Malaysia’s leading hub for publishers, authors and readers; Perbadanan Kota Buku in collaboration with Kumpulan Media Karangkraf and the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) are set to organise the world’s first publishing to media pitching competition titled, Page to Pitch (P2P) Media 360.
The competition which will be held in conjunction with the 9th edition of Kuala Lumpur Trade & Copyright Centre (KLTCC) in concurrent with the annual Kuala Lumpur International Book Fairs, aims to open up opportunities and provides a platform for budding writers to publish their ideas and develop established writers’ intellectual property (IP) into diverse digital media content. The competition is divided into two categories, with the theme of 'Adapting Books and Ideas into Digital Media.'
The first category, Idea to Publishing promises aspiring writers an opportunity to publish their ideas into a publication with Karangkraf worth up to RM50,000 in value, apart from RM5,000 grand prize from Kota Buku and an international marketing opportunity once their idea is published. The second category, Book to Development targets established writers to turn their publication into diverse digital media contents such as feature film, TV series, animation, digital comics, games, apps and more. The winner of this category will receive a green lane for their application in the FINAS development grant worth up to RM500,000 in value, apart from RM5,000 grand prize from Kota Buku and an international marketing opportunity.
Sayed Munawar Sayed Mustar, CEO of Kota Buku reiterated, "We are aware that there are many undiscovered talented writers out there. Therefore, P2P is the golden opportunity for them to shine and get the recognition for their talent. We hope the competition will encourage not just our nation’s creative writers, but ASEAN writers as well to boost their talent and strive to enrich the publishing industry as a whole."
The competition is open to all ASEAN countries for Category 1, whereas Category 2 is exclusively for Malaysian. Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of local and international industry experts from 7th to 8th May 2016 during KLTCC 2016. Submission for both categories is open until 22nd April 2016. Applicants can download the entry form at www.facebook.com/page2pitch