Westport native Hugo Kelly is among 10 writers from almost 2,800 entries to be shortlisted for the RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus.

In his story 'We Must All be Kind’, an isolated man, still grieving the loss of his parents, ruffles feathers on his work Zoom calls by dressing outlandishly.

Hugo lives in Galway where he works as a librarian in NUIG.

He has won a number of prizes for his stories, including the Cúirt Writing Award, and has twice been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards.

His work has been published in the Stinging Fly and broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4.

The shortlisted stories for the competition were selected by the judges Lucy Caldwell, Declan Hughes and Lisa McInerney and the winning author will receive €3,000.

All 10 will be broadcast from Monday the 27th of September to Friday the 8th of October, starting with the winning story.

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