2019 Non-Fiction Contest

December 31st, 2018 - Pre-register Deadline

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Pre-register Deadline: December 31st, 2018

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

The Book Pipeline Non-fiction Competition is open to unpublished and published works based on a true story, including biographies, memoirs, news articles, and essays--anything that could be adapted as a scripted film or TV series. Entries are judged on how well the material would fit into the current marketplace, as Book Pipeline producer partners are continuously seeking diverse, universally appealing projects revolving around real people and real events. Distinct and compelling stories that will resonate with a broad audience.

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

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 to producers and other execs specifically searching for true stories
  • 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  • Additional material review and circulation consideration of other stories, published or unpublished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) - November 20th, 2019

  • $5,000

Runners-up (2) - November 20th, 2019

  • $1,000 ($500 each)

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

  • Long-term circulation to producers and other execs specifically searching for true stories
  • 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

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 (i.e. not a reality, talk, or game show). Judges consist of Book Pipeline and Pipeline Media Group (PMG) executives.

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

For articles and other non-fiction content: submit the full piece + short synopsis (1-2 pages)

In both cases, a synopsis is required.

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 non-fiction. 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.

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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 company and producer options in Book Pipeline's network include:

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

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Exclusive / Pre-register: December 31st - $35
Special Entry: February 15th - $45
Early: May 10th - $55
Regular: July 30th - $60

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 (Paypal or credit card), 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 99% 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 July 30th, 2019.

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 late November 2019, after final judging wraps.

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: a biography where there are important details that can't be fairly covered by a short summary).

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?

Winner and runners-up are announced on or before November 20th, 2019.

CAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS ENTER?

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

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 material is sent to industry without the author's consent.

Contact our contest coordinator with any other questions.

*NOTE: We recently changed the structure of Book Pipeline and divided the main competition into separate submission platforms: Fiction and Non-fiction. This change does NOT affect the 2018 season, which accepted any and all formats. The 2018 Book Pipeline main competition will announce Semifinalist results on February 20th, 2019. Results will be posted under the 2018 link below.

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

– PIPELINE MEDIA GROUP SUCCESS STORIES –

Script Pipeline Contest Winner Spec Sells to Universal for $3 Million

After introductions by Script Pipeline to management, Evan Daugherty sold Snow White & the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million. It marked one of the biggest studio spec sales of all-time and subsequently made Evan one of the most in-demand writers in the industry. The film has grossed over $400 million worldwide and spawned the 2016 film The Huntsman.

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

Shortly after the Script Pipeline screenwriting contest, Evan landed an assignment with Warner Bros. to rewrite an adaptation of He-Man, which led to the sale of SWATH.

Evan co-wrote an adaptation of the young adult novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment (Twilight). The film released March 2014 and stars Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet.

After selling a pilot pitch, it was later announced Evan would be one of the writers and executive producers on an adaptation of the DC comic franchise Midnight, Mass. for NBC and Five Ghosts for Syfy. He was one of the writers on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Michael Bay reboot starring Megan Fox. Evan was tapped to write and executive produce the event series Esmeralda for ABC Studios and signed on to pen the third installment of the GI Joe franchise for Paramount. Disney's Rose Red, based on an original script by Justin Merz and a pitch by Evan, will serve as a companion piece to the Snow White story.

Among all these projects, he wrote an initial draft for Warner Bros. and MGM's Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), and is on the Paramount film Earthseed and Hulu's adaptation of Myst.

Tripper Clancy Sells Multiple Specs to Studios, Including the Action-Comedy Stuber

Contest winner Tripper Clancy signed with a Script Pipeline partner following a top-four finish in the contest. A few months after the screenwriting competition ended, 20th Century Fox selected Tripper for their feature comedy writing team to help develop new material.

"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 (StuberHigh Five)

In September 2013, he sold the comedy The Ambassadors, and Tripper's buddy-comedy pitch Winter Break was picked up as the last spec sale of the year. In early 2014, he was hired to write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount and, in 2016, the comedy Hacker Camp for Hasbro.

Tripper's biggest script sale to date: Fox picked up his spec Stuber for the mid-six figures. The action-comedy is based on an idea developed by Tripper and his manager. Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049) co-stars alongside Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), and Betty Gilpin (Glow)The film releases May 2019.

In addition, his contest-winning script Henry the Second is being shepherded by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps (Stranger Things) and 3311 Productions. Tripper is also adapting the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, and is one of the writers on Amazon's High Five.

