2019 Fiction Contest

November 15th, 2019 - Deadline

$60.00

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 Deadline: November 15th, 2019

Winner Receives:
$5,000| long-term industry circulation | project development

The Book Pipeline Fiction Competition is open to unpublished and published books, graphic novels or comics, short stories, and plays for film/TV adaptation consideration. There are no genre restrictions, and judging criteria is weighed evenly between concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent. Now in its 6th season, Book Pipeline seeks new properties to connect with producers for development at all levels--from big-budget studio films and series, to smaller indies.

Every entrant receives general feedback on their submission, specifically on its adaptation potential. Comments are emailed after final judging is completed.

"Everything about my experience with Book Pipeline so far has been wonderful. It means a great deal to have them out there advocating, stomping the earth for my work. I believe in passion, and respond to it, and the Pipeline team has been showing me loud and clear their passion for The Last to See Me."
- M Dressler, Grand Prize Winner (The Last to See Me)

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

  • $5,000 to winner, $500 to runner-up
  • Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs
  • Project development with Book Pipeline to prepare a film or TV series pitch
  • Additional material review and circulation consideration of other stories, published or unpublished
  • Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

- ABOUT BOOK PIPELINE -

Launched in 2014, Book Pipeline was conceived by the creators of industry-leader Script Pipeline as the first competition specifically seeking new material for film and television adaptation. Book Pipeline actively develops writers worldwide and prepares them for ongoing, widespread exposure to producers, agents, and others in need of content for all markets, indie and studio.

Alongside Script Pipeline (est. 1999) and Film Pipeline (est. 2018), Book Pipeline joins the Pipeline Media Group (PMG) suite of platforms connecting creatives with the film and TV industry. Across all three submission outlets, numerous writers have produced their work, sold screenplays and pilots, set up projects at studios, and found representation due to the guidance of PMG’s development staff.

Grand Prize Winner (1) - March 1st, 2020

  • $5,000

Runner-up (1) - March 1st, 2020

  • $500

Finalists (up to 5 selections) - March 1st, 2020

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

  • Long-term circulation to producers and other execs
  • Project development with Book Pipeline to prepare a film or TV series pitch
  • Additional material review and circulation consideration of other stories, published or unpublished
  • Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

Semifinalists (up to 10 selections) - February 15th, 2020

GUIDELINES & CRITERIA

All entries are judged on the basis of concept originality, writing ability, and the property’s viability as a scripted film or television series. Judges consist of Book Pipeline and Pipeline Media Group (PMG) executives.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE A SYNOPSIS.

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

For graphic novels: submit either the complete graphic novel or selected pages + full story synopsis

For plays: submit the complete play or selected pages + full story synopsis

For short stories: submit the complete short story + brief overview or 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 your work has been published and it's easier to send a hardcopy, that's completely fine. Just email us after registering to request mailing address.
  • No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.
  • 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).
  • Your entry must be considered fiction. Non-fiction writers can submit here.

RULES:

  • Entries may be published or unpublished. Entrant must be the sole author or co-author, or own the rights to the material.
  • For published works, the film AND television rights must be available.
  • If the material is acquired by a production company or other entity after the time of entry, the work will still be eligible to compete. However, we can always pull the entry at the author's request.
  • Co-written works are acceptable, only one writer needs to register.
  • 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 a number of production companies, managers, agents, directors, independent producers, and other executives over the past two decades, 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:

In addition to over 100 other managers, producers, independent directors, and agencies.

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Regular: November 15th, 2019 - $60

Late: December 1st, 2019 - $70

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Fill out the required fields on the left-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.

We'll also accept a check or money order, but please email to request details, as almost all of our entries are made online.

HOW SHOULD I FORMAT MY SUBMISSION?

We don't have any requirements as far as format, but standard formatting (font, spacing, etc.) is preferable. You won't be disqualified, however, on the basis of presentation. Whatever best suits your submission.

PDF or Word docs are highly preferred, but we'll accept most any format (.epub, .pages, etc.). However, please put your synopsis and text into actual files rather than sending in the body of the email. Just makes it easier for our staff to organize.

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 November 15th, 2019.

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

That's completely fine. 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'll 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.

WHEN ARE THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT DATES?

Semifinalists are announced February 15th, 2020. Winner, runner-up, and finalists will be selected by March 1st, 2020.

CAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS ENTER?

