My parents were omnivorous readers and among the magazines that came into our house via subscription was Reader's Digest. Don't mock, your parents probably had a subscription to Reader's Digest too. It sat in the bathroom more often than on the coffee table with Time and Newsweek and EQMM, and Family Circle and McCalls. Long before USA Today mastered the art of the micro-article, they offered short, pithy articles on every topic under the sun. (For some reason I seem to remember a lot of stories about plucky survivors of animal attacks, but that might just be selective memory.)
Reader's Digest is hosting a "Your Life" contest in which the best 150-word story posted on their Facebook page will win $25,000 and publication. Deadline is November 1st. Details here.