The Centre for Quantum Technologies has made an announcement about a call for entries to the Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition. The competition is open to stories up to 1000 words long drawing inspiration from quantum physics and it should include the phrase "There are only two possibilities: yes or no". The competition, offering prizes of up to US $1500, is free to enter.
It takes colossal imagination to wrap your head around quantum physics and dream up new technologies. Who better to explore these ideas than writers of fiction? I’m excited to judge the entries to Quantum Shorts again this year.
Artur Ekert, Director, CQT
CQT is the organizer of Quantum Shorts, which has alternated between annual calls for fiction and short films since 2012. Media partners for the competition are Scientific American, the longest constantly published magazine in the U.S., and Nature, the global weekly journal of science.
Scientific partners in five countries also support the 2017 Quantum Shorts competition. The scientific partners include the Australian Research Council Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems; the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada; the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech in the United States; the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging; and QuTech in the Netherlands, a collaboration between Dutch innovation Centre TNO and Delft University of Applied Sciences.
Renowned judges including Scientists and Authors will select the runner-ups and winners in two categories, Youth and Open. The public will be given a chance to vote in order to decide the People's Choice Prize from entries that are shortlisted across the two categories. All shortlisted entries will collect awards along with a one-year digital subscription to ScientificAmerican.com. Additionally, winners will receive a trophy and cash prizes. Further, the winner of the Open category will be featured on ScientificAmerican.com.