The Crime Writers’ Association

Dagger for the Best Crime & Mystery Publisher

This prestigious Dagger (often referred to as simply the “Publisher’s Dagger”) is awarded annually to the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year.

Publishers and specific imprints are nominated by a representative group of leading book reviewers, booksellers, festival organisers, bloggers, literary agents and journalists, with the eventual winner designated from the shortlist by the CWA Board.


Current holder

Dagger for the Best Crime & Mystery Publisher 2021 Winner


Head of Zeus


    Shortlist

    Longlist

     

    Bitter Lemon Press
    Faber & Faber
    Harper Fiction
    Head of Zeus
    Michael Joseph
    No Exit Press
    Orenda Books
    Pushkin Vertigo
    Raven
    Sphere
    Viper

    How it’s decided.

    The Dagger is awarded annually to the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year. Publishers and specific imprints are nominated by a representative group of leading book reviewers, booksellers, festival organisers, bloggers, literary agents and journalists, with the eventual winner selected from the shortlist by the CWA Board.rnrnThis prestigious Dagger was inaugurated in 2019, the first new Dagger for a decade.

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