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The winners

We've announced the winners of our competition for quantum-inspired flash fiction - go read the six prize-winning stories!

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The results!

Our judges have picked the best of the best entries to the Quantum Shorts competition for quantum-inspired flash fiction, and we've got prizes for six fantastic stories.

To see the full list of winners and to read what the judges had to say about the winning stories, go to our announcement page.

As a preview, we're thrilled to announce that first prize in the Open International category goes to “The Knight of Infinity”. This story also claims the People’s Choice award, with 46% of the vote in our public poll on the shortlist.

We hope you've enjoyed reading the Quantum Shorts stories as much as we have! We want to say a big thank you to all the writers who entered the competition. We received over 500 entries, which took inspiration from the quantum world in many weird and wonderful ways. 

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By Aaron Rosario Jeyaraj
November 29, 2013
4.375
And so, I stepped into the machine, and it closed around me...
By Bartłomiej Foryś
November 30, 2013
3
There's so many ways that pick-up moment can go wrong - but one where it goes right
By Rex Bromfield
November 5, 2013
4.26087
Bethany is far too curious for her science teacher's liking
By Robin Bullard
November 30, 2013
4.82353
The professor's cat has only one question: what lies in the wide world beyond these walls?
By Jordan Yates
November 22, 2013
4.4375
It happened every time Michael's birthday came around...
By Shadab Hafiz Choudhury
December 1, 2013
2
"My name is Alpha, and I am the first Artificial Intelligence made from quantum computing......
By Michael Svehla
November 30, 2013
4.214285
Larry the sentient robot is here to observe the destiny of Earth - but he's about to intervene...

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