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Read Our One-Year Anniversary Issue of Two Cities

Hello readers! If you’re familiar with Writerly Life, you’re aware that I also work as co-editor of a fresh, sparkling, disturbing and delightful online literary magazine, Two Cities Review. I’m very proud to report that we’ve officially been in business for a year, and are launching our fifth issue, the special one-year anniversary issue, today.

Please do head on over to read our latest issue of Two Cities Review, admire the beautiful imagery, and spread the word among readers and writers alike. We’re really excited about this one and I hope you will be too.

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New Prose Contest at Two Cities Review

Deadline: March 1, 2015

We’re excited to announce the inception of Two Cities’ very first contest! Beginning December 1, 2014, we will accept entries for a contest with a prize of $250 for each winner in the Fiction and Nonfiction categories.

The theme of our contest is CITIES GONE WRONG. We’re looking for your dystopian societies, your transportation nightmares, your Hurricane Sandy disasters, your emotional state when the city fell apart around you, or your stories of how a bad breakup changed the way you looked at the city forever. Show us the dark underbelly or the dangerous and liberating side of the city. Above all we love inventive, top-quality writing. You may interpret this theme in any way you wish, as long as the writing is vivid, the story is riveting, and the characters are unforgettable.

GUIDELINES: There is a $5 entry fee for each genre of submission. A prize of $250, and publication in our fall issue, will go to the winner of both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Submit previously unpublished work of up to 5,000 words. We reserve the right to cancel the contest and issue refunds of entry fees if there is insufficient enrollment. Submissions will also be considered for general publication in the magazine. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.

Boston Launch Party!

At our second launch party in Boston, we rocked the Middlesex Lounge. We introduced the mission of Two Cities, held a raffle, heard contributor L. Michael Hager read from his work, and met some great new literary friends. Thanks to everyone who came out for the event, and thanks as well to our wonderful writers.

Here’s our reader, L. Michael Hager:

This means that issue 1 is officially launched! You can read it online at our Current Issue page, or you can buy a print copy online at the following link, at Lulu:

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Keep following us for more thoughts on the city literary life, and don’t forget to Submit your work for our summer issue of Two Cities Review!

We Did It!

GREAT news, readers — Two Cities Review‘s Kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded! That means we’ll be able to launch our first issue and give it the support and attention it needs to be great. Thank you tremendously for your support; if you’re a backer, you’ll soon be receiving news via email about what rewards are available and how to make sure you receive them. You can expect plenty of exciting updates to come about our launch parties in Boston and New York and the work that will be appearing in our first issue. But there’s one thing you won’t have to read anymore: that’s me begging you for support!

Spread the word about our first issue, which we are targeting for a March release, and stay tuned to hear more reflections on city life and information about our launch. Thanks again, backers!

New From Two Cities: Marathon Madness

I can’t resist posting what is appearing on Two Cities today: my co-editor is brave and foolish enough to be running in the New York marathon, and she’s writing about it. Check out an excerpt here right now, and read on at Two Cities Review.

Tomorrow, I will be doing something crazy. I will be waking up early, putting on some spandex, taking the subway to the Staten Island Ferry and then running for 26.2 miles. For the first time ever, I will be running the NYC Marathon.

Running a marathon has been a bucket list item for me since I was a child, but it was one of those things I never actually thought I would do. You see, I actually hate running. But, growing up in Boston, the marathon was always a huge deal. I knew people who ran it every year, who raised money for charity, who trained all year for Heartbreak Hill. We had the day off from school and would pile out on to Comm Ave to watch the marathoners run by. I always dreamed it would someday be me, but at the back of my mind, I didn’t really believe it would ever happen.

Yet, here I am. I moved to New York, got a job and started dating a great guy who is now my husband. When he started running seriously, I said what the heck, might as well try. And after a couple years of regular racing, we qualified for the marathon by running 9 qualifying races and volunteering for 1 event. Now the moment is here and I’m excited, nervous and most of all, hungry.

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New from Two Cities: Two Cities Within One

There’s a new post up at Two Cities Review! Read an excerpt below, and be sure to click on to read the rest.

