The Crime Writers' Association

The Daggers

The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham (now better known for Poldark) for The Little Walls.

Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.

Most of the awards are nominated by the book’s publishers. For details on schedule, on how to nominate and to submit nominations, visit

Dagger Review Competition

Post a review of a Dagger title and you could win a weekend pass for CrimeFest 2018!

CWA Daggers 2018

The longlists will be announced at CrimeFest 2018 and shown here.

View the winners archive