One or more characters misunderstand an important communication of some kind. The type of communication does not matter--only that the character(s) notice/receive it and misunderstand it.
The prizes are $140, $100, and $70. All entries must be between 1000-5000 words and must be in by May 30th.
Two other contests are closing in the next week or so. The Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Contest ends March 13th, and the Shady Side Review Postcard Contest ends March 17th. This contest is for poetry and prose under 100 words, to be featured on a postcard. The winner receives 20% of the entry fees ($1 per entry) plus 10 postcards featuring their work.
This month, Bruce Ross is the featured poet over at Mann Library's Daily Haiku. On Blogging Along Tobacco Road, you can read the "Three Questions" interview with poet Hilary Tann. And the new issue of Sketchbook (February 2010) is now online, featuring plenty of haiku, tanka, and haibun.