2021 Adaptation Contest

Early Deadline: May 20th, 2021

$55.00

Winner Receives:
$10,000 | film/TV industry circulation | project development

The Book Pipeline: Adaptation competition seeks published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and television adaptation. Both traditional and self-published material accepted. There are no genre restrictions, and judging criteria is based on concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent.

Since 2014, Book Pipeline has helped authors develop their work into screenplays and pilots, connect with production companies, and open up new avenues for those looking to make the transition to film and television.

Finalists receive one-on-one assistance from Book Pipeline execs prior to industry exposure, in addition to the following:

  • $10,000 to winner, $2,000 to 2 runners-up ($1,000 each)
  • Extensive project development to prepare a film or TV series pitch, or script
  • Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs
  • Consideration of other material and circulation of other stories to industry
  • Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

Entries also accepted via Coverfly:

- ABOUT BOOK PIPELINE -

Launched in 2014, Book Pipeline connects writers worldwide with publishers, editors, agents, and the film industry. Through two submission platforms--Unpublished and Adaptation--the company seeks both new and established authors and playwrights.

For 21 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.

Grand Prize Winner (1) - November 1st, 2021

  • $10,000

Runners-up (2) - November 1st, 2021

  • $2,000 ($1,000 to each runner-up)

Finalists (up to 10 selections) - October 20th, 2021

The Grand Prize Winner, Runners-up, and Finalists receive the following:

  • Extensive project development to prepare a film or TV series pitch or script
  • Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs
  • Consideration of other material and circulation of other stories to industry
  • Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

Guidelines:

Submitted books, graphic novels, and short stories must already be published in some form (traditional publishing or self-publishing). Stage plays must have been published and/or produced. Unpublished material can be submitted to Book Pipeline: Unpublished.

Entries are judged on the basis of concept originality, writing ability, and the property’s viability as a scripted film or television series. Judging is done internally by Pipeline development executives.

NOTE - a synopsis is required for all submissions

For books: approximately the first 5,000 words only + full story synopsis (1-3 pages)

For graphic novels: selected pages + full story synopsis

For short stories: the complete short story + brief overview or synopsis

For plays: selected pages up to approximately 5,000 words + full story synopsis

Other details:

  • Book Pipeline does not take a percentage of any future option or sale of your work, and all rights remain with the author, regardless of their final placement in the competition.
  • PDF or Word doc preferred. If you only have a hardcopy of your book, we'll accept image files of the first 5,000 words (appx.) rather than require a mailed-in copy. The synopsis, however, should be sent as a PDF.
  • No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.
  • All entries are final once they have been submitted. No updates or revisions permitted.
  • Supplemental documents (illustrations, additional information or media, etc.) are entirely optional and may be emailed separately after registering.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed (i.e., you can submit the material elsewhere while in competition).

Rules:

  • Entries must already be published.
  • The film AND television rights must be available at the time of entry. If the material is acquired by a production company or other entity after the time of entry, we'll withdraw from competition.
  • Co-written works are acceptable. Only one writer needs to register.
  • Will accept entries submitted by a publisher so long as the author's consent is given.
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.

View complete rules and guidelines

Pipeline Media Group has cultivated relationships with production companies, managers, agents, directors, independent producers, and other executives over the past 20 years, leading to several success stories annually.

Book Pipeline individually coordinates with the selected writers on circulation, depending on the genre and type of story selected. Production companies include:

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Early: May 20th, 2021 ($55)
Regular: August 15th, 2021 ($60)
Late: August 31st, 2021 ($65)
Extended (Coverfly Exclusive): September 15th, 2021 ($70)

WHAT IF MY BOOK IS UNPUBLISHED?

Writers with unpublished material may submit through our other division, Book Pipeline: Unpublished.

IF MY BOOK IS ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED, IS IT ELIGIBLE?

Yes. If your book is getting released later in the year, you can register and submit at any time. If it's set for a 2022 release, it must be entered for the 2022 season.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Fill out the required fields on the right-hand column of this page, continue to the next page, indicate your payment details, and click "submit." File/s may be sent by email or uploaded during this registration process. You'll receive a confirmation email with further info after registering.

HOW SHOULD I SEND MY SUBMISSION?

Electronic submissions only. Selected chapters and synopsis can be uploaded during registration. If the entrant is only in possession of a hardcopy of the book, we'll accept image files of the first appx. 5,000 words. No need to mail in the book itself.

CAN I REGISTER NOW AND SEND THE ENTRY IN LATER?

Yes, writers may register at any time and send their material later at no extra fee. All entries must be received by September 15th, 2021.

IF I'M SUBMITTING A BOOK AND IT SPILLS OVER THE 5,000 WORD COUNT LIMIT, IS THAT OKAY?

Absolutely. If you want to send in selected text---say, the first two chapters---and a natural break occurs around 6,000 words, that's acceptable.

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY SYNOPSIS?

The synopsis should be a general summary of the story, hitting on the major plot points, beginning to end. While we will accept a more detailed outline (5+ pages), it isn't necessary, though this of course depends on the type of material you're submitting (example: if you have part one of a broader series, you could send a full summary of the entire series).

Essentially, for judging, we need to get a sense of the complete project's conceptual and narrative scope. This, combined with the writing sample, full or partial, will help us make a determination on the adaptation potential.

CAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS ENTER?

Yes, applicants outside the US are welcome to enter ANY Book Pipeline contest.

DO I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

Unlike previous seasons, all Adaptation feedback is kept internal.

WILL YOU ACCEPT PITCHES ONLY?

No. All submitted works must have been already published and/or produced in their entirety.

Contact our coordinator with any other questions.

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2021 Adaptation Contest

May 20th, 2021 - Early Deadline

$55.00

Author *

Title *

Type of Material *

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You can upload your submission material, OR email to entry@bookpipeline.com after you’ve completed your order.

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Upload a separate synopsis if not included in manuscript sample.

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