Book Pipeline: 2020 Adaptation Contests

***Please note, there has been an uptick in publishers that are not accepting unagented submissions. Too many presses and publishers are getting mass submissions that do not fit their catalogs. DO NOT submit your work if it doesn't fit the publisher's guidelines.

An exciting opportunity came across my email this morning from Book Pipeline. And it’s for all of you published and unpublished authors out there.

It’s an adaptation competition. Book Pipeline is looking for published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and TV adaptation. If you want to see your work on the small or big screen, you should keep reading.

The Book Pipeline Published Author Contest Details

There are no genre restrictions for the published competition. Judging criteria are based on concept originality, marketability, and overall writing talent. Best of all, every entrant receives feedback on their submission, specifically on its adaptation potential.

Winners and finalists will receive personalized assistance from the company’s execs before industry exposure. You’ll also get the following:

  • $10,000 to winner, $2,000 to 2 runners-up ($1,000 each)
  • Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs
  • Project development with Book Pipeline to prepare a film or TV series pitch
  • Consideration of other material and circulation of other stories to industry
  • Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

There is a $60 submission fee to enter. You can upload your submission online or email it to them at

Anyone interested in submitting their work must do so before August 15, 2020.

To learn more or to submit to the contest, click here.

The Book Pipeline Unpublished Author Contest Details

And here are all of the details for the unpublished author contest:

  • They are only accepting manuscripts from the following genres: young adult, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, outsider/experimental, and nonfiction.
  • Select publishers and agents get first look at the top selections for each category, including LGR Literary Agency, Katherine Tegen Books, and Verve Publishing.

The winners and finalists can expect to recieve the following:

  • $15,000 to winners ($2,500 for each category winner)
  • Immediate circulation to publishers, agents, editors, and other execs
  • Consideration from producers seeking projects for film and TV adaptation
  • Additional long-term reviews of other books for potential circulation
  • Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

For this competition, Book Pipeline does not want to receive any novellas, short stories, poetry, plays, graphic novels, screenplays, pilots, or anything else that is not an unpublished, full-length work of fiction or nonfiction. 

There is also a $55 submission fee to enter. You can upload your submission online or email it to them at

The deadline to submit is September 5, 2020.

Thinking about submitting? You can get the full details here.

Good luck to everyone who submits! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Please, please, please let me know if you get accepted. I want to be able to tune in to the show or movie for when it gets released. And I will tell some friends to watch it.

Stay safe, everyone.

Until next time.



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


7 Responses

  1. I noticed one of the criteria was originality. As you know, my Jagged Coast story is book 1 of a trilogy. For over a year, I’ve been working at the second book. And I’ve been saying, “I have to be original. I have to think of something new to happen, with new actions, a new scenario.” I’ve been concentrating on the actions that happen.
    That was the wrong attitude.
    Last week, I was watching ep. 1 of the 80s cyberpunk anime, Bubblegum Crisis, and in the intro, they were playing Konya Wa Hurricane.
    One of the phrases, among others, is, “The city doesn’t care about our suffering” (or something like that)
    That was like a light coming on, and gave me inspiration.
    At the end of Book 1, Fawnlum has defeated Maguleth and his wicked scheme. She stole his dream of what he wanted to accomplish and serve his foul master. Then at the very end, Maguleth kidnaps Baneck, and has now stolen Fawnlum’s dream, of them being married and raising their own family, and what they were going to build together.
    That is the character-oriented content that matters more than asking “Is this sequence of events original enough?”
    It is the foundation that all things are built on (or the fuel from which all things flow).
    The characters, once this part of them is ignited, are what will drive the story, not wondering, “is this action that the characters are taking original enough?”
    It feels empowering to work with that part of the characters 😉

    I’m afraid I won’t have anything to submit to the Adaptation Contest. But it’s another good thing to know, and thanks for sharing it.

    1. Yes. It’s more about how the characters deal with any given situation than about the sequence of events, but your story needs to have a little something different to it as well. Basically, originality is more of a “huh. I didn’t think about this.” type of moment.

      No worries! It looks like they do this every year, so you can always get things ready for next year. 😉

      1. I’m trying to use inspiration from some favorite sources, but still be original.
        As the setting for Book 2, I’m trying to use a city similar to Skullport from D&D. This is a port city of much business and much crime, where the city lords have carved it up into territories and rivalries are kept peaceful by business agreements. Maguleth has established himself here with some special operatives, where he imposes his will on one of the city lords. A dark force from with the deepway (my version of the underdark) has also established herself, allied with a rival lord, and her only goal is to see Maguleth destroyed.
        This is where Baneck was accidentally spirited away to, and where Fawnlum has to come to rescue him. She’s out of her element to the Nth degree.

      2. And there’s nothing wrong with that! 🙂

        It definitely sounds interesting! And I think it’ll work. The setting is going challenge her in ways that she won’t be able to anticipate which will be exciting to follow.

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