The Crime Writers' Association


2016 Longlists announced

The 2016 Daggers longlists have been announced.
Click on one of the Dagger categories below to view its longlist.

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 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.


Select a Dagger below to find out who holds the title. Or view past winners in the Dagger winners archive.

View the winners archive

Love Writing Crime?

Whilst there is no simple route to being published the CWA supports all new writers and our members are here to offer the benefit of their experience.

The Debuts

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