How to Enter

Do you have a story for us? This page is here to give you an overview of our contest guidelines and the mechanics of entering. Please make sure you read the contest's official rules too.


Step 1: Create an account on this website.

Step 2: Go to the submit page and type or paste your story into the entry box. You can enter a short bio too. There are a few checkboxes you need to review and then you click submit - that’s it!

Step 3: Be patient. All entries to the Quantum Shorts competition are moderated, so it may take a few days for your story to appear on the website.


Requirements for your story

  • The story must be inspired by quantum physics.
  • The story can be no longer than 1000 words and must be in English.
  • The story must be 100% original and you must agree to share it under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license - that means you stay the copyright holder, but we and anyone else are free to reproduce it as long as you’re credited.
  • Your story should not contain material that is inappropriate in any way. As well as avoiding content that could break laws, keep in mind that we want our website to be suitable for a general audience (think no more than than PG-13 rated).
  • Note that we reserve the right not to publish any entries we deem unsuitable.

Rules on eligiblity

  • You can enter from any country.
  • You must be age 13 or over as of the date of entry.
  • You can enter more than one story.
  • You can enter stories that have already been published - if they were first published in 2015 and they meet all the requirements above
  • The competition has two categories: Open and Youth. You must choose one category to compete in by ticking the relevant checkbox on the submission form. 
  • The Youth category is open only to entrants age 18 or under at the time of entry. Proof of age will be required if your story is shortlisted.
  • Members of the judging panel and people connected with the competition Organizer, Media partners or Scientific Partners are not eligible to enter.



  • The competition will be accepting entries until 11:59pm EST on 1 December 2015. That's the deadline!
  • Shortlists will be announced by 16 December.
  • Public voting for the People’s Choice award will run from 16 December to 12 January.
  • Winners will be informed and announced in January 2016. The judges’ decisions are final.

Read the full rules here.