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

DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY? DOES IT COST EXTRA?

All contest entrants will receive brief, general feedback (appx. a short paragraph) explaining why we felt their entry may or may not work as a film or TV series. There is no additional fee for our internal notes. Feedback is sent in March 2020, after final judging wraps.

WILL YOU ACCEPT PITCHES ONLY?

We'll accept full non-fiction book proposals, however ideas and short "elevator" pitches for film and television may be submitted to the Script Pipeline Movie or TV Show Idea Competitions.

DO I RETAIN THE RIGHTS TO MY WORK BY ENTERING?

Yes. All rights to the material remain with the writer, no matter their final standing in the competition, and no matter if the book is published or unpublished. Material is not sent to industry without the author's consent.

Contact our contest coordinator with any other questions.

Success stories from Pipeline Media Group's writer and filmmaker contest winners. . . .

– PIPELINE MEDIA GROUP SUCCESS STORIES –

Tripper Clancy Sells Stuber and Multiple Specs to Studios

Contest winner Tripper Clancy signed with a Script Pipeline partner in 2009 before selling several specs.

A few months after the screenwriting competition ended, 20th Century Fox selected Tripper for their feature comedy writing team to help develop new material. Later, he was hired to write the animated feature Shedd for Paramount, the Amazon film High Five, the comedy Hacker Camp for Hasbro, and an adaptation of The Art of Fielding for Mandalay / IMG. He also sold additional specs The Ambassadors and Winter Break.

"The impact Script Pipeline had on my writing career is extraordinary. Winning the contest directly led to my new representation, which in turn led to working with studios such as 20th Century Fox and Paramount."
- Tripper Clancy (Stuber)

His first studio feature, Stuber (2019) sold in the mid-six figures. The action-comedy stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley), Mira Sorvino, and Betty Gilpin (Glow).

One of the Biggest Spec Sales in History from Script Pipeline Winner

SWATHposter2016After introductions by Script Pipeline to management, Evan Daugherty sold Snow White & the Huntsman to Universal for $3.25 million. It marked one of the biggest studio spec sales of all-time and subsequently turned Evan into one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood. The film has grossed $450 million worldwide.

"Immediately after the competition, Script Pipeline introduced me to a manager, and the connection helped launch my screenwriting career."
- Evan Daugherty (Divergent)

Shortly following the contest win, Evan landed an assignment with Warner Bros. to rewrite the adaptation of He-Man, which led to the sale of Snow White.

Amongst selling a pilot pitch, as well as writing and producing roles with NBC's Midnight, Mass. and the series Five Ghosts, Evan wrote the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, produced by Michael Bay. Other studio projects: the adaptation of YA novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment, starring Shailene Woodley and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet, the Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander, and Rose Red, based on an original script by Justin Merz and a pitch by Evan, which is in development with Vinson Films and Disney.

Script Pipeline Winner becomes Acclaimed Indie Hit

Henry Dunham's The Standoff at Sparrow Creek was produced with an ensemble cast featuring James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk served as producers.

The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by RLJ Entertainment. It was released in January 2019.

The project, originally titled Militia, won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition before being picked up by Cinestate. Writer Henry Dunham was connected with representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with Pipeline industry partner Lit Entertainment and UTA.

"Without the momentum my win gave me, I don’t know where my screenplay would be. I owe Script Pipeline for everything."
- Henry Dunham (writer/director, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek)

Top critics praised Henry's directorial debut:

"Shows pulpy promise and is a step ahead of its genre peers." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A pitch perfect example of low-budget craft." - Birth. Movies. Death.

"Deafens through sensationalized silence. . . . You’re not supposed to feel safe or comfortable, precisely as Henry Dunham plans." - Slash Film

And Rolling Stone selected Standoff as one of the top 10 films to see in January 2019.

Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest-Winning Screenplay

The Script Pipeline contest-winning screenplay Shrapnel by Evan Daugherty was turned into the film Killing Season, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Corsan and Millennium Films helmed the action/thriller and rehashed the original plot during development.

It was the first Script Pipeline competition winner to get produced.

