Announcing the 2018 Crossword Hobbyist Crossword Scholarship!

Crossword scholarship

It’s no secret that, at BrightSprout, we love crossword puzzles! Even more than that, we love giving back to our amazing community of puzzle makers. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer the annual My Crossword Maker Crossword Scholarship!

The link above gives all of the information you’ll need. Here are a few bullet points to make sure it’s right for you.

About the 2018 Crossword Scholarship

Who’s it for? Current and incoming undergraduate students.

What’s the prize? A $1,000 scholarship for the first place winner, and free lifetime memberships to both sites for up to five finalists!

How do I apply? Make a newspaper-style crossword puzzle on anything you’re passionate about. Anything at all! Love horses? Go for it! Ancient Japanese art? Let us see it! The more creative and clever, the better.

When’s the deadline? Varies by year. Check the link above.

Do I have to pay to apply? Absolutely not!

How to Make a Crossword Puzzle

Understandably, the thought of making a crossword puzzle to apply to a scholarship might be fun, but also a little daunting if you’ve never done it before. It doesn’t have to be though! Just make sure you follow our tips for crossword puzzles here to keep the grid tight, such as:

  • Have as few black squares as possible
  • Limit three letter answer
  • Write clever answers for the clues pertaining to your theme

First, for inspiration, we recommend you solve published newspaper-style crossword puzzles. There are plenty to solve at My Crossword Maker. You’ll also find them in the New York Times of course, or from any of the publishers here.

Again, all of the information you need can be found here. If you have any more questions, feel free to email us at [email protected], and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

Best of luck to all of our applicants! We look forward to solving your puzzles soon.

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