What do you stand to win? We're offering five prizes across the contest's two categories, Open and Youth. Our judges will decide first prize and runner up from a shortlist of up to ten stories in each category, and you can help decide the People's Choice prize in a public vote on the shortlists.

All winners will receive...

  • An engraved Quantum Shorts trophy
  • A one-year digital subscription to Scientific American
  • A certificate
  • Original digital artwork to illustrate their story

In addition, we'll be awarding these cash prizes...

  • Open Category, First prize: US $1500
  • Open Category, Runner up: US $1000
  • Youth Category, First prize: US $500
  • Youth Category, Runner up: US $100
  • People’s choice: US $1000

Good luck!

Note that if you are eligible for the youth category but prefer to compete in the open category, that's allowed, but you have to choose one or the other.