Book Pipeline: Unpublished

Top publishers and agents reviewing new writers - Submit Today


Book Pipeline Co-Hosts Session at the 2019 Writer's Digest Conference

The NYC event drew close to 1,000 attendees


Book Pipeline: Adaptation

Introducing published authors to producers - Submit Today


Book Pipeline Winner: Whistleblower Exposes Unethical Administration

Paula Pedene's remarkable story detailed in "Veteran's Day"


Book Pipeline Winner: Genre Novel Reimagines a Ghost Story

The horror/drama by author M Dressler primed for film adaptation


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


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Book Pipeline Winner: Vivid Neo-Noir Breathes Life into the Genre

Milo Behr's impressive novel wins first Book Pipeline season


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 Through two submissions platforms–Unpublished and Adaptation–the company seeks both new and established authors and playwrights.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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March 5th, 2020 Unpublished Competition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

The Silent Patient

By Spotlight - Must-Reads

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides psychological thriller Celadon Books – February 2019 The page-turning psychological thriller. It’s a genre absolutely saturated with thousands upon thousands of novels. Especially in today’s marketplace—where readers increasingly demand lightning quick stories that satisfy their bottomless hunger for suspenseful plot twists—it is a difficult task for authors to balance those demands while also sculpting a piece with deeply-layered characters and high emotional resonance. Achieving all those elements—or hitting the “bullseye”—with equal skill and visceral effect is a tall, tall order. The Silent Patient not only strikes that bullseye right in its center, but blows it out of the water. The book is an electrifying debut from screenwriter-turned-novelist Alex Michaelides about a criminal psychotherapist (Theo Faber) and his obsession with a mental institution inmate (Alicia Berenson), a woman who has taken a vow of silence ever since she was convicted of murdering her husband. As…

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Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg

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Both Andy and Greg bring a wealth of theater and writing experience to their contest-winning play Application Pending, a marvelously penned one-woman comedy set against the backdrop of an elite Manhattan private kindergarten—a story that, for Book Pipeline execs, had doubtless potential as a TV series. I wouldn’t know where to begin when it comes to your backgrounds in theater—from writing to producing to directing to acting. . . . The reality is few of “The Aspiring” get a chance to attempt half of what you both have already accomplished. What were the career-defining moments for each of you before you become playwrights and involved in theater? AS: Like most, we both started as actors. I continued acting professionally my first few years out of college, but I had started directing and writing as early as high school, and when you write or direct in high school and college, you…

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Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – January 2020

By Adaptations in Development

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in January 2020: – The Los Angeles Media Fund acquired Seymour Reit’s book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, originally published in 1981 by Summit Books. William Wheeler will script the adaptation, and Jodie Foster is attached to direct. – John W. Campbell’s Frozen Hell is set up at Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures. The novel was published in April 2019 by Wildside Press although, originally, it was previously released as an abridged 1938 novella titled Who Goes There?, which was in turn adapted into the 1951’s The Thing from Another World, 1982’s The Thing, and 2011’s The Thing. – Lionsgate, Point Grey Pictures, and BOOM! Studios will produce James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan’s graphic novel Memetic. Mattson Tomlin will script the adaptation, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached as producers. BOOM! Studios also published the three-part…

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