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MEET THE JUDGES - Dagne Forrest - Poetry




MEET THE JUDGES of our 2022 Hammond House Publishing International Literary Prize


Dagne Forrest is one of this year's judges for our Poetry category.


Dagne Forrest is a Canadian poet who came to poetry in midlife after her children were grown and she'd spent twenty-five years working first in the philanthropic sector, and then in marketing and website development.





Dagne's poetry has appeared in journals in Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK. In 2021 she was one of 15 poets featured in The League of Canadian Poets’ annual Poem in Your Pocket campaign, had a poem shortlisted for the UK's Bridport Prize, and was longlisted in the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition. It was also the year she won 1st prize in the poetry category of the Hammond House Publishing International Literary Prize and she’s delighted to be acting as a judge for the competition in 2022.


Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in journals as diverse as December Magazine, Prism International, The Ekphrastic Review, Prime Number Magazine, Fenland Poetry Journal, Unlost Journal, SWWIM Every Day, Sky Island Journal, and Lake Effect.


In 2022 Dagne joined the editorial team of Painted Bride Quarterly, one of the longest running literary magazines in the United States, and also became part of its Slush Pile podcast team.


Commenting on the judging process for the Hammond House Publishing poetry competition, Dagne said:

“As someone new to judging a contest, but very familiar with the editorial review process, the Hammond House process has been a great one to step into. The judging process is extremely well organized. The contest itself is a wonderful opportunity for any emerging poet, providing an opportunity for recognition and encouragement in those early years when it can be very hard going. Hammond House fills a very important niche for emerging poets and I’d love to see it become even more widely known.”


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