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Contest Results

2018 Book Pipeline Contest

By December 17, 2018 No Comments

2018 Semifinalists Announced: February 20th, 2019

Winner and Finalists Announced: mid-March, 2019

*NOTE: We recently changed the structure of Book Pipeline and divided the main competition into separate submission platforms: Fiction and Non-fiction. This change does NOT, in any way, affect the 2018 season, which accepted any and all formats.

Results will be posted on this page on February 20th. Semifinalists will be notified by email or phone at least a day prior. 

As a reminder, details on the 2018 season are below:

Submission Criteria

Acceptable entries:

  • 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 entry@bookpipeline.com 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– Material may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available.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

Industry Reviewing

The following are Book Pipeline partners receiving first look at the winner and finalists.

QC Entertainment (Academy Award nominated producers of Get Out)

Good Fear Film + Management (RingsPolaroid)

Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of AdalineMillion Dollar BabyUnderworld)

Energy Entertainment (ExtantI Am Legend)

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

Madhouse Entertainment (The ArkPrisoners)

Zero Gravity Management (OzarkBeasts of No Nation)

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


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