– Other Notable PMG Success Stories –

  • Book Pipeline winner I Am Raymond Washington was optioned by production company Zero Gravity. The biography, written by former police officer Zach Fortier, details the life of Ray Washington, the true founder of the Crips.
  • Screenwriting winner Peter Malone Elliott (Junior) signed with manager Zach Book. Peter's biopic on Frank Sinatra Jr. was hailed as one of the best true story screenplays Script Pipeline ever reviewed. He wrapped production on his first feature, Wired Shut, in 2019 and has multiple other film and TV scripts in development.
  • Searching, written by Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty (Screenwriting Competition finalists and winners of the First Look Project), premiered at Sundance and was quickly picked up by Sony for $5 million. Sev previously co-produced The Intervention and Fruitvale Station. The film is Aneesh’s feature directorial debut. Their next feature, Run, produced by Lionsgate, premieres in 2020.
  • Chrissy Metz (This is Us) to star in Will O Wisp, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest finalist Evan Cooper. Evan previously placed in the competition with the thriller Ballerina Girl. He’s repped by manager Kailey Marsh and UTA.
  • Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) is set to direct the Script Pipeline finalist screenplay Everything's Gonna Be Okay, written by Jen Goldson. It will be Jen's third produced film after meeting execs at the Script Pipeline writer/industry event, joining the romcom Off the Menu, directed by Jay Silverman and starring Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids), and the thriller Snatched, produced by Nasser Entertainment.
  • Howard Jordan (Family Be Like), runner-up in the TV Writing Competition, signed with Madhouse Entertainment and Paradigm. He wrote for the CBS sitcom Superior Donuts until 2018, moving on afterward in 2019 to Netflix's Family Reunion and CBS' The Unicorn.
  • Screenwriting Contest finalist Max Martini directed his feature Will Gardner starring Martini in the lead role alongside an all-star cast including Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County), and Gary Sinise (CSI: NY).
  • Kevin Jones, winner of the Great TV Show Idea Competition and a three-time Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition finalist, signed with management after extensive development with Script Pipeline's senior execs, who helped turn his contest-winning pitch into a pilot script. The project was shopped to major networks, which secured numerous meetings for Kevin.
  • Director Scott Speer (Midnight Sun) is set to helm Script Pipeline finalist and "Recommend" writer Greg Wayne's dark romcom S21. Catapult and Needle's Eye producing.
  • The Devil in Evelyn, winner of the First Look Project (Teleplay), was picked up for development by Mandalay Entertainment. Script Pipeline set up the writers, brothers Ben and Tyler Soper, with meetings after extensive circulation to Pipeline's industry network.
  • Screenwriting winner Tyler Burton Smith (Henchman) wrote the reboot for Child's Play released in 2019 and has multiple film and TV projects in development.
  • Craig Weeden and veteran comic writer/inker Jimmy Palmiotti (Ultimate Spider-man, Jonah Hex) optioned an adaptation of Painkiller Jane to Solipsist Films (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For). Craig placed in the top 10 of the Screenwriting Competition and is a Script Pipeline "Recommend" on other features.
  • Android, written by Script Pipeline "Recommend" Matt O’Reilly, attached Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, The Path). Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) also set to co-star in the sci-fi/thriller. Niall Johnson (White Noise) directing, with Infinite Studios and Picture Films producing.
  • Precious Cargo, a finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition written by Max Adams, was produced. The film stars Bruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Claire Forlani.
  • Script Pipeline "Recommend" Micah Barnett sold Ricochet, a one-hour drama, to NBC a few years after finding management with a Script Pipeline industry contact.
  • The Living Wake, Script Pipeline's first produced film, starring Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and comedian Mike O'Connell, was released theatrically in 2010, eliciting from Variety: "A stunning feature debut. . . . Eisenberg is note-perfect. Supporting ensemble couldn’t be more colorful."
  • Brian Watanabe's "Recommend" script Operation Endgame was produced with Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames, Maggie Q, Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and an ensemble cast. Script Pipeline CEO and producer Chad Clough brought the screenplay to Sean McKittrick (Get out, Us) at Darko Entertainment.
  • Screenwriter Rob Nelms was hired to pen the script Between after introductions to a director by Pipeline's Chad Clough. The film premiered at Sundance and later aired on Lifetime.
  • The first major success for Script Pipeline: Screenwriting Contest winner Slammin' by Aaron Metchik and Joseph Garner sold to Warner Bros. for six-figures in 2003. They were the first Script Pipeline writers to sell a spec for over six-figures.

Over the course of 20 years, many other writers have optioned their work, found paid writing jobs, produced their films, and garnered management or agency representation through Pipeline Media Group's exhaustive process of industry facilitation.