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Awarding $20,000 to Unpublished Authors

Direct circulation to top agents and editors for winners. Register early.


Evaluating Manuscripts, Proposals, Synopses, & Queries

Submit to a professional editor for review.


Adapt Your Work for Film + TV

Register early for a lower entry fee. $5,000 awarded.


Adaptation Winner Signed by Top Management Company

"Under Color of Law" by Aaron Philip Clark developed by Pipeline, intro'd to Bellevue Productions.


Unpublished Winner Signs Publishing Deal

"Kill for Love" by Laura Picklesimer to be released by Unnamed Press in Fall 2023.


Symposium: Events for Creatives

"A year-round conference in the arts." For writers, filmmakers, and other artists.


Book Pipeline Finalists Secure Publishing Deal

"Unrelenting" by Jessi Honard & Marie Parks released in 2022


Debut Novel by Book Pipeline Winner Released in 2022

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


Unpublished Winner Signs with Agent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.


Pipeline Artists

A platform for creatives - now accepting short fiction

Adaptation Contest

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

Pre-Register Deadline: December 30th, 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Unpublished Contest

The Book Pipeline Unpublished contest reviews unpublished manuscripts across multiple categories of fiction and nonfiction.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

Pre-Register Deadline: January 10th, 2023



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



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 Through two competitions—Unpublished and Adaptation—the company seeks both new and established authors.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 Book, Film, and Script Pipeline, approximately 25,000 pieces of creative material are reviewed annually, with over 4,000 entries submitted to Book Pipeline in 2022.

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

Book Pipeline: Spotlight

Notes on an Execution

By Spotlight: Must-Reads

Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka literary suspense William Morrow—January 2022 There aren’t any original takes on the serial killer novel left. No f***ing way. One thing you should know about me? I LOVE serial-killer narratives. When firing on all cylinders, these pieces make for fantastic brain food—macabre dives into the plunging psychological depths of the human psyche that allow us to confront our darkest fears, desires, and obsessions while remaining in the safe confines of our own home. And combine that with the fact these types of stories often contain propulsive plot twists that give you carpal tunnel because you were gripping the book so fiercely? It’s a win-win. In fact, my appreciation of this thriller subgenre is so well-documented amongst those who like/love me that it’s become a running joke: oh [insert name of book/film/TV series here] is really dark, moody, and features a serial murder trope?…

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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 Howland Literary) 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


Victoria Morsell

By Interviews

Victoria Morsell was the Grand Prize Winner of the Mystery/Thriller category in the 2021 Book Pipeline Unpublished season with her novel, Awful Necessary Things. I’m an absolute sucker for bleak, slow-burn thrillers set amidst a highly dysfunctional family dynamic. So, it shouldn’t come as a shock that I fell absolutely head over heels for Awful Necessary Things—which, by the way, is full-stop one of the best titles for a novel, ever. Can you talk a little bit about where the inspiration for the narrative came from? What made you want to explore the machinations of familial discord through such a particular genre lens? Wow, thank you! What an amazing compliment. And I’m so happy you like my title. I’ve always been fascinated by family dynamics and especially difficult relationships that are bound together by a fierce sense of loyalty. There is a push and pull that is really interesting between…

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Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – October 2022

By Adaptations in Development

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in October 2022. Cult icon John Waters will write/direct an adaptation of his novel Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance for Village Roadshow. The novel was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux last May. Temple Hill Productions has tapped Carter Blanchard to script the adaptation of Adam Cesare’s novel Clown in a Cornfield. Eli Craig will direct. HarperTeen published in August 2020. Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi will write and direct the adaptation of journalist Peter Pomerantsev’s “We Can Only Be Enemies” for AC Studios and AR Content. The article was originally published in The Atlantic in May of this year. Louverture Films, Plan B Entertainment, and AC Studios have picked up Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys. RaMell Ross will direct and co-write alongside Joslyn Barnes. The novel was originally published by Doubleday in July 2019. Lonetree Entertainment has acquired the rights to Hailey Piper’s supernatural…

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