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2015 Book Pipeline Contest

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– Grand Prize Winner: Zach Fortier –

ZachI Am Raymond Washington

Zach Fortier was a police officer for over 30 years, specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence, and sex crimes as an investigator. He has written five books about police work. Curbchek, the first book, is a case-by-case account of the streets, as he worked them from the start of his 30 career. Streetcreds details the time Zach spent in a gang task force and the cases that occurred. The third book is by far the most gritty: Curbchek-Reload, where Zach is damaged–and dangerously so, suffering from PTSD and the day-to-day violence of working the street. Hero To Zero is Zach’s fourth book and recalls cops he worked with that were incredibly talented but ended up going down in flames–some ended up in jail, prison, and one on the FBI’s ten most wanted list. Released in 2014, Landed On Black covers the constant state of hyper-vigilance required to survive the double crosses and betrayals that occurred on the streets and in the police department.

In the biography I am Raymond Washington, Zach offers an unprecedented illustration of the original founder of the Crips gang. Filled with eyewitness accounts and recollections from friends and family, a complete portrayal is presented of this still enigmatic figure. In addition to winning Book Pipeline, I am Raymond Washington has garnered numerous awards:

– Bronze medal, 2015 IPPY Awards
– Finalist, 2015 IAN Book Awards (both General Non-Fiction and Bio/Memoir categories)
– Bronze medal, 2015 Readers Favorite International Book Awards
– Finalist, 2015 Kindle Book Awards
– Finalist, 2015 USA Today Book Awards

From Book Pipeline: “It can be difficult to strike an unbiased balance when profiling any polarizing individual, let alone one as enigmatic as Raymond Washington, a still lesser-known figure even amongst those familiar with the Crips/Bloods rivalry and the Los Angeles gang landscape from the 60s to the present day. For a former police officer to remain impartial and extract the truth behind one of the country’s most notorious gang leaders? Difficult, indeed.

But Zach Fortier’s exploration into the life and evolution of Raymond Washington considers a number of angles, theories, and stories from the men who witnessed firsthand the formation of the Crips and the true persona of a man most now acknowledge as the real founder of the Crips. The result is a truly compelling narrative. Part biography on Raymond, part exposé into the culture and origins of gang life, Fortier neither glorifies nor vilifies Raymond Washington or his counterparts. As someone with so many years of direct experience working with gangs, Fortier poses a running question here far bigger than Raymond Washington alone: what compels someone to start, join, and stay in an organized gang? What is it about the lifestyle that continues to draw in thousands of young people worldwide every year? Educated assumptions are made by Fortier, but he’s careful not to paint this portrait in black and white.

In its own way, Raymond’s legendary status is the stuff of Godfather-esque proportions on a smaller scale (arguably. . .), yet no less significant in the evolution of urban America. It’s a story relatively limited in scope (Raymond was killed at 25), but broad in social implication—and as such, it’s one with documentary, scripted TV series, and feature film possibilities. A grounded Shakespearian epic taking place in a small collection of neighborhoods in Los Angeles, ripe for adaptation.”

– Finalists (6) –

nb_headshotExecutive Outcomes
by Nick Bicanic

Nick Bicanic is a filmmaker and a technologist who mixes left brain and right brain stuff on an ongoing basis.

Charming if desired–rude and cutting if required–Nick is equally at home on an MMA fighting mat, a unix command prompt, a mast-high crushing north swell, behind the controls of a helicopter, convincing a board about strategic changes of direction, field-stripping a SIG 552 Commando blindfolded, or inventing new paradigms in mobile phone user interface design.

He wrote, directed, and produced the 4-time LEO award-winning documentary Shadow Company, a unique insight into the secret world of modern day soldiers for hire. It was critically acclaimed and resulted in multiple media appearances including ABC, NBC, CBS, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, and a testimony in front of US Congress as a subject matter expert on the usage of mercenaries in modern warfare.

More recently, he produced The War Against Boko Haram for VICE News and published his first book, Executive Outcomes, a graphic novel based on his script of the same name.

He is also a serial entrepreneur and is considered one of the best mobile product visionaries in Silicon Valley. He has raised money from Silicon Valley luminaries including Google Ventures and has spent the last four years running multiple teams developing consumer mobile apps on all mobile phone platforms.

Nick is currently a founder at RVLVR, a unique new VR/AR storytelling company.

Seaton Kay-Smith HeadshotA Fistful of Clones
by Seaton Kay-Smith

With television writing credits including ABC’s Good Game and The Roast, as well as the latest season of You’re Skitting Me, Seaton Kay-Smith has written for A Rational Fear and Backchat on FBi Radio and performed stand-up comedy at Sydney Fringe (2012-2014), Adelaide Fringe (2013), and Sydney Comedy Festival (2013-2015). He also appeared on season 7 of Australia’s Got Talent in 2013.

