Deal Me In 2014 – A Short Story Reading Challenge

Welcome to The 2014 Short Story Reading Challenge, “Deal Me In 2014!”

What is the goal?

To read 52 short stories in 2014 (that’s only one per week)

What do I need?

1) Access to at least fifty-two short stories
2) A deck of cards
3) Less than an hour of reading time each week

Where do I post about my stories?

1) on your own blog or website if you have one (I will link to your post at the bottom of my weekly post. I currently plan to do my weekly post on Sundays)

2) if you don’t have a blog or website you may comment on my weekly post, sharing thoughts on your own story – or start one at WordPress or blogspot – it’s easy and free to create a basic blog.

How do I pick which stories to read?

(The 52 stories themselves are totally up to you.) Before you get started, come up with a roster of fifty-two stories (you can use any source) and assign each one to a playing card in a standard deck of cards. It can be fun to use different suits for different types of stories, but that is optional. Each “week,” (if you’re like me, you may occasionally fall a story or two behind) you draw a card at random from your deck and that is the story you will read.

How do I sign up?

Leave a comment below (or at my other post where I announced my story list) with your URL and I will link you.

What is the purpose?

To have FUN and to be exposed to new authors and stories. Isn’t that enough? 🙂

Some short story resources:
Links:
Classic Horror Stories:
AmericanLiterature.com short story of the day
EastoftheWeb’s short story of the day:
The Library of America’s short story of the week archive:

Also

These links alone would provide you with enough FREE short stories to do this project for years, and there are MANY other sites if you look around a bit. There’s even a short stories app for the iPhone (also free).

Also, a resource link: The Mookse and the Gripes book blog has posted a page aggregating all of this year’s (and each year back through 2009) stories posted at The New Yorker, with links to the stories. Some of them involve a New Yorker members-only paywall, but the majority are free for all. There are some big, big names represented and lots of good stories.

http://mookseandgripes.com/reviews/the-new-yorker-fiction-forum/

Definitely a fun challenge to undertake. “Ye-ah, definitely.”

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Participants and their Lists:

Me (Jay @ Bibliophilopolis) https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/my-2014-short-story-reading-challenge/

Dale @ Mirror with Clouds http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/short-stories-deal-me-in/2014-2/

Candiss ( @ Read the gamut) http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/deal-me-in-2014-a-short-story-reading-challenge/

mannomoi (@dilletante artiste) http://dilettanteartiste.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/challenges-2014-back-to-the-classics-deal-me-in-short-stories/

“Returning Reader” @ Returning Reader http://returningreader.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/deal-me-in-short-story-reading-challenge-2014/

Hanne (@ Reading on Cloud 9) http://readingoncloud9.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/2014-challenge-dealmein/

Katherine (@ The Writerly Reader) http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/deal-me-in-week-1-oh-whistle-and-ill-come-to-you-my-lad/

Hanna (@ The Book Exchange) http://thebigbookexchange.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/hanna-deal-me-in-2014-a-short-story-reading-challenge/

Kubi (@ The Book Exchange) http://thebigbookexchange.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/kubi-deal-me-in-2014-a-short-story-reading-challenge/

James (@ ready when you are ) http://readywhenyouarecb.blogspot.in/2014/01/deal-me-in.html

Susan (@ Avid Series Reader ) http://avidseriesreader.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-deal-me-in-short-story-challenge.html

Gautami @ http://readbookswritepoetry.blogspot.in/ (no list)

Jeri @ TBD

Julie (@ books are portable magic) http://booksareportablemagic.blogspot.com/ list to follow?

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57 Comments

  1. January 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    […]  You can find out more at this informative post.  There is also a dedicated post for reviews here, and our host will be posting weekly round-up threads with everyone’s links.  You can […]

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  2. January 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

    […] – but here I am adding some more things to my 2014 Reading Challenge… I came across Jay’s ‘Deal Me In’ short story challenge and I thought it was an intriguing way to make me read some of the stories I have assembled over […]

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  3. Hanne, on Cloud 9 said,

    January 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Done, i’m in! http://readingoncloud9.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/2014-challenge-dealmein/

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    • Jay said,

      January 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Hurrah! I hope you enjoy doing this as much as I have the past few years.

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    • Jay said,

      January 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Great! Happy to have you with us! I look forward to hearing about your stories.
      -Jay

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  4. January 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    […] Deal Me In 2014 – A Short Story Reading Challenge […]

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  5. January 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    […] will start the read-a-thon on Monday by reading my first pick for the Deal Me In short story challenge:  “Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler (story dictated by drawing […]

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  6. January 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    […] should have my review of Speech Sounds (for the Deal Me In short story challenge) up today.  I’m working on my review of Rite of Passage, (The Classics Club, The 2014 TBR […]

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  7. January 9, 2014 at 3:21 am

    […] my first story selection in the Deal Me In short story challenge, I drew the 4 of Hearts – Octavia Butler’s “Speech […]

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  8. January 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    […] Deal Me In Challenge Week 3 (see list here): Guy De Maupassant, by Isaac Babel. This story can also be read online at Narrative Magazine (subscription required, but free of charge). For more info on this challenge, visit Jay’s blog here. […]

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  9. January 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’m in! Saw your challenge on James Chester’s blog…I’m in the 2014 TBR Triple Dare. I too have TBR short story anthologies. Looks like fun – easy to catch up!

