Become A Cryptic Crossword Writer
We are currently looking for some new, talented crossword writers to create puzzles for the Wordy Puzzle website.
In particular, we are in search of some new cryptic crossword writers. If you are a budding cryptic puzzle writer, then here's what we are looking for:
- Cryptic crosswords on a 13x13 grid pattern of your choosing, as long as the grid is standardly symmetrical, with no isolated grid areas, and at least every other letter checked in the grid: meaning that there are never more than two consecutive squares in an answer that are not in both an across and a down run. This is important as it makes the answers a little easier to find and also reduces the chance of multiple solutions.
Puzzles can be of easy, medium or hard difficulty, but every clue must be of a valid cryptic type, with a clear, single answer. Every word in the clue must contribute towards the answer in some way, and lead to a single unambiguous answer. You should use British English spelling and avoid using the names of any living people in your answers.
Whether you are new to cryptics or are an experienced cryptic crossword writer, then please do get in touch with us via our Contact Us page and we will send full submission guidelines. Please note that we will only choose a selection of puzzles submitted, and may require you to make changes to your puzzles or will edit them ourselves as necessary in order to improve the clues, should such changes be warranted.
Any puzzles that are chosen will be published and credited to yourself as the writer, so you'll need to sort out your cryptic name. When we have enough material, we hope to publish cryptic crosswords on a weekly basis here at Wordy Puzzle, to further enhance the fantastic selection of word puzzles on offer to our word-puzzle loving audience.
We look forward to hearing from any budding cryptic crosswords out there looking for the opportunity to have their puzzles published here at Wordy Puzzle. When you contact us, please do let us know of any prior experience you have had with cryptic crosswords, for instance any publications that currently publish your work or have done so in the past, although we are happy to hear from new authors too.
Date written: 15 May 2015
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