The Debut Dagger Award
The Debut Dagger competition is now open.
Deadline for entries for 2018 is 28 February 2018.
20th Anniversary Year
In 2018, we’re celebrating 20 years of helping would-be crime writers get noticed
For two decades the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers. The submissions are judged by a panel of top crime editors and agents, and the shortlisted entries are presented to publishers and agents. The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a full-length novel published by a traditional publisher.
The international competition is for the
opening of a crime novel not exceeding 3,000 words and a synopsis of 500-1000 words.
The Debut Dagger closes every year on February 28 and reopens on October 1.
The Debut Dagger longlist for 2018 will be announced at CrimeFest in May.
All shortlisted entrants will receive feedback from the judges about their entries. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be brought to the attention of leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors.
Yet entering the Debut Dagger is more than just entering a competition. You can also join our community via the Facebook Group giving you the opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences and help out your fellow writers.
You might also like to sign up to our Debuts mailing list to get regular information about events and competitions likely to be of interest, as well as the fabulous ezine Case Files, showcasing the latest crime writing releases.
In 2017, the Debut Dagger was kindly sponsored by Orion Books.