We challenge you to turn science fact into fiction: send us a quantum-inspired short story for a chance to win prizes!
Reading is always a good prelude to writing. As well as browsing the more than hundred entries so far, you can check out our six featured stories by established writers and authors.
The Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition is now closed to new entries. Thanks for the fantastic response! We've received an incredible collection of quantum-inspired stories. Please enjoy reading the stories on the site while we process the deluge of last-minute entries and begin the difficult job of choosing a shortlist. Make sure you're on our mailing list if you want to receive updates.
Quantum physics is a crazy theory but every experiment done so far backs it up: the world really is a crazy place. Particles can be in more than one place at the same time and quantum computers really could solve in a flash problems that make today’s supercomputers stumble. Even teleportation isn’t science fiction. But fiction is what we asked for. After last year’s Quantum Shorts film competition drew some fantastic short films, this year we wanted stories.
We asked you to take inspiration from quantum theory to write flash fiction: a short story no longer than 1000 words. We didn't need it full of explano-babble, weird science or quantum powered-gadgets: as long as it is engaging, and clearly linked to some aspect of the quantum world, we’ve accepted it. Visit our inspiration pages to explore where some of the ideas come from.