Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Pipeline Competition

I’ve noticed many authors are ambivalent about entering writing contests, but I’m not sure that’s always a good idea. Yes, they do cost you an entry fee, but getting your writing into agent and editor hands for less than $100 is much cheaper than pitching at a conference. Just do your homework and choose the contests with care. Here’s one contest that recently rolled across our radar.

The Book Pipeline Competition, presented by Script Pipeline, is seeking playwrights and authors with stellar material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will have the unique opportunity of developing their work with industry executives and representatives.

Acceptable entries include:

Novels and short stories
Book Proposals/Pitches
Graphic Novels

Final deadline is September 30th. You can get more details and submit your work at

Good luck if you decide to enter your work! 


  1. This sounds like a great opportunity for those who want to expand into scriptwriting or those who are already aspiring to enter that field exclusively.

  2. I entered Mythikas Island into the Writer's Digest Self-Published contest and received excellent feedback: 5 out of 5 stars for plot and character. While I didn't win, I did enjoy the warm glow of praise. That was worth the price of admission. With any contest, I'd say research it. Make sure it is a legitimate source. There are a lot of poetry anthologies that charge you the cost of a copy of the anthology and they publish anyone who submits regardless of the quality. As a rookie poet, I did a few of those until I caught on. I was always given a gold or silver rating. I sense everyone was given the same to convince you to keep submitting and buying. If the contest is legitimate, you will have one person you don't know read it and give you feedback. I also paid for a critique through Create Space which did not turn out to be worth it. Whoever reviewed the book thought the story should be different with the parents on the island interfering with the girls' hero quest. That is the danger of critiquing: they may have their own ideas of what your story should be. A friend of mine did the same and they told her she needed to find a way to work the Rosetta Stone into the story. It's a mixed bag out there.

  3. Do you have a team of beta readers, Diana? You can usually get some solid feedback in exchange for offering your talents in return. No dollar cost. Well, it's always a mixed bag - but you take what you need and leave the rest.


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