Limp Wrist is off to a great start in 2021. Its Dolly tribute issue, co-edited by Dustin Brookshire & Julie E. Bloemeke, is live. (Click here if you want watch the recording of the Wild & Precious Life Series featuring writers from Limp Wrist's Dolly issue.) Limp Wrist's spring issue will go live in April and the fall issue in October.  Oh! & there is going to be a submission call for a special issue dedicated to villanelles that will be co-edited by Dustin Brookshire and Beth Gylys and published over the summer.  Details forthcoming.  On to the exciting news!

Limp Wrist launches the Glitter Bomb Award (AKA an annual poetry contest).  The award is for one outstanding poem by a poet of any stage of her/his/their career.  The Glitter Bomb Award is a contest with no entry fee that is open to LGBTQ/non-binary poets and their allies.


Limp Wrist founder/editor Dustin Brookshire will serve as the initial reviewer narrowing contest entries to 10 finalists.  Pulitzer Prize finalist Dorianne Laux will serve as the final judge of the inaugural Glitter Bomb Award.   Laux will select a winner and two honorable mentions.   The winner will receive:

  • a cash prize of $500

  • publication of his/her/their winning poem in the spring 2021 issue of Limp Wrist

  • a feature spot in the Wild & Precious Life Series

  • a feature spot in Kai Coggin’s Wednesday Night Poetry series.


Each honorable mention will be awarded a cash prize of $50 and have their poems published in the spring 2021 issue of Limp Wrist.



  • Former or current students, in the academic or workshop setting,  of Dorianne Laux should refrain from entering the contest. 

  • There is no fee for Limp Wrist’s contest.  Poets may submit one entry.

  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the majority of the poem is in English.

  • Entries must be the original work of the author; therefore, translations are not eligible. 

  • There is a page requirement per poem/submission. A submission may include 3 poems with each poem being a max of 2 pages and a submission being a max of 6 pages.  Please submit all your poems in one document. Save your submission with a file name of your first and last name + Glitter Bomb Award.  For example, my entry would be named "Dustin Brookshire Glitter Bomb Award."

  • All submissions should be sent via email to with a subject line of “Glitter Bomb Award.”

  • The poems must not have been previously published online or in print to be eligible. This includes being published in blogs or on social media.

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please respond to your contest submission email letting us know if any of your contest entries are accepted for publication elsewhere.

  • A bio of 80 words or less may be included in the body of your email; however, please do not put your bio or any identifying information in your contest submission.  The final contest judge will read  entries blind.

  • In the body of your email in include a statement identifying as a LGBTQ/non-binary poet or an ally.

  • Review Limp Wrist’s homosexual agenda for additional information.

  • Contest closes on Sunday, February 28, 2021




The 2021 Glitter Bomb Award is made possible because of the generosity of three anonymous benefactors, Julie E. Bloemeke, Dustin Brookshire, Judy Ireland, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, & CJ Wilson-Cravey.


About the Judge:

Dorianne Laux’s sixth collection, Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of AwakeWhat We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.