Image from Google Maps

So many cities around the world are defined by the rivers whose banks they hug, or the bridges that straddle them, and Boston is no different. In fact, I’ve been throwing the term “Boston” around pretty loosely, but of course Boston is often used as shorthand for the two brotherly cities on either side of the Charles River — Boston and its companion, Cambridge. They have their own mayors, their own city councils, their own competing farmer’s markets and museums; but residents of either tend to jump back and forth very freely, and will say they’re from Boston to outsiders when they really live in Cambridge. I’m one of those folks.

Locals know that there’s a slightly different tone and personality to be found on either side of the river. While Boston is the sleek cultural hub, home of Copley Square, the massive historic Boston Public Library, and most of the Revolutionary War monuments, Cambridge is Boston’s liberal hippie cousin. Here, the city of Cambridge compensated same-sex married couples who weren’t receiving federal benefits, pledging to make up the difference until the law was changed (and thankfully, it has). Here, helpful guides will tell you what part of your garbage is compostable and each new building is competing to be even more sustainable. But Cambridge is also home to rough parts, rundown neighborhoods; it’s holding hands with its roughneck cousin Somerville, which is only just starting to hipsterize…

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Follow us on Twitter!

As I’ve mentioned, a couple of us editors are hard at work in the creation of our new online literary magazine, TWO CITIES REVIEW. Our site is still a work in progress, but we have leaped headfirst onto Twitter. in order to start sharing our thoughts on the writing life. Our Twitter feed is full of thoughts on writing and also on what it means to be living in the big city these days. We’re talking and thinking about how to reconcile city life, with all its pressures, stresses, and joys, with a creative existence.

So follow us on Twitter and you’ll get a front-row seat to the literary things we’re reading, activities we’re doing in both Boston and New York, and literary thoughts we’re thinking. You’ll also be the first to get updates on our magazine, the submissions process, news and events, and more. So how about it? subscribe today!


Very exciting news here at Writerly Life

I’m excited, readers. After a long time of wanting and planning, my good friend and I are getting our acts together and starting a very new online literary magazine. We have always wanted to be the curators of something special, collecting the kinds of fiction and creative nonfiction that we love to read. And this fall, we are beginning the journey.

There will be more information forthcoming as I embark on this publishing adventure; I’ll have plenty to report about the bumps in the road and the exciting work we are doing. At the same time, Writerly Life, which focuses on the behind the scenes elements of the writing life, will keep chugging along, so have no fear. But you can expect to hear more about what it’s like to work on an online publication and all the responsibilities it will include, such as editing, promoting, collecting, and designing.

Many fellow writers I know began their careers as editors or publishers in their own right, giving their frien ds a place to see their work in print. I’m excited to join the fray in the same way. As soon as our site is up and running, you’ll find out more. So stay tuned, and get excited!

Subscribe to Writerly Life’s Newsletter!

Now that a new month has begun, a new issue of the truly excellent Writerly Life newsletter has appeared. If you haven’t subscribed yet, now is the time! Subscribers to the completely free newsletter get a weekly update of the top posts, as well as a monthly message about the writing life, the best posts of the past month, and an exclusive preview of what posts are coming up next month. That’s not all, though — every monthly newsletter includes a writing exercise for you to try, as well as all sorts of extra inside information.

Sign up for the newsletter today, and spread the word!

Buzz: New York Times Online Courses for Aspiring Writers

I’ve received information about an interesting opportunity for writers, bloggers, and editors. If you’re looking for well-regarded classes about improving your writing or blogging, the New York Times online course catalog might be worth a look. Here’s the press release I was given.

Interested in issues related to writing, blogging, and editing? The New York Times Knowledge Network (NYT) has a number of online courses available for aspiring writers, bloggers, and editors of all ages seeking to develop and perfect their craft.

These courses are part of The USC and New York Times Knowledge Network online continuing education program (, which offers students tailored, practical programs to enhance their professional paths, and the flexibility of online courses for both working and non-working adults. Courses feature USC faculty, in addition to New York Times journalists.

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