Announcing the winner of our quantum haiku challenge

Did you win our haiku challenge? 

All in all, we received over 100 haiku entries in this quantum challenge. Thank you for all who participated!


The winning entry came from Igor Teper from the United States of America (see below). Igor has won a one-year digital subscription to Scientific American. Congratulations, Igor!

I'm in two places at once.
You are in neither.

- Igor Teper

Igor's bio: The story that quantum physics tells about the world is so utterly strange, and yet more than a century of clever and beautiful experiments shows that it's also true. Quantum physics has fascinated me ever since I first learned about it, and is largely what drew me to my career as a physicist. I currently work at a company that develops sensors based on the quantum-mechanical properties of atoms--I like to say that I teach old atoms new tricks at temperatures near absolute zero. I'm also a writer of fiction, poetry, and science essays. For more about me and my writing, you can check out

Highly commended

Our judges shortlisted some additional haiku entries, which were too wonderful to pass up.

Wave function collapse—
the last cherry blossom lands
as she says I do.

- Stewart Baker

Observer, observed
A quantum dance of equals
Yet we disagree

- James Meyers

September evening:
Sunlight lingers on the lake
Neutrinos pass through

- Robert Dawson

Red breast’s guide home,
Quantum entanglement, is it
something in the eyes?

- Samantha Renda

Quantum mechanics
Can only be understood
With uncertainty.

- Jeff Haas

Feeling inspired?

Don't forget that the main competition Quantum Shorts will continue to run through to December 1, 2015. Make sure you check out these resources for great information on all things quantum. 

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.