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.


2024 shortlist


2024 longlist

 

Publisher
Bitter Lemon
Canelo
Harper Fiction (HarperCollins)
Harvill Secker (Penguin Random House)
Headline (Hachette)
Joffe Books
Michael Joseph (Penguin Random House)
Pushkin Vertigo
Raqven (Bloomsbury)

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. This prestigious Dagger was inaugurated in 2019, the first new Dagger for a decade.

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