We are running two competitions; based in Leicester but open to any writer resident in the UK. The idea is to write a piece of flash-fiction (a story of 500 words or fewer) or a poem where the theme involves physics or has a physicist as a character. Full rules are available but the essentials are:
• There must be physics or a physicist involved – you can check in advance by emailing
• Entries and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
• One entry per person per competition (flash-fiction and poetry)
• Closing date: 31st October 2017
• Prizes: 1st place £100, 2nd place £75, 3rd place £50
Ideas for physicist characters:
Maybe it could be a real physicist. Some aspect of their life or work? Or maybe an entirely imagined event?
Perhaps use a fictional physicist making a discovery or inventing something. Or maybe he or she has solved some problem.
It could be a group of scientists working at a facility such as CERN or an Antarctic base.
A real life physics-related event could provide a backdrop
Maybe a utopia brought about by technology or a dystopia due to radiation or nuclear weapons
Environments such as space, the deep sea, heavenly bodies or the world of the very small
Perhaps you would like to change a law of physics and see what happens
It could relate to work in labs or international facilities such as CERN or the International Space Station