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Evaluating Manuscripts, Proposals, Synopses, & Queries

Submit to a professional editor for review.


Adapting Books for Film & TV

Next Deadline: August 15th


Finding Lit Agents and Publishers for Authors

Next Deadline: August 20th


Unpublished Winner Signs with Agent

Carol Mann Agency signs Nonfiction winner Melissa Duge Spiers after Pipeline introduction.


Workshop "Recommend" Author Signs with Agent

After recommendation from the Workshop team, Laura Garrison signed with Erin Clyburn at Howland Literary.


Agent Signs Book Pipeline Winner

Unpublished Winner Laura Picklesimer signed with The Rights Factory


Book Pipeline Finalists Secure Publishing Deal

Unpublished Finalists Jessi Honard & Marie Parks signed a deal with Not a Pipe Publishing


Pipeline Artists

A platform for creatives - now accepting short fiction


Debut Novel by Book Pipeline Winner Releases 2022

Tara Stringfellow's "Memphis" published by Dial Press (Penguin Random House)


Book Pipeline on Twitter

#PipelineAuthors virtual mixers every Thursday @ 5pm Pacific


Amy B. Scher Wins 2020 Adaptation Competition

"This Is How I Save My Life" lauded by Pipeline execs as a potential "cinematic gem"


Winner "The Last to See Me" Spins a Fresh Take on a Ghost Story

Sequel "I See You So Close" released in 2020 by Simon & Schuster


The Book Pipeline Workshop provides a broad analysis of fiction, nonfiction, synopses, and queries from professional editors. Top material considered for circulation to lit agents and publishers.

Open for Review


Adaptation Contest

The Book Pipeline Adaptation contest seeks published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and TV adaptation. Winner and finalists receive development and circulation to producers.

Deadline: August 15th, 2022


Unpublished Contest

The Book Pipeline Unpublished contest reviews unpublished manuscripts across multiple categories of fiction and nonfiction. Select publishers and agents get first look at the winners and runners-up.

Deadline: August 20th, 2022



Book Pipeline connects writers worldwide with publishers, agents, and the film industry. Through two competitions—Unpublished and Adaptation—the company seeks both new and established authors. Additionally, through its Workshop, Book Pipeline aids creators in identifying key issues early on in their writing process with an experienced team of professional editors.

Since the division’s rebrand in 2020, Book Pipeline has helped many authors secure literary representation and publishing deals through its unique, long-term, hands-on facilitation process.

In total, across Film, Book, and Script Pipeline, approximately 25,000 pieces of creative material are reviewed annually, with over 4,000 entries submitted to Book Pipeline in 2021.

Learn more about Script Pipeline, Film PipelinePipeline Media, and Pipeline Artists, a platform to educate and inspire creatives.

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Book Pipeline: Spotlight

I Must Betray You

By Spotlight: Must-Reads

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys young adult historical thriller Philomel Books—February 2022 I wanted to slap myself across the face. Looking back over all the wonderful works I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing for Book Pipeline, I’m proud to say I’ve read across a wide gamut of genres and subject matters. As any critic worth their salt will tell you—what you choose to read/watch and then write about says a lot about who you are as not only a consumer of the arts, but also as a human in general. And I think that my selection of novels and nonfiction so far have given you a pretty good glimpse into my personality. All that said (and ego stroking aside), I recently noticed a glaring hole in my repertoire: I hadn’t reviewed a single Young Adult or Middle Grade novel. *Insert theatrical gasp here* I’m not one of those…

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From Book Pipeline Writers

“Before winning the 2021 Book Pipeline Adaptation contest, my adventures in the screen trade left more than a bad taste in my mouth. There were false starts and broken promises. Productions that seemed fated for the green light only to wither to dust. Then I wrote Under Color of Law, and I felt invigorated by the possibility of adapting it into a series. I submitted my novel to Book Pipeline, and now, I finally have a team in my corner.”

Aaron Philip Clark (The Color of Law)Adaptation Grand Prize Winner

“Winning the Book Pipeline contest was the biggest career turbo-boost I could imagine. The Pipeline team really makes good on their offer to shepherd you and your project through every step of getting repped and published. They begin the minute you win and work tirelessly from that moment to make opportunities happen. I am beyond thrilled to have signed with Dani Segelman and The Carol Mann Agency, and I will be forever grateful to Book Pipeline for introducing us!”

Melissa Duge Spiers (The Glory Whole)Unpublished Grand Prize Winner (Nonfiction)

“The Book Pipeline team is fantastic. They know the publishing industry extremely well, and they want every writer to succeed. Their support and encouragement have been phenomenal. Erica Davis’s notes gave me the inspiration I needed to finish my manuscript, and Peter Malone Elliott introduced me to an agent (Erin Clyburn at the Jennifer De Chiara Agency) who is a perfect match for my writing. If you’re thinking about submitting to the workshop and wondering if it’s worthwhile: do it! This experience opened doors I would otherwise have been knocking on for years.”

