2022 Adaptation Contest

Pre-Register Deadline: December 31st, 2021

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

The Book Pipeline: Adaptation contest seeks published books, graphic novels, and short stories for film and TV development. Both traditional and self-published material accepted. Judging criteria is based on concept originality, feasibility for adaptation in the current marketplace, 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 TV.

The Winner and Runner-Up receive one-on-one assistance from Pipeline execs prior to industry circulation, in addition to the following:

  • $10,000 to winner, $1,000 to runner-up
  • Extensive project development from Pipeline's exec team to prepare a script or pitch for industry
  • Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs
  • Consideration of additional material for circulation or adaptation development

Entries also accepted via:

 

- ABOUT BOOK PIPELINE -

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 Through two competitions—Unpublished and Adaptation—the company seeks both new and established authors.

For over 22 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, including the seven-figure sale of Script Pipeline finalist Bring Me Back to Legendary Entertainment. In total, across Book, Film, and Script Pipeline, approximately 25,000 pieces of creative material are reviewed annually, with over 4,000 entries submitted to Book Pipeline in 2021.

Learn more about Script Pipeline and Pipeline Media Group, as well as Pipeline Artists, a platform designed to educate and uplift creatives in the arts.

Grand Prize Winner (1) - November 1st, 2022

  • $10,000

Runner-up (1) - November 1st, 2022

  • $1,000

The Grand Prize Winner and Runner-Up receive the following:

  • Extensive project development from Pipeline's exec team to prepare a script or pitch for industry
  • Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs
  • Consideration of additional material for circulation or adaptation development

Guidelines

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 Unpublished material can be submitted to Book Pipeline: Unpublished.

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

NOTE - a synopsis is required for all submissions. If a synopsis is not submitted, your submission will not be considered.

What we review:

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

For graphic novels: selected pages + full story synopsis (1-3 pages)

For short stories: the complete short story + brief overview or synopsis (1-3 pages)

Other details:

  • Book Pipeline does not take a percentage of any future option agreement or sale of your work, and all rights remain with the author, regardless of their final placement in the contest.
  • We do not accept emailed entries. Must upload through the site.
  • 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). The synopsis, however, should be sent as a PDF or Word doc.
  • 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.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed (i.e. you can submit the material elsewhere while in competition).

Rules:

  • Entries must already be published, by a traditional publisher or self-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, contact us, and we'll withdraw it from the contest.
  • Co-written works are acceptable. Only one writer needs to register.
  • We'll 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.
  • All former semifinalists, finalists, runners-up, and winners from any Book Pipeline contest, from any year since 2014, are ineligible.

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 22 years, leading to multiple writers and specs sold.

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

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Pre-Register: December 31st, 2021 - $25
Special Entry: February 20th, 2022 - $35
Early: May 20th, 2022 - $45
Regular: August 15th, 2022 - $50
Late: August 31st, 2022 - $55
Extended (Coverfly Exclusive): September 20th, 2022 - $60

WHAT IF MY BOOK IS UNPUBLISHED?

Writers with unpublished material may submit to Book Pipeline: Unpublished.

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

Yes. If your book is getting released later in 2022, you can register and submit at any time. If it's set for a 2023 release, it must be entered in the 2023 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." Files must be 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 text and synopsis must 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. We do not accept mailed hardcopy entries.

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. If you are submitting part one of a broader series, the synopsis should include a brief overview of the entire series. Synopses should be 1-3 pages in length.

Essentially, for judging, we need to get a sense of the complete project's conceptual and narrative scope. This, combined with the writing sample, 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?

No. All Adaptation feedback is kept internal.

WILL YOU ACCEPT PITCHES ONLY?

No. All submitted works must have been already published in their entirety.

Contact our coordinator with any other questions.

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