The Crime Writers’ Association

Dagger Shortlists

The CWA Dagger Shortlists 2022 have been announced – see the individual Dagger pages for lists or click here to download a PDF.

Dagger Awards – mark your diary

The CWA Dagger Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 29 June at the Leonardo City Hotel, London.

Why not take part in National Crime Reading Month?

Events nationwide for you to attend – and make sure if you’re a writer yours is added

Submit your Published Crime Book for a Dagger

From 2022, the following may nominate a published book for a Dagger*: Traditional publishers, traditionally published authors and self-published authors who are Full members of the CWA. * Individual eligibility rules apply.

About the CWA

The CWA promotes, supports and celebrates crime writing, and writers of all crime fiction and non-fiction from across the globe. We’re proud to be a growing, thriving community with membership encompassing authors of all ages and at every stage of their careers.

Find out more about who can join the CWA and the benefits we provide:

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The Daggers

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