The Galley Beggar Press
Short Story Prize 2017/18


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Classic Stories no. 2:
DENIS JOHNSON, ‘Work’

ONCE A WEEK, and while submissions are open for the GBP Short Story Prize 2017/18, we’ll be posting a short story for our friends and entrants to access freely.

The second story is Denis Johnson’s ‘Work’, chosen by GBP Short Story Prize judge and Galley Beggar co-director Sam Jordison. Of his choice, Sam writes: “‘Work’ is sad, it’s funny, it’s surprising. It contains astonishing imagery. There are moments of revelation and clarity that feel like the world being born. It’s very good, in other words.”

‘Work’ was published in The New Yorker in 1988, and you can listen to Donald Antrim reading the story here.

Alternatively, ‘Work’ is available to read here.

Scroll down to find more of our judges’ classic story selections.