The Crime Writers’ Association

Dagger Winners

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

Could Your Crime Book Win a Dagger?

See how authors can self-nominate here.

Time to Read a Dagger-Listed Book?

For full lists download a pdf here or click on individual Dagger pages for all shortlists and longlists.

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.

National Crime Reading Month

June 2022 – the biggest success ever! See the details.

Find what you’re looking for

Looking for a certain kind of crime novel, or one by a particular author?
See what a search brings up in Find An Author/Book.

Critiques & Editing

Want an expert critique or edit of your crime novel?
Check out the CWA’s Criminal Critiques & Editing.

The Crime Readers’ Association

Would you like monthly eNewsletters about the latest crime books? Visit the Crime Readers’ Association and subscribe – it’s free.

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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Crime readers

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The Daggers

The CWA Dagger awards celebrate the best in crime writing.

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