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Book Pipeline: Unpublished

Awarding $15,000 and agency circulation to new authors.


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Unpublished Winner Laura Picklesimer signed with The Rights Factory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Unpublished Finalists Jessi Honard & Marie Parks signed a deal with Not a Pipe Publishing


Book Pipeline: Adaptation

Developing fiction and nonfiction - awarding $10,000


Pipeline Artists

A platform to educate, empower, and elevate creatives


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"


Debut Novel by Book Pipeline Winner Releases 2021

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


Book Pipeline Supports NaNoWriMo

Join one of the largest communities of new authors


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


Book Pipeline Winner: Whistleblower Exposes Unethical Administration

Paula Pedene's remarkable story detailed in "Veteran's Day"


Book Pipeline Co-Hosts Session at the Writer's Digest Conference

The 2019 NYC event drew close to 1,000 attendees


Book Pipeline Winner: Biography Highlights True Founder of Crips

The life of gang leader Raymond Washington by Zach Fortier


Book Pipeline Winner: A Timely One-Woman Comedy Play

"Application Pending" earns critical praise and multiple awards


Book Pipeline Winner: Vivid Neo-Noir Breathes Life into the Genre

Milo Behr's impressive novel wins first Book Pipeline season

Adaptation Contest

The Book Pipeline Adaptation contest seeks published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and television adaptation. Winner and finalists reviewed by film and television producers.

Next Deadline: August 15th, 2021


Unpublished Contest

The Book Pipeline Unpublished contest reviews unpublished manuscripts across multiple categories of fiction and nonfiction.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 top selections.

Next Deadline: August 20th, 2021



The Book Pipeline Workshop provides a broad analysis of your work. Both fiction and nonfiction accepted. Top material considered for circulation to agents and publishers.

Open for Review



Launched in 2014, Book Pipeline connects writers worldwide with publishers, agents, and the film industry. Through two submission platforms–Unpublished and Adaptation–the company seeks both new and established authors.

For over 20 years, Pipeline has bridged the gap between up-and-coming writers and the industry through a unique, long-term, hands-on facilitation process. The result thus far has been $8 million in scripts sold to studios and networks since 1999, most recently the seven-figure sale of Script Pipeline finalist Bring Me Back to Legendary Entertainment. 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 2020.

Learn more about Script Pipeline and Pipeline Media.

Next Deadline

August 20th, 2021 Unpublished Contest

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Schedule a no-cost Q&A call with a Pipeline editor, who can address general inquiries about publishing, writing, and best practices for querying agents. *does not include feedback on manuscripts or other material; limit one call request per writer


Book Pipeline: Spotlight

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

By Spotlight - Must-Reads

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict historical fiction Sourcebooks Landmark – December 2020 The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. Try saying that five times fast. As any of my lovely coworkers at Pipeline will tell you, I’m incredibly partial to any material—whether it be in film, TV, theater, or literature—that’s historical. Ask me about any period drama that’s been released in the past ten years in those mediums, and there’s not only a very high chance that I have seen or read it, but also that I have a very strong opinion about its merits. For example, I’ll fight anyone who suggests Mad Men isn’t a perfectly crafted dissection of the fallacies and contradictions of the American dream, gender identity, and societal hierarchy, or that The Knick isn’t the most underrated series of the past century. I’m kidding. Kind of. On the flip side of being such an aficionado,…

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From Book Pipeline Writers

“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)

“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)

“There are no words for the outpouring of support I have received from Book Pipeline. This contest has been a conduit to an ongoing relationship with an incredibly amazing team of experts who continuously inspire me to persevere and keep creating. I am truly grateful to work on my adaptation under their guidance and can honestly say, my book would NEVER have turned into a screenplay without them.”

Jeannine Henvey (Two Truths and a Guy, fka Fraternally Yours)Unpublished Finalist (Young Adult)

“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)

“Being chosen as a finalist helped me immeasurably. The feedback, encouragement, and guidance on how to pitch my novel was priceless. The Pipeline folks kept in close contact with me via email for months, answering all of my many questions and generously offering advice. They sent my novel directly to a number of agents and publishers, and although I independently found the agent who represents me, it was the mention of my finalist status in this contest that initially piqued her interest. When she then requested my full manuscript, Book Pipeline followed up with her directly and put in a good word. The result is that I have a wonderful agent, and am in the process of revising my novel per her feedback so that she can pitch it to publishers. I do not think I’d be in this position without Book Pipeline.”

Michelle Lerner (Ring)Unpublished Finalist (Outsider)

“Book Pipeline is a champion for writers and has done an amazing job supporting my novel and other writing projects. The team provides invaluable feedback and continual support throughout the publishing process.”

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

“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. Submit!”

Tyler Knight (Burn My Shadow)Adaptation Finalist

“What sets Pipeline apart, far and away, 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. I didn’t know if I could do it, and they told me I could. 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 incredibly supportive and encouraging. They are insightful, innovative, and inspirational. I am grateful for their expert guidance on how to recreate my nonfiction book into a fictional series. I'm so excited to start this project and know this would not be possible without them. Thanks a million.”

Farhana Qazi (Invisible Martyrs)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


Jocelyn Rish

By Interviews

Jocelyn Rish was the Grand Prize Winner of the YA category in the 2020 Book Pipeline Unpublished season with her novel, The Drama Queen Who Cried Wolf.  Something that stuck out to us immediately upon reading The Drama Queen Who Cried Wolf was its unmistakable voice. It’s funny, charming, and never once outstays its welcome, while also not forgetting to keep the story moving forward—a must in a murder mystery. A comparison that instantly came to mind was Veronica Mars. How did you find balancing such voice-driven prose in a typically “plot-driven” genre like murder-mystery, and when were you confident that you had nailed it? Ha – are writers ever confident they’ve nailed something? But your description of the voice is definitely a boost in that confidence, since being compared to Veronica Mars is awesome! I’ve been working on Drama Queen on and off since I wrote the rough draft…

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Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – June 2021

By Adaptations in Development

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in May 2021. – Jackson Pictures and Stampede Ventures have picked up Ken Nolan’s psychological spy thriller spec The Debriefing. The script is based on the novel by Robert Littell, which was originally published in 1979 by Harper & Row. – Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings’ novel The Unhoneymooners, published under their combined pen name Christina Lauren, will get an adaptation over at BCDF Pictures and Clair de Lune Entertainment. Joseph Muszynski will provide the script. Simon & Schuster published the novel in May 2019. – ZQ Entertainment, Hudlin Entertainment, and Prime Universe Productions are moving forward with an adaptation of the graphic novel Black Cotton Star, which was written by Yves Sense and illustrated by Steve Cuzor. Deric Hughes and Benjamin Raab will write the screenplay. Pegasus Books first published in June 2020. – Jennifer Erwin will write Paper Heart…

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