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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Unpublished Contest

The Book Pipeline Unpublished contest reviews unpublished manuscripts across multiple categories of fiction and nonfiction.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 Through two submission platforms–Unpublished and Adaptation–the company seeks both new and established authors.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

“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)

“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)

“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

“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

“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'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


Paula Pedene and Doug Williams

By Interviews

Paula Pedene, with writer Doug Williams, penned her provocative story as a whistleblower working for the Phoenix VA hospital. The pitch for Veteran’s Day won over Book Pipeline judges immediately, as it’s a stark admission of corruption and self-serving greed in one of America’s most critical institutions.  Paula, while there’s no fair way to summarize Veteran’s Day in a soundbite, give us the overview. What prompted you to call out the deception of certain execs in the Phoenix VA system? PP: I just couldn’t stand by and let them continue to hurt our veterans and our staff. As a long-time Phoenix VA employee, I had worked hard to help build it into a “top performing hospital.” Now when we could have been healing from the prior missteps of the former director, we were being thrown into another mess. I cared so much about the staff and patients, we just had…

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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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