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Awarding $20,000 to Unpublished Authors

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

 

Unpublished Winner Signs Publishing Deal

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

 

Adaptation Winner Signed by Top Management Company

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

 

Adapt Your Work for Film + TV

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

 

Symposium: Events for Creatives

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

 

Evaluating Manuscripts, Proposals, Synopses, & Queries

Submit to a professional editor for review.

 

Book Pipeline Finalists Secure Publishing Deal

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

 

Pipeline Artists

A platform for creatives - now accepting short fiction

 

Unpublished Winner Signs with Agent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.

 

Debut Novel by Book Pipeline Winner Released in 2022

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

Adaptation Contest

Seeking published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and TV adaptation. Winner and runner-up receive extensive development with execs and circulation to producers.

Special Entry Deadline: February 15th, 2023

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Unpublished Contest

Reviewing unpublished manuscripts across multiple categories of fiction and nonfiction. Select publishers and literary agents get first look at the winners and runners-up.

Special Entry Deadline: March 10th, 2023

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Editing Services

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.

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About

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Through two competitions—Unpublished and Adaptation—the company seeks both new and established authors.

Additionally, the Workshop helps fiction and nonfiction authors develop their manuscripts, query letters, and other materials, with consideration for lit agents in Book Pipeline’s network.

For over 23 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, several authors finding representation with literary agents and securing publishing deals, and hundreds of projects from emerging writers and filmmakers connected to industry. 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 2022.

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

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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)

“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)

“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)

“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

Spotlight: Book Reviews

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

By Spotlight: Book Reviews

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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