Six crosswords written and edited by Midwest puzzlemakers

Open to all

October 5, 2024

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of Illinois Chicago
Student Center East 

750 S. Halsted St, Chicago IL 60607

About Us

Shannon Rapp


St. Louis, MO

Sally Hoelscher


Iowa City, IA

Tracy Bennett


Ann Arbor, MI

Christina Iverson


Ames, IA

Kelsey Dixon

Graphic Designer

Chicago, IL

About the Puzzles and Constructors

Showcasing the array of crossword talent in the Midwest is our priority! Selected constructors will be contacted in early 2024 to create one of five tournament puzzles. One additional constructor will be chosen from an open submission process. Details here.

We are defining the Midwest as: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio. Constructors who do not currently live in one of these states but otherwise identify as Midwestern are welcome to inquire. 

Email us at with any questions. 

Thank you to our Friends and Sponsors!