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Crossword Publisher Comparison Chart

The following is summarized information taken from the various stylesheets that have been provided by the publishers. Be sure to carefully read the stylesheet of a publisher before submitting a puzzle. To see a stylesheet, click on the publisher name below.


Publication Editor Submit via:
(prefs in bold)
15x15 21x21 Response Time
LA Times Patti Varol email (CCW, CF, AL)
postal mail
$125 $300 3-8 weeks
Newsday Stan Newman postal mail n/a $150 1-2 months
New York Times Will Shortz Submissions portal $500-750 $1500-2250 * 1 week - 4 months
Simon & Schuster John Samson email (CD, CCW, AL) n/a $200 1 hour - 1 month
Universal Crosswords David Steinberg email (CCW, AL, CD, CF, PDF) $150 $350 up to 2 weeks


* NOTE: For the New York Times, responses can vary greatly depending on the workload and schedule of the editor, Will Shortz. He may also be able to respond quicker once he is more familiar with your work. Feel free to contact Will if you have not heard from him 4 months after submission.

Email submission formats:

CCW: Crossword Compiler for Windows
AL: Across Lite

CF: CrossFire

CD: CrossDown
CM: Crossword Maestro

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