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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 LGBTQIA+/non-binary poets and their allies.


Limp Wrist founder/editor Dustin Brookshire will serve as the initial reviewer narrowing contest entries to 10 finalists. Two poems from each finalist's submission packet will be sent to the final judge.   Diane Seuss will serve as the final judge of the 2023 GBA.   Seuss 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


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 Diane Seuss 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 recipients 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 + 2023 Glitter Bomb Award.  For example, Jane Smith's entry would be "Jane Smith 2023 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 include your bio or any identifying information in your contest submission.  The final contest judge will read  entries blind.

  • Poets must identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or non-binary or an ally. This must be noted on the Submittable submission form.

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

  • Contest closes at 11:59pm (EST) on Thursday, May 11, 2023.




The 2023 Glitter Bomb Award is made possible because of the generosity of one anonymous and Dustin Brookshire.


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:

Diane Seuss (she/her) is the author of five books of poetry. Her most recent collection is frank: sonnets (Graywolf Press 2021), winner of the PEN/Voelcker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and the Pulitzer Prize. Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, (Graywolf Press 2018) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her sixth collection, Modern Poetry, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2024. Seuss is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. She received the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2021. She will be the Mohr Visiting Poet at Stanford University in Spring, 2023. Seuss was raised by a single mother in rural Michigan, which she continues to call home.

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