WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?
Special Entry: March 5th, 2020 - $35
Early: June 1st, 2020 - $45
Regular: September 5th, 2020 - $55
Late: October 5th, 2020 - $60
Finalists announced by October 20th, 2020. Winners selected on November 5th, 2020.
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.
CAN I REGISTER EARLY?
Yes, writers may register at any time and send their material later at no extra fee. All entries must be received by October 5th, 2020.
DO I NEED A COMPLETED MANUSCRIPT?
While entrants may register early if their work is still in-progress, they should have a completed manuscript by the time finalists are announced in October 2020, in the event they are selected for industry circulation.
For those registering early and sending their materials later, a full story synopsis and sample chapters must be submitted by the final deadline on October 5th.
WHAT IF I GET PUBLISHED AFTER ENTERING?
If your book is under agreement to be published, or is later published after entering, it would be ineligible to compete, in which case we could pull the entry and refund the entry fee.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I WIN OR PLACE AS A FINALIST?
Prior to industry circulation, Book Pipeline works with the individual authors to help edit and polish their pitch and sample chapters.
If you are a Grand Prize Winner, the supporting publisher or agent in your winning category will get first look at the material for a 3-week period. After that period has lapsed, or the publisher/agent has passed on the book, Book Pipeline will go wider with the material to other publishers, agents, and editors in our industry network. If you're a finalist, Book Pipeline bypasses the aforementioned "first look" step and goes straight to other publishers, agents, and editors in our industry network.
We also work long-term with writers and assist them in finding publishers and reps that would be the best fit for their story. Note that Book Pipeline does not take a percentage of any publication fee or advance, nor do we personally represent authors. We're simply helping make introductions to industry.
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 only are accepted. 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.
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 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 the final determination.
WHEN ARE THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT DATES?
Finalists announced by October 20th, 2020. Winners announced November 5th, 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?
Feedback is not included on Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest entries.
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. Further, your material is not sent to industry without the author's consent.
Contact our contest coordinator with any other questions.