The NOW! Organization was founded in 2006, and it “…bridges people from diverse backgrounds to sculpt innovative, holistic solutions toward social, environmental, and economic sustainability”. And further: “We implement interdisciplinary grassroots programs to creatively inspire, engage, and empower youth, pique ideas and discussions, promote interdisciplinary, holistic thinking and problem solving, and spark action.”
So essentially it’s a youth organization on sustainability run entirely by youth volunteers, who last year established a playwriting competition for aspiring theatreists between the ages of 14 – 26 (split into 2 categories: 14 – 18 and 19 – 26). The winning playwrights receive:
- their plays performed across Canada to an estimated audience of 10,000 people
- their plays broadcast on Sustainability Television
This is the second annual competition, information on the two winners from last year’s inaugural competition is available here.
On-line submissions will begin in December, giving aspiring writers lots of time to prepare.
Best of luck to all entrants, I sincerely hope the craft sticks with you, and we’ll be hearing much more from you in the future.