8 March 2010

How to Enter a Crossword Competition at SCICX

Thanks for your interest in entering one of our Science Cryptic Crosswords prize competitions.

This is a new venture so these details will be updated. If you find that a previous method of submission has changed then please read this page and it will clarify the new rules.

If this project takes off I will investigate the ability to do these crosswords online. However, this is supposed to be a stimulating but fun activity, and there is little fun in worrying about online security so, for now, here are the simple submission guidelines.

Every prize crossword will have a closing date, a link to a pdf version and an email address of where to send your completed puzzle.

You can either print a crossword puzzle from a webpage or from a pdf document. Complete the crossword on paper. Scan the completed crossword and email it as an attachment to the email address for that crossword.

Every crossword will have a different email address, so make sure you are sending it to the correct address.

Do not send any other correspondence to a crossword email address as it will not be read.

All closing dates expire at 23:59 GMT.

Within 48 hours of the closing date, a random number generator will be used to select the first prize winner from submitted entries. The winning entry will be verified as being correct. If it is not correct the process is repeated until all prizes for that crossword have been allocated.

Each winner will then be contacted by email with details of their prize and the method of delivery, which may be electronic or physical. Only at this point will we require extra information depending on the delivery method.

Please confirm you have read the email and respond promptly to any information requested. If we do not receive any contact from a winner within 7 days we will send out a second email. If no reply is received within a further 7 days then the prize will lapse and may be used in a future prize crossword.

All entries are deleted once the prizes have been awarded.

If you have any questions about these guidelines then, firstly, read them again. If anything is still unclear or something isn't working then leave a comment at the bottom of this page. It really is much faster than sending me an email. All comments on this page are moderated so I will read them before deciding if worth posting.

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I don't keep any details of users of this website or of people sending in completed crossword puzzles. All prize crossword puzzle submissions are deleted once the winners have been notified. I keep details of the winners to ensure they receive their prizes and delete those details after one year. If you wish to know when a new crossword is published please subscribe to either our email notification service or our RSS feed. Any information that is collected for the smooth functioning of the web services used to manage SCICX.com, please refer to their own Privacy Policy statments, such as Google and Feedburner.


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