Every year I do a reading challenge to keep my reading diverse and spicy.
I have often used the Book Riot reading challenges, but this year I really wanted to focus on short fiction, so I made my own.
In keeping with the Book Riot Model, mine is also 24 challenges: so roughly 2 collections or lit mags in a month.
A Literary magazine that was published at least 10-20 years ago.
Hmm. Lot’s of volumes sitting around to choose from here in my office… Check back with me!
A genre magazine issue from before 1985.
I’m pretty certain this is going to end up being sci fi or mystery… Stay tuned!
A collection by a foreign-born author/s.
Again, I have a lot of choices here, both posthumous and contemporary… Don’t worry, though, I’ll find one!
A linked-story collection.
I have one these signed—I think it’s going to get read this year! (Actually, it’s highly embarrassing that it has taken me this long.)
An edited collection on a specific theme.
Juicy! But which one?
A foreign-published literary magazine.
An edited best-of collection of stories.
I guess we’ll see what mood I’m in when I get there!
A collection by an author you’ve never read before.
A collection by an author you enjoyed reading, but whose short fiction you have never read.
I’m pretty excited about delving into some new territory with one of my favorites!
A collection by an author who is no longer alive.
I’m going to do my part to immortalize someone!
Reread a collection you’ve read before or a collection containing a story you’ve read before.
A collection of prize-winning short stories.
So many prizes out there! Won’t be hard to find something good—keep you posted!
A literary magazine published in a place you’re visiting this year.
A literary magazine published within 250 miles of where you live.
A literary magazine published targeting a marginalized group.
literary magazine published by a university.
Almost a wild card, isn’t it?
A literary magazine not published by a university.
Also almost a wild card!
stories published as a complete collection, not stories in magazines or other books.
I’m fascinated by a collection of short stories that isn’t a previously published collection.
A genre magazine currently in print.
Aliens, detectives, or…?
A themed series or anthology series.
When you got a good thing going…
A collection edited, authored, or themed by a minority group.
So many to choose from!
A collection in translation.
Fun Fact: My mom took a lot of Russian literature in college! A hint?
A collection edited by a literary magazine.
What are your favorite lit mag’s favorites?