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    • Jay said,

      January 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Super! For sure, late-joining is allowed – and encouraged! It IS easy to catch up (I speak from experience, I’m afraid) too. I look forward to seeing your roster of stories and reading your posts.
      -Jay

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  10. January 25, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    […] I’ve gotten behind in my reading and writing about short stories for the Deal Me In 2014 challenge, I have three stories to cover this week as I scramble to play catch-up.  The story for […]

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  11. The Exchange said,

    February 1, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Hello! We are Hanna and Kubi from The Exchange and we’re excited about joining in on this challenge. We’ve decided to make our individual lists and we’ve already posted them on our blog: http://thebigbookexchange.wordpress.com/category/reading-challenges-2014/deal-me-in-short-story/

    Thank you very much and happy reading!

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    • Jay said,

      February 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Hello! Very happy to have you join us! Heading over to check out your lists now. 🙂

      Like

  12. February 27, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    […] “Perfection” from Jay’s list at Bibliophilopolis.  He also sponsors the Deal Me In challenge.  And I chose this story because I was the one who recommended it to Jay (even though I had yet to […]

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  13. March 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    […] Spades just keep coming!  For this week’s Deal Me In story, I drew the Jack of Spades – “Sea Oak” by George Saunders.  This story […]

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  14. March 8, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    […] Deal Me In Challenge Week 8 (catching up!): The last two weeks have been crazy busy. Very little reading time, and even less blog writing time. But now, it’s time to catch up. The first story is Roberto Bolaño’s Gómez Palacio. This story first appeared in The New Yorker in 2005 (available here, no subscription required). For my list of stories, see my 2014 challenge. For more info on this challenge, visit Jay’s blog here. […]

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  15. March 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    […] Deal Me In Challenge Week 9 (catching up!): Lady Fortuna gave me a weird combination here: a US army soldier versus Joseph Stalin… This story first appeared in The New Yorker in 2005 (available here, no subscription required). For my list of stories, see my 2014 challenge. For more info on this challenge, visit Jay’s blog here. […]

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  16. March 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    […] cheating a bit this week for my Deal Me In story.  For the Classics Club Spin, the lucky number decreed I should read Raymond Carver’s […]

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  17. March 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    […] this week’s Deal Me In story, I drew the 8 of Spades – “Brownies” by ZZ Packer.  It can be found in the […]

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  18. March 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    […] Deal Me In Challenge Week 10 (catching up!): The plan is to do two stories again this evening, and I’m all caught up! The King of spades brought me both Louis Quatorze and Andre Dubus – another strange combination. This story can be found in his Selected Stories collection (Vintage, 1989) or at Narrative Magazine here (subscription is required, but free of charge). For my list of stories, see my 2014 challenge. For more info on this challenge, visit Jay’s blog here. […]

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  19. March 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    […] Deal Me In Challenge Week 11 (all caught up!): The cards are sending me on the streets in the company of Napoleon and William Trevor this evvening, and I’m getting lucky: it’s a fantastic, quiet and subtle story. This story first appeared in the New Yorker in 2003 and can be read here (no subscription required). For my list of stories, see my 2014 challenge. For more info on this challenge, visit Jay’s blog here. […]

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  20. March 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    […] It’s week 12 of my 2014 Deal Me In Project and I drew the three of spades which corresponds to Ray Bradbury’s short story “Long After Midnight”.   Deal Me In is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. […]

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  21. March 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    […] week’s draw for the Deal Me In short story challenge is the 3 of Hearts – “The Library of Babel” by Argentinian […]

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  22. March 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    […] Deal Me In Challenge Week 12: Einstein and Margaret Atwood are sending me on a cruise to the Arctic. It’s promising – and it definitely delivers too! This story first appeared in the New Yorker in 2011 and can be read here (no subscription required). For my list of stories, see my 2014 challenge. For more info on this challenge, visit Jay’s blog here. […]

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  23. March 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    […] week 13 of my 2014 Deal Me In project (Sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis).  That means we are a quarter of the way through the year – which in some ways is hard to […]

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  24. March 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    […] story draw this week for the Deal Me In challenge is the 8 of Diamonds – Katherine Mansfield’s 1918 story “Bliss”. […]

