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Amy B. Scher Wins 2020 Adaptation Competition

"This Is How I Save My Life" lauded by Pipeline execs as a potential "cinematic gem"


Book Pipeline: Adaptation

Introducing published authors to producers - next deadline: May 20th


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

Unpublished Contest

The Book Pipeline Unpublished contest reviews unpublished manuscripts across multiple categories of fiction and nonfiction.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: June 1st, 2021


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: May 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.

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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 Through two submission platforms–Unpublished and Adaptation–the company seeks both new and established authors.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 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

May 20th, 2021 Adaptation Contest

Book Pipeline: Spotlight

This Close to Okay

By Spotlight - Must-Reads

This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith lit fiction Grand Central Publishing – February 2021 “I really like the writing. But we need something that’s more elevated. Something that’s high concept. You know what I’m saying, right?” In the last year and a half, I’ve heard this phrase (or variations of it) tumble out the lips of more film/TV executives, literary agents, and publishers than I’d care to admit. No matter how many times I hear it, I always chafe at this vague “development-speak” way of passing on a submission. It feels like the coward’s way out—a generic, one-size-fits-all statement that they can throw out instead of saying how they actually feel. If you actually liked the writing, you wouldn’t be passing on it, would you, you schmuck? Despite my feelings about this fact, the industry professional desire for “high concept” material isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In the entertainment…

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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)2020 Unpublished Finalist (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

“Being chosen as a finalist for the Book Pipeline contest 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)

“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 Contest 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 Contest 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


M Dressler

By Interviews

Mylene Dressler’s Book Pipeline winning novel, The Last to See Me, has seen an array of critical acclaim since its publication in 2017. The unique literary horror effectively reimagines the genre, and its cinematic hallmarks thoroughly impressed Book Pipeline’s execs, who instantly saw its appeal as a film. Both a college professor and a writer, Mylene’s sophisticated-yet-accessible narrative style speaks volumes about her approach to storytelling. You’ve been writing fiction for years, and there’s no better evidence of such seasoned experience than The Last to See Me. One of the most immersive books we’ve read, and a story that screams cinematic. But was this the novel that finally “clicked,” in a sense? Both critically and personally?  It was, and my readers and fans, and especially new readers, seem to feel the same “click” as I do. As soon as I started writing the book, I marveled that I’d never tried a literary ghost…

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Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – March 2021

By Adaptations in Development

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in March 2021. – Passage Films is moving forward with an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Hocus Pocus, which Putnam Publishing Group first released in 1990. – LAIKA Entertainment has acquired John Brownlow’s debut novel Seventeen, and it will be the production company’s first live-action feature. Hodder & Stoughton will publish. – Adrian Tomine will adapt his graphic novel Shortcomings for Roadside Attractions and Imminent Collision. Randall Park will produce and direct. The novel was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2007. – Jerico Films and Vendome Pictures have tapped Oren Moverman to write/direct the adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s nonfiction book The Man with the Miraculous Hands: The Fantastic Story of Felix Kersten, Himmler’s Private Doctor. The novel was published by Burford Books in 2004. – BRON Studios and 21 Laps Entertainment are entering the vaccine game with an adaptation of…

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