The mathematics of quantum theory associates each quantum object with a wavefunction that appears in the Schrödinger equation and gives the probability of finding it in any given state.

The Quantum Shorts competition received over 500 entries! Picking a shortlist was always going to be tough, but our job was made even harder by there being so many brilliant stories to choose from. We were variously moved, amused, enthralled, shocked, inspired and informed by the writing that came our way. The stories took inspiration from quantum physics in some surprising ways.

We’ve got some great stories in our shortlists (we had to leave out some great ones too). You can find our ten picks from the international category and five picks for each of the student categories in the tabs below. Don’t forget that while our judges do their deliberating, you can also vote for your favourite from the international shortlist!

Please note that you must cast your vote through the poll at the bottom of this page for it to count towards deciding the People's Choice prize. The poll only allows you to pick one story. You are welcome to assign star ratings too, to as many stories as you like, but these ratings are not considered in the prize-awarding process