In 2014, he wrote, produced, and performed in Lost Pilots, a comedy radio series on FBi. And in 2015 his debut novel, A Fistful of Clones, was published by Harper Collins.

He was selected as one of six emerging writers to attend the Screen Australia funded Deadlock Script Lab, and along with Nick Hunter was a finalist in the NSW Creative Achievement Awards.

by Frazer Lee

Frazer Lee is a novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker.

His debut novel The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for ‘Superior Achievement in a First Novel’. Frazer’s other published works include the Amazon #1 horror/thriller Panic Button: The Official Movie Novelisation, novels The Jack in the Green and The Skintaker, and the Daniel Gates Adventures series of novellas.

Frazer’s screenplay credits include the acclaimed horror/thriller feature Panic Button, and multi-award winning short films On Edge, Red Lines, Simone, and The Stay. Frazer’s screenwriting and story consultant engagements have included commissions for Movie Mogul, Mediente, eMotion, and Vanquish Alliance Entertainment.

His film and television directing credits include the multi award-winning shorts On Edge and Red Lines, and the promo campaign for the Discovery Channel series True Horror With Anthony Head. His latest short film The Stay had its World Premiere at World Horror Con Atlanta USA 2015 and was awarded Best Atmosphere at the Independent Horror Movie Awards in October of that year. Frazer was named one of the Top 12 UK film directors in the MySpace.com Movie Mash-up contest by a panel including representatives from 20th Century Fox, Vertigo Films, and Film Four.

Frazer lectures in Creative Writing and Screenwriting at Brunel University London and Birkbeck, University of London and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers. His guest speaking engagements have included The London Screenwriters Festival and The Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass. Frazer Lee lives with his family in Buckinghamshire, England just across the cemetery from the actual Hammer House of Horror.

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Douglas Wentworth headshot blueStranded
by Douglas Wentworth

Frank D’Angeli’s (aka Douglas Wentworth) first writing effort was a spec screenplay that was purchased for the television series Columbo, making it only the second spec script ever purchased in Columbo‘s 35-year history. Frank’s debut novel, Stranded, in addition to placing as a finalist in Book Pipeline, was the gold medal winner in the sci-fi/fantasy category in the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards. The Stranded screenplay, co-written with David Hogan, was a finalist in the 2015 Script Pipeline First Look Contest. Frank’s second novel, CarnEvil, was also a finalist in the 2014 Book Pipeline Competition. The novel and the associated screenplay is in development with New England Capitol Pictures. His horror short story, The Tower, was awarded top honors in the 2015 Saugus.net Halloween Horror Contest.

Frank lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two dogs.


09Nathalie bwThe Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans

Natalie Meg Evans (The Dress Thief) has been an art student, actor, PR copywriter, book-keeper and bartender. She is the author of three published novels which take as their starting point the turmoil of the late 1930s and World War Two and focus on the personal struggles of individuals caught up in these times. Though her writing occupies the commercial centre-ground, Natalie holds to the view that historical fiction can offer us a distant reflection of ourselves. Through history, we can view our current social crises from a clearer perspective. If that sounds overly earnest, each novel delves behind the scenes of a prestige industry: high fashion, millinery, wine making—rich arenas of human conflict!

Brought up in the UK, and presently living in rural Suffolk where she writes full time, Natalie was born in Zimbabwe, then Southern Rhodesia, to a mechanic father and a teacher mother. Her mother’s love of all things French made a deep impression, as did a spell in Paris at a formative age. Her first two books are set in that city.

The Dress Thief was shortlisted for a Romance Writers of America Rita© award in 2015 and won the UK’s Festival of Romance readers’ prize for ‘The best historical’. The Milliner’s Secret was shortlisted for ‘Best Historical novel’ in the UK’s Love Stories awards. She won the Harry Bowling Prize (2012) and gained first place in the USA’s Houston Emily awards for historical fiction. In 2012 she was a finalist for a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart©. She also picked up a nomination for the coveted Daphne du Maurier award. Natalie was long-listed for BBC Radio’s ‘Opening Lines’ short story call, and for the Mslexia ‘New Novel award.’ The Dress Thief was voted ‘Best Foreign Novel’ in the Greek Public Book awards. Find The Dress Thief here.



alejandra pictureThe Wet Woman by Alejandra Mattoni

Alejandra Diaz Mattoni lives and works in Los Angeles. She has a master’s degree in comparative literature and graduated from seminary a few years back. Her work has appeared in Gawker and The Morning News. The Wet Woman is her debut novel and is available on Amazon.

 Alejandra is currently working on a screenplay about a Lebanese girl determined to play water polo, a young adult novel, and various short stories. When she’s not reading, her favorite way to relax is to put up her feet and write.


