Three winning entries in the Quantum Shorts 2021 flash fiction competition were announced April 5. Quantum short stories are no longer than 1000 words, and the contest entries were required to contain the phrase “it’s a lot to think about”.
The winners are available to read at the links.
- “Helping Hands” by Cora Valderas (USA)
- “Quantum et Circenses” by Sabrina Patsch (Germany)
Judges Chad Orzel, George Musser, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, José Ignacio Latorre, Lindy Orthia, Mariia Mykhailova and Tania De Rozario selected these two winners from the shortlist of ten quantum-inspired stories. There also was an online public vote for a third prize-winner.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE
- “Better, Faster, Stronger, Lonelier” by Álvaro Buendía (Spain)
First prize comes with a $1500 cash award. The runner-up wins $1,000, and the author of the People’s Choice gets $500. A one-year Scientific American digital subscription is also awarded to all finalists.