I took part in my first Writer's Weekly 24 Hour Short Story Contest today. The deal is you are given a topic and a word count at the start of the contest and you have to write an original story that adheres to both of these requirements within the 24 hour period of the contest. It is limited to 500 contestants and there is a small entry fee of $5. The competitions are run quarterly and there are 85 prizes up for grabs including money and publication. It is a bit of fun and something that stretches the creative muscles. The next contest starts on 27th September.