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  25. April 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    […] baseball stories (of which one more is on my Deal Me In 2014 roster – DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis) but I think Grey is better known for his stories of the American West – specifically, […]

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  26. April 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    […] Johnson for quite some time, so at first I was excited when his card came up as this week’s Deal Me In story. As I started reading “Emergency”, the combination of beautiful and unpleasant […]

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  27. April 18, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    […] Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.  This story can be found on-line […]

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  28. Cedar Station said,

    April 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I just found this challenge through Candiss of Reading the Gamut, and I absolutely love the idea! Because I’m a bit late to the party, I wondered if I might adapt the playing card concept and use some of my to-read books as options rather than short stories. Do you think that would be okay? I can call it something else if you like, and join up properly next year (if you decide to run this challenge again, which I hope you will!)

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    • Jay said,

      April 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Hello! Glad you found the Deal Me In Challenge! Feel free to adapt the challenge however you want. I just do short stories because 52 books would eat up pretty much all the available reading time I have in a year, and I like to have the majority of my reading be ad hoc and not pre-determined.

      I do plan to do it again next year, and others have been referring to putting stories on “next year’s list” so I don’t think I’ll be alone.:-) I’ve followed you on WordPress now, and if I see any DMI posts come up ill include their links in my weekly wrap-up posts on Sunday afternoon.

      Glad you like this idea. I’ve found it’s a fun way to get in the habit of reading (at least) one story a week.

      -Jay

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  29. April 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    […] Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.  This story can be found on-line […]

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  30. April 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    […] gotten terribly behind on my stories for the Deal Me In challenge over the past few weeks.  I’ve actually read my stories in time each week, but I […]

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  31. May 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    […] This is Week 18 of my Deal Me In 2014 Project and this post will be short and sweet – just like Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Mnemonics”.  My Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. […]

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  32. May 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    […] thus, Reading Roulette was born. It’s an idea I’ve appropriated from Bibliophilopolis, who is currently running a fantastic challenge called Deal Me In. Deal Me In requires […]

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  33. May 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    […] week’s Deal Me In 2014 Challenge card is the 4 of Clubs, corresponding to Roald Dahl’s “The Wonderful Story of Henry […]

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  34. Risa said,

    May 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I know I’m 18 weeks late, but I think I would like to join this so that I do manage to read some short stories. I’m not at my place at the moment, but at the end of the week I hope to have a list. Sounds like fun and no pressure at all! 🙂

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    • Jay said,

      May 5, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Hi Risa,
      It will be great to have you in the challenge with us! It’s been so much more fun with a group of readers. I’ve learned about a lot of new authors and stories already this year.

      I’ve found that making your list is half the fun. I look forward to seeing your roster later.
      -Jay

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  35. May 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    […] Deal Me In challenge story of the week:  I won’t know which story I’ll be reading until I draw the week’s card.  (I’ll update this post when I have the information.) […]

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  36. May 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    […] My Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. […]

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  37. May 28, 2014 at 2:43 am

    […] challenge frame of mind, you might want to check out the Deal Me In short story challenge run by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. It’s been a great way to stay on track and read a story every […]

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  38. May 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    […] My Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. […]

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  39. June 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    […] am so very behind.  I am even behind on catching up from being behind!  This week’s Deal Me In post will be an effort to make up some lost ground.  I’ve read four stories since I last […]

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  40. June 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    […] The Coward”.   My Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.  Jay also posted about this story last […]

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  41. June 22, 2014 at 10:34 am

    […] been selecting my reading by chance lately.  The Deal Me In Short Story Challenge inspired this round of  reading by chance, but I’ve done this before over the […]

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  42. Randall said,

    July 15, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Hi Jay, I’ve enjoyed reading about your challenge for some time now. You inspired me to undertake a Deal Me In “Lite” challenge, which I have started doing on my blog. Please take a look; I would love your feedback!

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  43. November 12, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    […] For Week 46 of my Deal Me In 2014 short story project, I drew my final wild card.  I selected another story from The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”.  My Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. […]

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  44. November 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    […] also have to write up reviews for two short pieces I read as part of The Deal Me In Short Story Challenge.  I‘m doing another round of cards since I had so much fun with the first one.  And, I’m […]

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  45. December 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    […] It’s week 49 of my Deal Me In 2014 short story project.  Only three more stories to go.  This week I drew the Five of Diamonds and read Bernard Malamud’s story “A Summer’s Reading”.  My Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. […]

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  46. December 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    […] This was week 50 of my Deal Me In 2014 short story project.  Only two more stories to go.  My Deal Me In 2014 list can be seen here.  DMI is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. […]

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  47. December 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    […] through a bunch of wonderful ones, so I am happy for that.  Despite doing pretty well with the Deal Me In short story challenge for quite a few months, I never managed to get into a regular posting rhythm and fell off a lot in […]

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