mon08janAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedQuantum Shorts - Flash FictionCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count1000 Top Prize$1500

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Writers, gear up for our last chapter! Quantum Shorts returns with a final open call for flash fiction. The contest is free to enter and is accepting submissions until 8 January 2024.

The challenge for writers is this: craft a story no longer than 1000 words that takes inspiration from quantum physics. The story must also incorporate the phrase “nobody said this was going to be easy”.

The phrase comes from a quantum researcher in “Helping Hands”, the last story to claim first prize in Quantum Shorts. In that story by Cora Valderas, the researcher was grappling with the unexpected outcomes of an experiment. Writers may empathise as they plot about the trials and tribulations of building quantum devices or the complexities and uncertainties that govern the quantum world.

Those who put the hard work in stand a chance to win prizes. On standby are a First Prize of USD 1500, a Runner Up prize of USD 1000 and a People’s Choice prize of USD 500. Up to ten shortlisted entries will also win a USD 100 shortlist prize and a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American.

We are keen to encourage quality submissions, so suggest writers to check their stories before submitting using Prowritingaid. They have free and paid versions and are the best writing software we know to help improve grammar, readability and check for repetition, ‘sticky’ sentences and suggest alternatives.

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