This year's contest has more prizes than ever before, with awards for everyone who makes the shortlist. Up to ten stories will be shortlisted in each of the Youth and Open categories. Our expert judges will select winners and runners up, and readers will have their say in deciding the People's Choice prize by online vote.  

Shortlisted entrants will win...

  • A US $100 award
  • A one-year digital subscription to Scientific American
  • A certificate

Winners will receive...

  • An engraved Quantum Shorts trophy
  • Original digital artwork to illustrate their story
  • Cash prizes:

Open Category: Runner up: US $1000 | First prize: US $1500 
Youth Category: Runner up: US $100 | First prize: US $500 
People's choice: US $500

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. No superpositions! (Sorry, we couldn't resist.)