Last April, New York published a special Arrivals issue, in which notable New Yorkers like Cindy Sherman, David Dinkins, Amy Sedaris, Keith Hernandez, and others reminisced about their first few days in the city. It was fun, which is why we're now expanding it into a book. That's where you come in.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by this Monday, October 12. We'll contact you if we're interested in using the piece.