We’re all collectors of misadventure merit badges — those important life lessons we learn when things go sideways. I’d love to hear about your blunderful experiences and what they taught you!

To submit a story, fill out the form below. And each month, I’ll feature a selection of them here on Badge of Awesome.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Shorter is better. Try to keep your submission under 750 words.
  • Your submission should be a true story (i.e., not fiction).
  • Profound is great, but avoid getting too heavy. As a humour site, we’re looking for stories that may not have been funny at the time but can be laughed at in hindsight.
  • Be sure to include a little life lesson about what the experience taught you. For inspiration, check out other stories on the site.
  • Great stories don’t require exotic locations. Everyday misadventures make great fodder for submissions.

Although we review every submission, not every story will be published on Badge of Awesome. However, by submitting your story, you’re agreeing to let us publish it on this website. And if we do feature it, we’ll be sure to send you a link!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at joshmartinink@gmail.com.

Story submission form

Looking for inspiration? Check out these other stories.