The Crime Writers’ Association

Diamond Dagger

The most prestigious Dagger of all, the Diamond Dagger is for a lifetime contribution to crime writing in the English language and is nominated by CWA members.

Entry Process

The CWA Diamond Dagger winner is selected every year from nominations provided by CWA members. A shortlist of authors is selected by a specialist committee and the winner voted on by the CWA Board.

Nominees must meet two essential criteria. First, their writing careers must have been outstanding, and their writing must have been published in the English language, whether originally or in translation. Second, they must have made a remarkable contribution to crime writing. The award is made purely on merit without reference to age, gender or nationality.

The Diamond Dagger recognises authors whose crime-writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre. It is the most prestigious UK lifetime award awarded to a crime writer.


Current holder

Diamond Dagger 2022 Winner


CJ Sansom

CJ Sansom has been announced as the recipient of the highest honour in British crime writing, the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger.

One of Britain’s bestselling historical novelists, Christopher John Sansom was born in 1952 in … More

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