Enter this cool writing contest and get me as your editor!

9 Oct

I tweeted about this yesterday. If you moved to NYC in 2009 and have time to write 800 words this weekend, read on:

We’re looking for nonfiction, first-person stories from brand-new New Yorkers about their lives since arriving in New York City, some of which we will publish in the book. Exciting!

But wait! There are rules. You must have arrived in 2009. The story you write must be true (and it will be fact-checked by our research department). And it should be no more than 800 words.

We want to know the specifics of the life you have made here, why you came, what you hope to make of your New York life professionally/socially/romantically, what the city has felt like, and how it has or has not met your expectations.

If you think this sounds like something you’d want to participate in, send your essay to myfirstny@nymag.com by this Monday, October 12. We’ll contact you if we’re interested in using the piece.

Many of you might not be aware that I edit stories for a living.If you enter the contest, I will personally edit your piece.

This combines two of my favorite things: helping people improve their writing, and hearing YOUR stories about moving to New York!

I wish NYMag had given more notice for those of you who want to enter. Alas, if you’re game, I’m game. Hop to it!


One Response to “Enter this cool writing contest and get me as your editor!”

  1. Gally 05/06 at 4:31 pm #

    Sounds wonderful, now I just need to move to New York so I can enter!

    I’m sure a lot of writers will jump at this. Congrats to whoever wins!

    — Gally

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