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(No) Regrets

Reveal your most embarrassing stories and cringeworthy moments.

Prizes

First place:
$5,000
Second place:
$2,500
Third place:
$1,000

Status

Completed

Timeline

Submissions opened

Mar 24, 2021

Submissions closed

Apr 28, 2021 3:59 AM CUT

Results

May 11, 2021

Prizes

First place:
$5,000
Second place:
$2,500
Third place:
$1,000

Status

Completed

Timeline

Submissions opened

Mar 24, 2021

Submissions closed

Apr 28, 2021 3:59 AM CUT

Results

May 11, 2021

About this challenge

Whether it's accidentally sending an embarrassing text message to the wrong person or mistaking a random car for an Uber, we've all made a complete fool out of ourselves at some point in our lives. Those uncomfortable experiences are universal, and we've all got a story or situation that makes us wince any time we think about it. But don't beat yourself up about it! Even if that instant was dreadfully awkward, it's time to let it go—that's why we've launched our newest community, Confessions, home to romantic fails, workplace drama, childish pranks, revelations, and all shades of cringe.

One of the best ways to move past certain distressing memories in life is by talking about them. So, enter the (No) Regrets Challenge and come clean by sharing your most embarrassing stories with us—those moments that still pop into your head to haunt you as you're trying to fall asleep. Did you forget to mute yourself on Zoom as you gossiped about your professor? Or say something unbelievably embarrassing to your crush at a middle school dance that you still think about ten years later? It can be a mistake you've made and hate talking about, a silly drunk thing you said to a college hookup that you can't get out of your head. We all have those moments from the past that come back to haunt us when we least expect them—and they can be a lot of fun to share. Whatever story you haven't fessed up to yet because you cringe at the thought, we want to hear it. Reveal your most cringeworthy memories so we can laugh about them together, with absolutely no regrets.

Judges

Judged by co-host of Oops the Podcast: A podcast that examines the mistakes that change the trajectory of people’s lives—the bad decisions, the aftermath, the path to redemption, and all things in between.

How to enter

For your story to be eligible, it must be between 600 and 5,000 words and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Stories published on Vocal and entered into the contest up until April 27, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.

The (No) Regrets Challenge is exclusive to Vocal+ members. To learn more and upgrade to Vocal+ visit https://vocal.media/vocal-plus.

To be eligible to win the grand prize, second place, or third place prizes, you must be over the age of 13 and residing in a country where Stripe is available at the time of entry. A complete list of countries where Stripe is available can be found here—winners will need to have a Stripe account created and connected in order to receive the prizes. For this reason, entrants located outside of any of these countries will not be eligible to win.

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