Book Pipeline: Unpublished

Connecting new authors to agents and publishers - LATE DEADLINE: Oct. 5th


Debut Novel by Book Pipeline Winner Releases 2021

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


Book Pipeline Supporting NaNoWriMo 2020

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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


Book Pipeline: Adaptation

Introducing published authors to producers - next season opens November 15th


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Unpublished Contest

The Book Pipeline Unpublished competition is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across multiple categories of fiction and nonfiction. Select publishers and agents get first look at the top selections for each category.

Late Deadline: October 5th, 2020


Adaptation Contest

The Book Pipeline Adaptation competition seeks published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and television adaptation. Winner and finalists reviewed by film and television producers.

Next Season Opens: November 15th, 2020



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 Through two submissions platforms–Unpublished and Adaptation–the company seeks both new and established authors and playwrights.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).

Next Deadline

October 5th, 2020 Unpublished Competition

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Book Pipeline: Spotlight

The Nickel Boys

By Spotlight - Must-Reads

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead literary Doubleday – July 2019 Inspired by a true story. Nowadays, we see this phrase, or variations on it, in plentiful amounts across the spectrum of film, TV, books, and theater. Oftentimes, this language is implemented for more of a superficial reason—producers or creatives looking to protect themselves against a potential lawsuit—and other times it’s used to tip off the audience that there is a deeper, larger story lurking beneath the surface of the fictional piece they are about to consume. The Nickel Boys, without a doubt, falls into the latter category. And it is one of the most vital works of fiction of the last decade. Colson Whitehead’s haunting, powerful, and altogether wrenching novel is inspired by the story of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. Dozier was a “reform school” responsible for the widespread abuse and murder of countless young…

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From Book Pipeline Writers

“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.”

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.”

Paula Pedene and Doug Williams (Veteran's Day)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.”

Melanie Thorne (Hand Me Down)Book Pipeline Finalist

“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.”

Zach Fortier (I Am Ray Washington)Book Pipeline Winner

“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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Stacia Saint Owens (Auto-Erotica)Book Pipeline Finalist


Jenna-Marie Warnecke

By Interviews

A finalist in the Book Pipeline Fiction competition with her short story Cuddlebug, Jenna-Marie Warnecke is a fiction and (as of 2020) TV writer. Her work has been published in journals and magazines nationwide. The underlying premise of Cuddlebug is so raw with so much universal heart. Where did the idea come from? What was alluring about the world of “professional cuddlers?” A friend of mine referred to my partner at the time as “Cuddlebug,” and I imagined a company of professional cuddlers, going around town comforting people in a physical but nonsexual way. By the time I got the story published, that service existed! I suppose I was prescient enough to foresee this type of gig work, but couldn’t get it out into the world fast enough for everyone else to think I was ahead of my time. My whole process of writing the story was just imagining, what…

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Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – August 2020

By Adaptations in Development

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in August 2020: – John Niven and Nick Ball will adapt Leslie K. Barry’s novel Newark Minutemen for Fulwell 73 Productions. Morgan James Publishing will publish the book in October 2020. – Lynda Obst Productions and Nick Wechsler Productions have tapped Tom Dean to adapt Janna Levin’s short story “Life on the Möbius Strip”; Stephen Moyer will direct. The story was previously included in the anthology The Moth: 50 True Stories. – Matt Nicholas, Nastassja Kayln, and Leon Langford will adapt a heist drama film from the Medium article “The 1997 Dunbar Armored Heist,” written by Nicole Henley, – Doug Stanton will script the adaptation to his book In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors for Mark Gordon Productions. The nonfiction book was published in April 2001 by Henry Holt and Company….

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