The Galley Beggar Press
Short Story Prize 2018/19

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Classic Stories No. 7:
CHRIS POWER, ‘The crossing’

AS WE ENTER THE FINAL TWO WEEKS OF THE GBP Short Story Prize 2018/19, we’ll be posting recommendations from our judges of short stories (both classic and contemporary) for readers and entrants to access freely.

Today, here is Chris Power’s ‘The crossing’, chosen by GBP Short Story Prize judge Jonathan Gibbs. Jonathan writes: ‘Not actually the best story in Chris's debut collection Mothers, but this one is online, and it packs the same kind of punch you find elsewhere in the book. It's an ‘old-fashioned’ short story, with ‘proper’ characters, a plot that trots along before careering appallingly out of control, and an awful sense that the reader is implicated in what has gone on - that if only you stepped in when you could have, you could have made everything right. This story makes me want to punch the author.’

You can read ‘The crossing’ here.

A Guardian podcast with Chris, talking about what makes a good short story, can be found here.

To learn more about this year’s prize, head here.