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Limp Wrist's Glitter Bomb Award  (GBA) is an annual poetry contest.  The award is for one outstanding poem by a poet of any stage of her/his/their career.  The GBA 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. Each finalist's submission packet will be reviewed by the final judge.   Denise Duhamel will serve as the final judge of the 2022 GBA.   Duhamel will select a winner and three honorable mentions.   The winner will receive:

  • a cash prize of $600

  • publication of his/her/their winning poem in an issue of Limp Wrist

  • a feature spot in the Wild & Precious Life Series

  • subscriptions* to Poets & Writers and RFD.


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



  • Former or current students, friends, and relatives of Denise Duhamel should refrain from entering.

  • Friends and relatives of Limp Wrist's editor should refrain from entering.

  • Previous recipients of the GBA should refrain from submitting for three years from their award year. Previous finalists and honorable mention recipient may submit.

  • There is no fee for the GBA. Poets may only 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 + 2022 Glitter Bomb Award.  For example, Jane Smith's entry would be "Jane Smith 2022 Glitter Bomb Award."

  • All submissions must be uploaded to Submittable. No entries will be accepted via email. (A Submittable button is at the bottom of this page.)

  • 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 notify us via Submittable if any of your contest entries are accepted for publication elsewhere.

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

  • Poets must identify as LGBTQ+ and/or non-binary poet or an ally on the Submittable submission form.

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

  • Contest closes on Thursday, March 24, 2022.




The 2022 Glitter Bomb Award is made possible because of the generosity of one anonymous benefactor, Sibille Allgayer, Julie E. Bloemeke, Dustin Brookshire, Beth Gylys, Danielle Lemay, Devon Turner, & Jennifer Wheelock.

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:

Denise Duhamel's (she/her) most recent books of poetry are Second Story; Scald; and Blowout, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching!; Two and Two; Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems; The Star-Spangled Banner; and Kinky. She and Maureen Seaton have co-authored four poetry collections, the most recent of which is CAPRICE (Collaborations: Collected, Uncollected, and New). Her collaboration with FIU Professor Julie Marie Wade, The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, was published by Noctuary Press in 2019. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as the guest editor is for The Best American Poetry 2013.

*Subscription fees are paid by Limp Wrist.

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