$4,000 Flash Fiction Writing Contest – Quantum Shorts

The 2021 Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Competition is now open to submissions. The contest, hosted by the Centre for Quantum Technologies and the National University of Singapore, is open to stories up to 1,000 words that are inspired by quantum physics.

This year, they’re offering a $1,500 first-place prize, a $1,000 runner’s up prize, a $500 people’s choice prize, and ten $100 honorable mention prizes. That adds up to a total prize purse of $4,000.

According to the call for entries:

Like the universe follows physical laws, the contest has rules too. Entries must take inspiration from quantum physics and be no longer than 1000 words. The stories must also include the phrase “it’s a lot to think about”. This phrase was taken from Fine Print, first prize winner in the 2019/2020 edition of Quantum Shorts by C. R. Long. 

Writers have their pick of issues and topics to ponder: from what quantum mechanics says about reality to breakthroughs in computing and communication technologies, or the ethical decisions that society will face as quantum science progresses, such as who has access to powerful new technologies and what they are used for. 

The deadline to enter the contest is December 16th, 2021. Anyone 13 years or older is allowed to join the contest.

To learn more, visit the contest website here.

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