Inspiration

Maybe you're a writer looking to be inspired by quantum physics. Maybe you are a physicist making a first stab at flash fiction. Maybe you are neither but you've got a bright imagination. Whoever you are, whatever your background, you can start here. We've pulled together some resources to help you write a short story that borrows from the riches of physics.

What's this quantum schmantum?

For a quick introduction to the quantum world, we present our Quantum A to Z. You can also read what famous physicists have said about this famously puzzling physics theory. If you're after more depth, check out our recommendations for popular science books and longer articles. And for the very latest quantum news, see what our media partner Scientific American is reporting.

Help me focus!

Overwhelmed with ideas or don't know where to start? We've come up with a few possible themes for your quantum flash fiction, from spookiness to 'lab-lit'. You don't have to fill your story with physics lingo - our judges might like reading a romance that just happens to take place in a quantum physics lab! Take a look at our suggestions to see if they help you settle on a storyline.

How do I write flash fiction?

All good stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, don't they? Well... in our writing resources, we point you towards some guides for writing short stories that recommend breaking some of the rules.

Other questions?

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