Screenwriting Contest Winner Produced, Releases 2019

Henry Dunham's The Standoff at Sparrow Creek began production in 2018 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 producing. Dunham makes his feature directorial debut.

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

The project, originally titled Militia, won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Writer Henry Dunham was connected with representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with Pipeline industry partner Madhouse 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)

The script was a unanimous pick amongst Script Pipeline staff for top honors. Both CEO Chad Clough and Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich pegged the screenplay as a fresh, relevant spin on the genre, and an "unquestionably strong calling card" for the up-and-coming Dunham.

Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest-Winning Script

The Script Pipeline contest-winning screenplay Shrapnel was turned into the film Killing Season, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Corsan and Millennium Films produced the action/thriller and rehashed the original plot during development. It was released in 2013.

– Other Notable PMG Success Stories –

  • Octagon Entertainment signed Screenwriting Competition winners Joshua Johnson and Jamie Napoli (Getaway). Script Pipeline execs introduced Octagon manager Jeff Diamond to the writing team, who have another feature in development.
  • Writers Burke Scurfield and Adam Lederer signed with manager Drew Shenfield at Mosaic in 2018. Their comedy pilot, Big Boy, was circulated by Script Pipeline to Mosaic execs after the script's top 10 placement in the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition.
  • Sara Monge signed with Josh Dove at IPG Management in August 2018, after receiving circulation by Pipeline execs. Her pilot SOS placed in the top 10 of the 2017 TV Writing season.
  • Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) 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. Off the Menu released in 2018 and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
  • Searching, written by Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty (winners of the First Look Project), was selected for the 2018 Sundance Festival--and soon after picked up by Sony for $5 million. Sev previously co-produced The Intervention and Fruitvale Station.The film is Aneesh’s feature directorial debut and released in August 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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 and continues a career in TV writing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TV Writing Competition Runner-up Laura Bensick (The Mother) signed with UTA less than a few weeks after placing in the contest. The series is being considered by top studios and production companies.
  • 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.
  • First Look Project contest winner Besa is in development with Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) directing. Written by Michael Miceli, the crime/thriller won the Adaptation category of the inaugural First Look season and was later optioned.
  • Script Pipeline partner Bohemia Group Originals (BGO) optioned two Screenwriting and TV Writing Competition finalists: Bradley Stryker's action/thriller The Dragon Run and Diana Wright's comedy pilot Franchise. The following month, they optioned Nadeem Siddiqui's romcom Slut, also a Screenwriting finalist.
  • 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). Martini's company, Mona Vista Productions, will be donating 30% of the film's profits to charity.
  • Nir Paniry's Princesses to be produced by Grey Matter Productions and Pascal Pictures. Joachim Røenning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directing. Nir placed second in the Script Pipeline contest with his action screenplay The Coyote.
  • TV Writing Competition finalist Dani Messerschmidt (Hello, I Live Here) signed with John Zaozirny at Bellevue Productions. Dani was introduced to reps from Bellevue at a Script Pipeline writer/industry event months prior. She's developing material for both film and TV.
  • Six years after winning the Screenwriting Competition, Debbie Chesebro and Tyson FitzGerald optioned their screenplay Prom Queen to Classy Films as a result of Script Pipeline's long-term facilitation.
  • 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.
  • Screenwriting winner Tyler Burton Smith (Henchman) signed with WME and Grandview. He has multiple projects in development with major production companies, including Spooked, with Dan Lin producing, a reboot of Child's Play, and the horror Five Nights at Freddy's.
  • Screenwriting finalist Andrew Martin Robinson (Cut Its Head Off) signed with Peter Katz of Story Driven less than a week after his horror screenplay was circulated to Script Pipeline's industry network.
  • Greg Martin and Eric Beu signed with Good Fear Film + Management (formerly Benderspink) in 2015. The writing duo were named the winners of the TV Writing Competition with their original pilot Beachwood.
  • Screenwriting Finalist 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). The project is in development.
  • Precious Cargo, a finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition written by Max Adams, released in April 2016. The film starred 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 through 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 (Donnie Darko, Bad Words) 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.
  • Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Slammin' by Aaron Metchik and Joseph Garner sold to Warner Bros. for six-figures in 2003. It was the competition's first major success story, and the first Script Pipeline writer 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 for screenplays, pilots, films, books, and other creative material.