline: November 15th, 2018 – $65/entry

2018 Semifinalists Announced: February, 2019

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Submission Criteria

Acceptable entries include:

  • Novels
  • Non-fiction
  • Plays
  • Graphic Novels and comics
  • Book proposals or pitches (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Short stories

Process and Requirements:

– For novels, novellas, and other full-length books: approximately the first 5,000 words + full synopsis (1-3 pages)

– For plays, graphic novels, proposals, and short stories: the complete manuscript + full synopsis (1-3 pages)

*Materials may be uploaded during registration, OR sent as an attachment to afterward. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with further info and instructions.

Criteria & Review: All entries are judged on the basis of concept originality, writing ability, and the property’s viability as a film or television series in the current marketplace. Judges consist of Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline executives.

Feedback: Every entrant will receive general feedback on their submission, specifically on the material’s adaptation potential. Comments are emailed after final judging is completed in March 2019.


– Material may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available.

– Book Pipeline does not take a percentage of any future option or sale of your work, and all rights remain with the author, regardless of their final placement in the competition.

– Any genre accepted, including children’s books and projects intended for animation.

– Supplemental materials (illustrations, character bios, etc.) are optional.

For additional questions, email our contest coordinator.

View full terms here


Grand Prize Winner

– $10,000

– Immediate and long-term circulation to top companies in the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline network (see list below for companies receiving first look at the winner)

– Development assistance from Book Pipeline execs to help adapt the material into a screenplay, TV pilot, or pitch

– Additional review of other material for potential industry circulation

– Editorial write-up from Book Pipeline covering the winning submission

Finalists (2-8) and Winner

– Immediate and long-term circulation to top production companies and execs in the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline network

– Additional review of other material and potential for industry circulation

Semifinalists (10-20)

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

Industry Reviewing


The following are Book Pipeline partners receiving first look at the winner and finalists. Follow the link to see recent credits and learn more about the company.

QC Entertainment (Academy Award nominated producers of Get Out)

Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of Adaline, Million Dollar Baby, Underworld)

Good Fear Film + Management (Rings, Polaroid)

Energy Entertainment (Extant, I Am Legend)

Silent R Management / Jewerl Ross (reps Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight)

Madhouse Entertainment (The Ark, Prisoners)

Finalists and semifinalists also receive personalized circulation to Script Pipeline’s industry network of 150+ producers and agencies, with long-term, ongoing assistance for the winner and finalists.

Submit to the Competition