Quantum Shorts

QuantIC is UK Scientific Partner for the Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition

QuantIC is pleased to announce a call for entries to the Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition. The competition is open to stories up to 1000 words long that take inspiration from quantum physics and include the phrase “There are only two possibilities: yes or no”. The competition is free to enter, offering prizes of up to US $1500.

Professor Miles Padgett, Principal Investigator of QuantIC said, “QuantIC is delighted to be UK Scientific Partner again for this international competition and we’re excited to see what new ideas might pop up that could one day become quantum technologies of the future.”

The Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore is the organiser of Quantum Shorts, which has alternated between annual calls for short films and fiction since 2012. Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., and Nature, the international weekly journal of science, are media partners for the competition.

The 2017 Quantum Shorts competition is also supported by scientific partners in five countries. The scientific partners are 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; and QuTech in the Netherlands, a collaboration between Delft University of Applied Sciences and Dutch innovation centre TNO. QuantIC is the Scientific Partner in the UK.

Eminent judges including authors and scientists will select the winners and runner-ups in two categories, Open and Youth. The public will also vote to decide the People’s Choice Prize from entries shortlisted across both categories. All shortlisted entries will collect awards including a one-year digital subscription to ScientificAmerican.com. Winners will receive in addition a trophy and cash prizes. The winner of the Open category will also be featured on ScientificAmerican.com.

Submissions to Quantum Shorts 2017 can be entered via the website at shorts.quantumlah.org, which also features resources on quantum physics and a full set of rules and guidelines.

The deadline for entries is 23:59 GMT, 1 December 2017.


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