Every other month, Writer's Digest presents a creative challenge for fun and prizes. We'll provide a short, open-ended prompt. In turn, you'll submit a short story of 750 words or fewer based on that prompt. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. The winner will receive publication in an upcoming issue of Writer's Digest. The theme for the current contest is:
Your Story #23: First Date Bizarreness
Something bizarre occurs at the table next to a couple on their first date.
Deadline for contest #23 is 01/10/2010
You'll find all the information you need at this link.
There's also a recent Your Story winners link there. It's helpful to read those. You have an insight then into what the judges liked before.