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Unpublished Winner Signs with Agent

Dani Segelbaum (Carol Mann Agency) signs 2021 Nonfiction winner Melissa Duge Spiers after Pipeline introduction.


Evaluating Manuscripts + Queries

Submit to a professional editor for review.


Workshop "Recommend" Author Signs with Agent

After recommendation from the Workshop team, Laura Garrison signed with The Jennifer De Chiara Agency.


Book Pipeline: Adaptation

Accepting fiction and nonfiction


Agent Signs Book Pipeline Winner

Unpublished Winner Laura Picklesimer signed with The Rights Factory


Pipeline Artists

A platform for creatives - now accepting short fiction


Book Pipeline Finalists Secure Publishing Deal

Unpublished Finalists Jessi Honard & Marie Parks signed a deal with Not a Pipe Publishing


Book Pipeline on Twitter

#PipelineAuthors virtual mixers every Thursday @ 5pm Pacific


Book Pipeline: Unpublished

Now accepting new fiction and nonfiction.


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 "A Sacred Duty"


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

Manuscript Evaluation

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


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.

Next Deadline: December 31st, 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 winners and runners-up.

Pre-register Deadline: January 10th, 2022



Launched in 2014, 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.

For over 22 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 2021.

Learn more about Script Pipeline and Pipeline Media.

Next Deadline

December 31st, 2021 2022 Adaptation Contest

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 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)

“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. The result is that I have a wonderful agent—I do not think I’d be in this position without Book Pipeline.”

Michelle Lerner (Ring)Unpublished Finalist (Outsider)

“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 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


Milo Behr

By Interviews

Winner of Book Pipeline’s inaugural season (2014), Milo Behr’s Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus pulls the reader deep into a noir future with heavy commentaries on social construction and the politics of violence and criminal justice, yet all wrapped in a surprisingly fun, nuanced genre narrative. Milo’s multifaceted background continues to shape the subject matter of his writing and further carve out a niche all his own. Obviously we’re a fan of your writing in Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus, and we’re not alone—the book has had its fair share of critical praise. How did the concept come about and what were the driving forces behind its (many) layers, both in terms of the narrative and the style? It did land well critically. Thrilled about that (Best Sci-fi at IPPY, IPA, London, and Beverly Hills, and most importantly, ahem, Grand Prize Winner at Book Pipeline). It’s impossible to know for sure why that was—a…

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Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – October 2021

By Adaptations in Development

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in October 2021. – Dune: Part 2 has gotten the greenlight! The first film was directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Jon Spaihts, Villeneuve, and Eric Roth, based on the novel by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve and the main cast (including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, and Zendaya) will return. The novel was originally published by Chilton Books in 1965 and launched a book series and multiple film/TV adaptations. – StudioCanal and The Picture Company have picked up the period drama Hellish Nell, a spec written by Chris Basler. It is based on the novel by Malcolm Gaskill, which in term is based on the true story of Helen Duncan, the last woman tried and convicted under Britain’s 1735 Witchcraft Act in 1944 in London. Fourth Estate originally published the book in 2001. – Gabriel Bergmoser has been tapped to…

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