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Prizes /Recognition

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Poetry Prizes

Shortlisted , Corinium Poetry Competition, April 2015

Highly Commended, Gregory O’Donoghue International  Poetry  Competition, January 2015, 2014, 2013   CLICK HERE

Winner Exiled Writers Ink Competition, 2014

Longlisted for the Erbacce Prize, June 2014

Highly Commended, Compas Poetry Competition, University of Oxford, Dec 2013. CLICK HERE

Shortlisted for the Live Canon International Poetry Competition, Nov 2013, (performed at the Greenwich Theatre by Live Canon).

Winner – Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize, Oct 2013.

Honourable Mention - New Writer Poetry Competition 2012. (Announced March 2013).

Shortlisted for the Border Writers Forum Poetry Competition,  UK, June 2012.

Shortlisted for the Erbacce Poetry Prize,  UK, June 2012.

Prize Winner, Journeys Competition, Sampad, UK, 2010

Highly Commended in Muse India  Poetry Competition, 2008.

Highly  Commended in the Echoes of Gilgamesh   Poetry Competition, Glasgow, Scotland, May/June 2005.

Second Prize, Ottakar's and Faber Poetry Competition, Isle of Man, 2003.

Second Prize, Olive Lamming Memorial Poetry Competition, Department of Education, Isle of Man, 2003.

Regional Winner, Ottakar's and Faber Poetry Competition, Isle of Man, 2002.

Shortlisted for the Kent Arts and Literary Competition, 1999.

Usha’s  short story “Dowry” was shortlisted for the Asham Award, a major UK literary award for women, in 2005 and subsequently published in The Edinburgh Review, 2006.


Usha’s poem “Song of Medusa” – featured in   the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, Glos. April 2015

Usha  was invited to launch the anthology, My Dreams are no Different, Isle of Man, Oct 2014 - CLICK HERE

Usha’s poem “Little Mother” was “Poem of the Week”, in The Missing Slate, July 2014.  

Lines from On Manannan’s Isle”  - featured in Mail Travel – CLICK HERE

Isle of Man Soap Company created a soap  called Manannan’s cloak based  on Usha’s poem, “On Manannan’s Isle.”