365 Next Gen

365 Next Generation          #365NextGen

Welcome playwrights ages thirteen to nineteen years old!  We are an international playwriting project that writes about 365 women in history every year.  We want to hear from young playwrights! The information to participate is below, along with information on our previous winners! If you have any questions email: 365womenayear@gmail.com


2020 Winners will be announced soon! 

2019 WINNERS: Aiyana McGarry Fairley & Claire Waldrop 

Aiyana McGarry Fairley has been participating in theater for six years. She has written a total of four short plays, including Listen To Your Heart and The Possum Library, a comedy about a school field trip gone wrong. She is currently working on two more plays. As an actress, her roles have included Martha Cratchit in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol, Gloria in The Core Theatre’s production of Wait Until Dark, and, at Rover Dramawerks, Melinda Mooch in The Belle of West Texas, and Paula Cash in I Am A Star. She enjoys playing guitar and singing.

Play: “Listen to Your Heart” about: Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys

Claire Waldrop: Claire Waldrop has been involved in theatre since she was a kid. She attends the Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance where she has developed her craft both as a performer and writer. Claire recently discovered her passion for playwriting last November when she tried it on a whim. She fell in love with it and has written several other plays since. Last year her play Heard placed third at the Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival, a state-wide theatre competition for high school students. Heard will be produced this January at the Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance.

Play: “The Art of Hanging Laundry” about: Anna Smith Strong

2018 WINNERS: LyLena Estabine & Sarah Lina Sparks 

LyLena EstabineLyLena Estabine is a Junior at Olathe Northwest High School. She is the author of the young adult novella On the Bridge, which can be found on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. She often speaks at libraries and schools around her hometown, encouraging other young people to share their stories and make their voices heard. LyLena believes that stories, both fictitious and real, on the stage or off it, have the power to change lives and inspire others. She hopes that through her work people might discover something new about themselves and be moved to stand up and speak out.

Play: “The Printing Press” about Ida B. Wells

Sarah Lina Sparks: I have no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going. I know that when I was younger my favorite thing was to play Rory Story Cubes with my Dad. I know that I made up so many imaginary friends as a child that my family often questioned the legitimacy of the statement “I made a new friend today.” I know that I’ve always made up my own worlds when my real world seemed dissatisfactory. I still have no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going. However, I do know that I am 17 years old, my name is Sarah Lina Sparks, and I am a story teller.
Play: “If Only Mabel Wore Trousers” about Mabel Walker Willebrandt

2021 Information:

DEADLINE:  November 1st, 2021 (Participants need to be ages 13-19 on this date.)

PLAYS:  Must be about a woman or women in history.  They can still be living. The play can be any genre. (Comedy, Drama, Absurd, etc.)  Musicals welcome. You can put women who never met in life in a play together, so it does not have to be realistic.  Our pieces are loosely based on the women in history.  Plays can be written by one or more playwrights aged 13-19.


Page 1: Title page with play title, your name, your school (or put homeschool), teacher or parent contact with their email, and a phone number.

Page 2: List of characters with short descriptions and a few sentence bio on the women in history in your piece.

The play itself can be up to 10 pages.  Your title page and list of character page do NOT count as part of your 10 pages for your play.  Please put any stage directions in italic.

RESULTS: We will select the strongest pieces for staged readings in 2019. Those pieces and the honorable mentions will be listed on the 365 website as part of our project. The remaining pieces will receive encouraging notes on how the playwright can best improve their pieces for the future.

EMAIL YOUR PIECES TO: 365womenayear@gmail.com

Subject line: NextGen 2021- YOUR NAME

Body of the email: 100 word bio about you

Attach your play as a PDF.

Plays must be received by November 1st, 2021.