My Big Mistake: We Want Your Stories

The deadline to submit stories has been extended to September 30th!

This Really Happened, the popular nonfiction storytelling series, is coming back to WordFest. The event will be held at The Club at The Banff Centre, on Saturday October 18th.

We’re looking for stories on the theme of My Big Mistake. Tell us about the screw-ups, snafus, and blunders that changed your life: the boyfriend you broke up with who was really “the One,” the friendship test you got completely wrong, or the time you misplaced the decimal point with catastrophic consequences.

GeorgiaWebber_TRH_MyBigMistake_v2TEXT All stories are told without notes and are meant to be told in an intimate and casual way.

To submit, please send us a summary of the story you wish to tell as well as a brief description of who you are. The summaries are for selection purposes only and not intended for the audience, so don’t keep any surprises to yourself! You do not need to be a seasoned performer—you just need to have a good story to tell.

Selections lean heavily towards well-developed narrative with insight—it’s called This Really Happened because something should have happened. We also want to know: What was the story ultimately about? What is the meaning of what happened? Were the main characters transformed in any way? Stories do not need to be funny (though funny is good), but keep in mind this is for a live audience.

Stories should be a maximum of 6 minutes long.

If you are interested in telling a story, please submit your story summary to:

Listen to audio from past events: