The Crime Writers’ Association

2024 Daggers Winners Announced

Winners of the 2024 CWA Daggers were announced on 4th July. Congratulations to all the winners.

Winner of the 2024 Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition Selected!

Congratulations to Susan Breen, winner of the 2024 Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition, with the story ‘Olga Popova’. Read more about this competition here.

Nominations for the 2025 Daggers are now open!

Nominations for the 2025 Daggers are now open! See this page for information about the entry process, the new Dagger categories, and more!

2024 Diamond Dagger Winners Announced!

The CWA is proud to announce the joint winners of the 2024 Diamond Dagger, Lynda La Plante and James Lee Burke. The Diamond Dagger is the CWA’s most prestigious award, recognising a lifetime of excellence in contribution to English-language crime writing. Read more about 2024’s winners and their impressive careers here.

Time to Read a Dagger-Listed Book?

For full lists view a PDF here, or click on individual Dagger pages for all shortlists and longlists.

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