2016 Book Pipeline Competition

Special Entry Deadline: May 5th, 2016

Entry fee – $40

The 3rd 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 (ExtantI Am Legend), Benderspink (Red Queen, The Ring), Darko Entertainment (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and other top production companies and agencies best-suited for developing the selected projects.

Continuing to build upon the success of the Script Pipeline writing competitions, Book Pipeline aims to deliver unique, compelling stories to the industry–with the specific intent of getting them on the fast-track to film and television production. The contest is open to all genres, and both new and established writers may enter.

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Acceptable entries include:

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

Submission Requirements:

– A brief synopsis of the story. No length requirement, but 1-3 pages is typical. Please note this is required for all entries.

– In addition, for novels, novellas, and other full-length or in-progress 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.

Materials may be uploaded during registration, or sent by email to after registration.

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

Criteria & Review: 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 in the latter rounds of review.

Every entrant will receive brief, general feedback on their submission, specifically on the material’s adaptation potential, after results have been announced. Notes will be sent direct via email.


– Material may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available

– Writers selected for the final rounds of judging may submit their full novel for review, if available. However, the final decisions will not hinge on a writer having the completed manuscript. Our primary concerns are the overall pitch and story synopsis in addition to the sample chapters to determine writing ability.

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

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Grand Prize Winner:

– $5,000

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

– Editorial write-up from Script Pipeline covering the material

Finalists (2-8) and Winner – Announced April 1st, 2017 (appx.):

– 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 mid-March, 2017:

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

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Benderspink – management/production company founded by Chris Bender and JC Spink. Upcoming films include Red Queen (from the novel by Victoria Aveyard), The Last Voyage of Demeter, a live-action adaptation of Disney’s Mulan, and the third installment of The Ring, based on 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 Ford. Lakeshore is also adapting a screen version of the Henry Farrell book What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The 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 served as executive producer with Steven Spielberg on the CBS sci-fi/drama Extant, starring Academy Award-Winner Halle Berry. In 2013, Weaver co-produced the thriller Out of the Furnace with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott. Energy has a number of other projects in development and pre-production, including a reboot of I Am Legend.


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 and Prejudice and Zombies 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 2000, 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. Several other films from Script Pipeline writers are in development and production with major producers. Numerous writers in recent years have found representation with companies such as Benderspink, UTA, WME, and other agencies and managers as a direct result of Script Pipeline’s facilitation.

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