We're delighted to present the shortlisted stories from this year's RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus.

Here, we present the shortlisted story, Kamikaze by Aingeala Flannery - you can hear Aingeala's story, read by Kathy Rose O’Brien, above.

A young Irish woman tries to shed her skin during a filthy hot New York summer. She has to hustle for what she wants, but does she have the smarts to stay out of trouble?

About The Author: Aingeala Flannery worked for many years as a broadcast and print journalist before turning her hand to fiction in 2017. Since then she has been shortlisted for awards including the Sunday Business Post / Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition and the Doolin Writer's Weekend Competition. She was a finalist in Novel Fair 2018 at the Irish Writer's Centre. Her story The Court Order will be published in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2018. She lives in Dublin