Laura Garrison (Toad Skin)Workshop "Recommends" Author

“The Book Pipeline team has been incredible throughout this journey, offering me support, encouragement and assistance with querying my debut novel. Natalie Kimber is a perfect match, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Book Pipeline. I am thrilled to be joining The Rights Factory!”

Laura Picklesimer (Kill for Love)Unpublished Grand Prize Winner (Mystery/Thriller)

“As any debut writer knows, navigating the submission process after bleeding into your first manuscript can be truly lonely and brutal. Through Book Pipeline, I met an incredible network of industry professionals who provided support, direction, and companionship when I needed it most. This is an epic organization filled with epic people, and I couldn't be more grateful for their continued belief in me and my work.”

John Cosgrove (The Black Space Behind Our Eyes)Unpublished Grand Prize Winner (Outsider)

“As debut authors, it's so hard to stand out without someone standing behind you, and that's exactly what Book Pipeline has done for us. They've helped us make important connections, they've advocated for us, and they've made it clear they're investing in our entire careers. We couldn't be more thrilled or grateful for the opportunity to have their support. It's more than we ever imagined when we first entered the contest. We wouldn't be where we are now--with our debut novel set for publication with a publishing house we adore--without them.”

Jessi Honard & Marie Parks (Unrelenting)Unpublished Finalist (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

“When I entered the Book Pipeline Unpublished contest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Being selected as a grand prize winner or finalist wasn’t an instant book deal or an instant agent contract. But as it turned out, those selections are much more: rather a long-term investment in not one book, but many in your career. As a finalist, I went from being one small voice drowning within the multitude, to being validated, valued, supported, and championed.”

Liz Fyne (The Speed of Free Fall)Unpublished Finalist (Literary)

“The Book Pipeline team advocates for your career with unparalleled sincerity and determination. Refining my work with their expert guidance has opened up an entirely new world of possibilities.”

Ari Halevy (Heretical)Unpublished Grand Prize Winner (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

“Placing as a finalist in the Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest was just what I needed to finally secure representation with a literary agent and ultimately sell my project to a reputable publisher. The Book Pipeline team took personal interest in my writing - not only in my unpublished manuscript, but screenplays as well. Their enthusiasm and encouragement has been a welcome bulwark in my journey as a writer.”

Samuel C. Spitale (How to Tell What's True)Unpublished Finalist (Nonfiction)

“Last year I lurked on the Book Pipeline site, mouse gliding like a Ouija board oculus to the “submit” button. I paused… do I believe in my work? Yes! *click!* Soon after, my book is circulated to Hollywood. These guys are for real.”

Tyler Knight (Burn My Shadow)Adaptation Finalist

“What sets Pipeline apart is the personal connection that’s made between them and the writers. As a novelist, being a finalist in the Adaptation contest propelled me to adapt my novel Anna Incognito into a screenplay, and everyone at Pipeline provided excellent guidance and encouragement. They are stellar human beings, regular people you can talk to, but also people who know a LOT about the film industry.”

Laura Preble (Anna Incognito)Adaptation Finalist

“Book Pipeline is a dream to work with. They immediately saw a clear vision of the adaptation for my book and it was brilliant. They knew just what parts of my story to hone in on and how to make them even more appealing to execs. I'm thrilled and honored to work with a team like this!”

Amy B. Scher (This is How I Save My Life)Adaptation Grand Prize Winner


Melissa Duge Spiers

By Interviews

Melissa Duge Spiers was the Grand Prize Winner of the Nonfiction category in the 2021 Book Pipeline Unpublished season with her memoir, The Glory Whole. After an introduction from Pipeline, Melissa signed with Dani Segelbaum of the Carol Mann Agency. With The Glory Whole, you managed quite the feat—the piece masterfully weaves a poignant coming-of-age story amidst a horrifying exposé of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, which you grew up in. Most memoirists wouldn’t dare attempt to do both simultaneously, let alone execute as well as you did. The Glory Whole is unsettling, hilarious, and touching all at once. In case you didn’t realize—I’m a huge fan. I’m curious, given the extremely personal nature of the writing, how difficult was the revision process? How were you able to effectively “detach” emotionally and look at the piece through an objective (as much as possible, anyway) editing lens? Oh my goodness, thank you! I don’t know how well I’ve detached,…

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Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – May 2022

By Adaptations in Development

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in May 2022. Sony Pictures International has picked up author Chetan Bhagat’s novel One Indian Girl, which was published by Indian publishing company Rupa & Co. in 2016. Bleeker Street Entertainment, Ten Acre Films, and Rockhill Studios are adapting Steven Dietz’s play Shooting Star for the screen under the new title What Happens Later. Dietz and Kirk Lynn will be providing the screenplay. Meg Ryan will direct, as well as star alongside David Duchovny. A Reddit post is getting the movie treatment! 3000 Pictures, Lit Entertainment Group, and Ground Control are producing I Think My Mother-In-Law Is Trying to Kill Me, based on Nick Moorefox’s 2019 short story that he posted on the website before it went viral. Jessica Knoll has been tapped to write the script. State Street Pictures and Scout Comics have optioned the graphic novel Assassin & Son…

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