Book Pipeline: Unpublished

Top publishers and agents reviewing new authors - DEADLINE: June 1st


Debut Novel by Book Pipeline Winner Releases 2021

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


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: Adaptation

Introducing published authors to producers - submit today


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


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 Through two submissions platforms–Unpublished and Adaptation–the company seeks both new and established authors and playwrights.

Previous winners include M Dressler’s acclaimed novel The Last to See Me, the true story Veteran’s Day from whistleblower Paul Pedene, and the award-winning play Application Pending by Tony Award Winner Andy Sandberg and Greg Edwards.

For 20 years, Script 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 $7 million in scripts sold to studios and networks since 1999. In total, across both Book and Script Pipeline, over 20,000 pieces of creative material are reviewed annually, with over 1,800 entries submitted to Book Pipeline in 2018.

Learn more about Script Pipeline and Pipeline Media Group (PMG).

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June 1st, 2020 Unpublished Competition

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Everything about my experience with Book Pipeline so far has been wonderful. It means a great deal to me to have them out there advocating, stomping the earth for my work. I believe in passion, and respond to it, and look for it, and the Pipeline team has been showing me loud and clear their passion for 'The Last To See Me.' I like collaboration, and a shared sense of value, and unexpected stories. This is one of them.

M Dressler (The Last to See Me)Book Pipeline Winner

Book Pipeline's support and advice in helping develop a compelling package to industry decision-makers has been invaluable. . . . This is a contest that truly delivers what it promises. We are grateful to work with the Book Pipeline team and for the compassion they had for this story of truth about our veterans.

Paula Pedene and Doug Williams (Veteran's Day)Book Pipeline Winner

This contest is legit. Prior to the option agreement, Book Pipeline pushed my book week after week, month after month to anyone who would listen to the potential Raymond Washington’s life story held. I am hopeful now that one day 'I am Raymond Washington' will exist on either the small or big screen so audiences can learn of this amazing person and the life he lived.

Zach Fortier (I Am Ray Washington)Book Pipeline Winner

Being named a finalist felt like official validation of what everyone kept telling me: "Your book should be a movie." Book Pipeline's knowledge and guidance have given me priceless behind-the-scenes insights into the entertainment industry, and their connections provided a foot in the door. Possibly best of all is their excitement about my story and their commitment to helping it reach a broader audience.

Melanie Thorne (Hand Me Down)Book Pipeline Finalist

Placing as a Semifinalist for my short story was a huge confidence boost, and I learned a lot in the process. As a new author without any published fiction work who submitted a psychological drama about a 6-foot-tall talking pigeon, the odds probably weren't in my favor--but their unbiased judges saw the potential in my insane idea. I really appreciated their straightforward feedback, and I look forward to continue building the story with them, which is honestly the best part of the deal.

Elvin Sabla (Flight of the Pigeon Man)Book Pipeline Semifinalist

Book Pipeline opened my eyes to entirely new avenues for my writing. I've always considered myself a novelist, yet being selected in the top 10 gave me a sense of when my concepts are screen-worthy, or might even endure through a series. They have tirelessly advised me how to structure pitches for these markets, which is a skill that will last my whole writing career. To be counted amongst these outstanding authors makes me feel proud.

Keith Leitch (Too Much Information)Book Pipeline Semifinalist

Becoming a Book Pipeline finalist has been a welcome bit of news. There are few opportunities in life to reinvent yourself, and this one of them. Perhaps the most surprising aspect is how unintimidating the folks at Book Pipeline are: highly approachable and sincerely interested in my success.

W. Lawrence (Syncing Forward)Book Pipeline Finalist

Though my first self-published novel was an award winner and was picked up by a producer, getting a self-published book recognized is an arduous process. I took a different tact with my second novel, and entered it into Book Pipeline, and now I have a chance to pitch it to industry professionals. Wish I had done that with my first book!

Douglas Wentworth (CarnEvil)Book Pipeline Semifinalist

Of all the contests I've entered (and even won), I've received the most information, the most exposure, and the most mentoring from Book Pipeline.

Milo Behr (Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus)Book Pipeline Winner

Having been named a Book Pipeline semifinalist not only gave me a lift, but it renewed my hope of turning some of my novels into films. They are terrific at putting production companies together with writers. I recommend all screenwriter and authors submit.

Libby Fischer Hellmann (A Bitter Veil)Book Pipeline Semifinalist

Writers work alone. Someone saying 'your book should be a movie' can make my day. When 'Six Passengers, Five Parachutes' was selected as a Book Pipeline Semifinalist, it made my year. It’s a tremendous honor, and it not only inspires me to keep going, but it makes the book more appealing and proves it’s a legitimate thriller.

Ian BullBook Pipeline Semifinalist

Being named a finalist has definitely increased both the profile of my book and its perceived market value. The Book Pipeline team has impressed me every step of the way with their high standards, organisation, individual attention, and industry savvy. I can honestly say that they contribute the same level of drive, commitment, and professionalism on their end as conduit-builders as I do on my end as a writer. I know that I am in good hands and highly recommend Book Pipeline to any writer who is serious about introducing their work to the entertainment industry.

Stacia Saint Owens (Auto-Erotica)Book Pipeline Finalist

Book Pipeline: Spotlight

She Said

By Spotlight - Must-Reads

She Said by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey nonfiction Penguin – September 2019 Investigative journalism. The backbone of free, democratic society. A powerful counterbalance that ensures all voices are heard and represented. It is a high-powered surgical instrument—a vital implement that lays bare the rampant corruption, pervasive wrongdoing, and criminal hierarchical structures that corrode the well-being of society. When it comes to the Pulitzer Prize winning work of New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey? They are not just journalists. They are luminaries who uncovered the epidemic-like, decades-long sexual abuse perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, and in doing so, spearheaded the culturally defining #MeToo movement. Their words had a seismic impact on the entire world, leading to a shift in global conversation surrounding sexual assault, gender inequality, and pervasive sexist practices. In other words, Kantor and Twohey are modern-day superheroes. In She Said, a work of nonfiction released in…

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J.L. Willow

By Interviews

Novelist J.L. Willow exemplifies the definition of “young, emerging writer,” having published two books by the age of 19. Her YA novel Missing Her placed as a finalist in the Book Pipeline Fiction competition for its unique twist on the genre, a premise that hit all the notes for a riveting film or TV series.  Addressing the biggest question first: you’re a freshman in college and have already published two books. . . . Clearly, you’re driven to get your work out there. How did you, in a way, expedite everything? I’ve always been one of those people who has to be constantly busy (sometimes too busy, if you ask my friends and family). I loved getting super involved in clubs and activities, but I also found that I enjoyed having a side project to do at home when I was finished with my everyday activities. It was really therapeutic…

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Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – April 2020

By Adaptations in Development

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in April 2020: – Christy Hall has been tapped to adapt Stephen King’s novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon for Village Roadshow Pictures, Stampede Ventures, and Vertigo Entertainment. The novel was originally published by Scribner in 1999. – Jeff Nichols will write and direct The Yankee Comandante, adapted from David Grann’s New Yorker article. Adam Driver will star, and Imperative Entertainment and 30WEST will produce. – Claire North’s sci-fi novel The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is getting an adaptation from Amblin Partners, Blueprint Pictures, and Oddball Entertainment. Melissa Iqbal will script, and Wes Ball will direct. The novel was published in April 2014 by Orbit Books in the UK and Redhook Books in the US. – Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions has acquired Lawrence Wright’s novel The End of October. Scott to produce, possibly direct as well. The…

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