The Galley Beggar Press
Short Story Prize 2018/19


Classic Stories No. 9:
ELEY WILLIAMS, ‘Alight at the next’

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 Eley Williams’s ‘Alight at the next’, chosen by GBP Short Story Prize judge Jonathan Gibbs. Jonathan writes: ‘I'm slightly wary of recommending Eley's writing in the preamble to a writing competiton. She has made such a huge, immediate impact on the literary scene that there's a risk new writers are going to be falling over themselves to imitate her. No chance - her roiling, rising, dipping-and-diving poetical style, full of love of words and love of life, is a marvel, and hers alone. This story makes me want to dance with glee.’

You can read ‘Alight at the next’ here.

An interview with Eley can be found here.

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