This Dagger is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality with their first novel of any kind published in the UK in English during the judging period.
‘Best crime novel by a first-time author’ means that the author must not have had a novel of any sort published anywhere before under any name whatsoever. In the case of novels with more than one author, all the authors must meet this requirement.
It is up to the submitting publisher or author to ensure that novels submitted for this award qualify.
This Dagger is sponsored by ILP (International Literary Properties) who manage the literary estate of the CWA’s founder, John Creasey.
The small Australian township background leads to an utterly convincing sense of place, well-paced plotting and the unravelling of long-concealed guilt and shame create a haunting mystery in the most ordinary seeming setting.
Sam Blake (Chair)
Sam Blake is an international bestseller and has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. Her debut Little Bones (Bonnier 2016) was a runaway bestseller, shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. After a police procedural trilogy, she now writes bestselling psychological thrillers.
Find her on social @samblakebooks
“I love books. Everyone at university predicted I’d end up working in a bookshop, except they thought it would be a secondhand bookshop with a rocking chair and a few cats.” David is the manager of Heffers of Cambridge.
Karen Robinson was a senior editor at The Sunday Times. She devised the paper’s Crime Club newsletter and ran it for five years. She now reads crime fiction purely for fun.
After thirty years working in some of the biggest agencies in the world, Simon launched his boutique agency in 2019 to represent authors, brands and entrepreneurs in the areas of art, culture, digital, literature, and live events. “I am partnering with the best agencies worldwide on a case-by-case basis to bring foreign, US and film/tv rights to the very forefront of the narrative.”
International Literary Properties – Sponsors of the John Creasey Dagger
International Literary Properties works with authors, playwrights, managers of literary estates, and individual heirs to help realize the value from book and play-based intellectual property.