– Semifinalists / Honorable Mentions (5) –

Do Not Resuscitate by Nicholas Ponticello

Jubilee by Jennifer Givhan

Just a Theory by Annie Wood

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

The Virus by Janelle Diller

2014 Book Pipeline Contest

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– Grand Prize Winner: Milo Behr – Milo Behr

Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus (sci-fi/thriller)

Milo Behr grew up in New York, Central America, Europe and the Middle East. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies alongside David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Eugie Foster, and others. Academically, he’s published through IEEE, ICSTC and others, and spoken at SIGGRAPH, BIA/Kelsey’s ILM, VFX and elsewhere. Milo has taught, and guest-lectures on, film production and information technology on the university level, and has twice been commended by the US Army for outstanding research. He invented DigiClay Animation (his animation shop was the first to computer-animate Gumby), Cryptocast streaming media encryption, and a variety of other technologies. He lives among the Rocky Mountains with his wife and three children.

A sequel to his Book Pipeline winning novel will be released in 2015. Read Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus.

From Book Pipeline: “Such a rich, immersive experience. The story digs in its feet from the first chapter and pushes the reader through a futuristic backdrop devoid of the tropes we see far too often. Milo has imagined a remarkably vivid neo-noir type world built upon a grounded sense of the future without sacrificing the expectations of the genre. Intentional or not, what’s most impressive is the malleability of the story: as a film, as a mini-series, or potentially a multiple-season TV show, given the episodic potential of the premise. Definitely an emerging sci-fi writing talent worth keeping an eye on.”

– Finalists (4) –

Stacia Saint Owens high res 2-1Auto-Erotica (drama) by Stacia Saint Owens

Stacia Saint Owens grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a BFA in Theatre with a Playwriting concentration from Southern Methodist University. At Brown, she was awarded the university’s Weston Prize in Writing and a full Graduate School fellowship.

Her short story collection, Auto-Erotica, is the winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize in Writing. Her writing awards include The Princess Grace Foundation Award in Film, George Burns and Gracie Allan Comedy Writing Award, Slamdance Film Festival/ Sci-Fi Channel Horror Writing Award, Rosenfeld Playwriting Award, Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP) Screenwriters Lab, American Film Institute Television Writers Workshop, CineStory Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship (semi-finalist), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference (finalist), Paramount Pictures Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project (finalist), Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scriptwriting Internship (finalist) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (quarterfinalist).

She has taught Drama and Creative Writing at public high schools in East Los Angeles and London’s East End; in a women’s prison; and at an Ivy League university. She is a former Lecturer in English Literature at Harrow College in London, where she currently lives. Read Auto-Erotica.

Melanie 059(2)Hand Me Down (drama) by Melanie Thorne

Melanie Thorne is the author of Hand Me Down, a debut novel in the tradition of Dorothy Allison and Janet Fitch. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012 and a 2013 ALA Alex Award nominee, Hand Me Down received four stars from People and has been praised by media, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Candy, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Associated Press. Melanie’s other writing has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Global City Review, and The Nervous Breakdown, and she earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of CA, Davis.

She was awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship, the Maurice Prize in Fiction, and a residency at the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and she was a 2014 Virginia Quarterly Review Nonfiction Scholar and a 2014 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Mentor.

Melanie lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Read Hand Me Down.

Syncing Forward (sci-fi/thriller) by W. Lawrence

W. Lawrence was born in San Francisco, California and moved two dozen times before settling in Pennsylvania with his extraordinarily patient wife and two precocious daughters. He wants a boy dog.

Besides placing as a finalist in Book Pipeline, Syncing Forward won the 1st Place Gold Award in the 2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for Science Fiction/Fantasy. When not writing, Lawrence works in the world of corporate security as an investigator and professional interviewer/interrogator. He is obsessed with 5K zombie runs, comes home empty-handed from hunting turkeys, and loves non-fiction books about pirates. He has no problem reconciling that his two favorite shows are Downton Abbey and The Walking DeadRead Syncing Forward.

Shank_JennyThe Ringer (crime/drama) by Jenny Shank

Jenny Shank’s novel, The Ringer, won the High Plains Book Award and was a finalist for the Mountains & Plains independent Booksellers Association’s Reading the West Award.

Her stories, essays, satire, and reviews have appeared in The AtlanticThe GuardianThe Washington Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, McSweeney’s, The OnionPoets & Writers Magazine, Bust MagazinePrairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Dallas Morning News, PBS MediaShiftThe RumpusThe Toast, The Huffington Post and The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals.

She is a Mullin Scholar in writing at USC and teaches creative writing in the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, and son. Read The Ringer.

– Semifinalists / Honorable Mentions (7) –

A Bitter Veil (period drama/thriller) by Libby Fisher Hellmann

CarnEvil (horror) by Douglas Wentworth

Cerulean (futuristic drama/sci-fi) by Jason M. Vaughn

Jane at the Fair (period drama) by David H. Stuart

Making Manna (drama) by Eric Lotke

The Red Sheet (YA drama) by Mia Kerick

Tunnel Visions (drama/mystery) by Kurt Kamm