The 5th Annual Book Pipeline Competition seeks material for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide, the contest accepts any genre, fiction or non-fiction. Published and unpublished works are both acceptable. Every entrant will receive general feedback on their submission, specifically on the material’s adaptation potential, comments are emailed after final judging is completed in March 2019.  Entry fees apply.



Exclusive Deadline: April 15th, 2018 – $40/entry


Regular Deadline: November 15th, 2018 – $65/entry

2018 Semifinalists Announced: February, 2019


Submission Guidelines

Acceptable entries include:

  • Novels
  • Non-fiction
  • Plays
  • Graphic Novels and comics
  • Book proposals or pitches (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Short stories

Process and Requirements:

– For novels, novellas, and other full-length books: approximately the first 5,000 words + full synopsis (1-3 pages)

– For plays, graphic novels, proposals, and short stories: the complete manuscript + full synopsis (1-3 pages)

– Material may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available.

– 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.

– Any genre accepted, including children’s books and projects intended for animation.

– Supplemental materials (illustrations, character bios, etc.) are optional.



Grand Prize Winner

– $10,000

– Immediate and long-term circulation to top companies in the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline network (see list below for companies receiving first look at the winner)

– Development assistance from Book Pipeline execs to help adapt the material into a screenplay, TV pilot, or pitch

– Additional review of other material for potential industry circulation

– Editorial write-up from Book Pipeline covering the winning submission


Finalists (2-8) and Winner

– Immediate and long-term circulation to top production companies and execs in the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline network

– Additional review of other material and potential for industry circulation


Semifinalists (10-20)

– Consideration for industry circulation and personal development assistance from Script Pipeline executives


The following are Book Pipeline partners receiving first look at the winner and finalists. Follow the link to see recent credits and learn more about the company.

QC Entertainment (Academy Award nominated producers of Get Out)

Good Fear Film + Management (Rings, Polaroid)

Lakeshore Entertainment (Age of Adaline, Million Dollar Baby, Underworld)

Energy Entertainment (Extant, I Am Legend)

Silent R Management / Jewerl Ross (reps Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight)

Madhouse Entertainment (The Ark, Prisoners)

Zero Gravity Management (Ozark, Beasts of No Nation)

Finalists and semifinalists also receive personalized circulation to Script Pipeline’s industry network of 150+ producers and agencies, with long-term, ongoing assistance for the winner and finalists.


For more information and to submit please go to http://bookpipeline.com/#submissioncriteria

To see Script Pipeline’s other competitions and opportunities please go to https://scriptpipeline.com/product-category/contests

Published on:
12 Apr 2018


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