The Crime Writers’ Association

Short Story Dagger

This award is for any crime short story first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period, whether on its own or within an anthology or collection. Upon publication it must have been for sale to the public, either in print or e-book, through established channels or platforms.

The term short story refers to a work of fiction no shorter than 1,000 and no longer than 15,000 words.

You are able to nominate a full anthology where we consider every story, or an individual story.

Publishers or authors can nominate.

2022 shortlist

2022 longlist


BlindsidedCriminal Pursuits: Crime Through TimeCaroline EnglandSamantha Lee HoweTelos Publishing
The VictimCriminal Pursuits: Crime Through TimeAwais KhanSamantha Lee HoweTelos Publishing
New TricksAfraid of the ShadowsMatt WesolowskiMiranda JewessCriminal Minds
LondonThe Jealousy Man and other storiesJo NesbⱷRobert FergusonPenguin Random HouseHarvill Secker
With the OthersAfraid of the ShadowsTM LoganMiranda JewessCriminal Minds
The Clifton VampireAfraid of the ShadowsTE KinseyMiranda JewessCriminal Minds
Flesh of a Fancy WomanCriminal Pursuits: Crime Through TimePaul MagrsSamantha Lee HoweTelos Publishing
ChangelingCriminal Pursuits: Crime Through TimeBryony PearceSamantha Lee HoweTelos Publishing
The Way Of All FleshCriminal Pursuits: Crime Through TimeRaven DaneSamantha Lee HoweTelos Publishing
When I Grow UpAfraid of the ShadowsRobert ScraggMiranda JewessCriminal Minds

Short Story Dagger 2021 Winner

Clare Mackintosh


The Dome Press

A powerful twist turns this vivid, brilliantly written and carefully plotted story about a child’s fear of the forbidden cellar into something much scarier.

Celebrating 21 Years of Goldsboro Books

    The Judges

    Priscilla Masters (Chair)
    Cilla Masters was born in Halifax and adopted into a multi-racial family of seven. She has produced more than thirty crime novels and one children’s book. She trained as a registered nurse in the 1970s at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham. Her first novel to feature DI Joanna Piercy, Winding Up the Serpent, was published in 1995 by Pan Macmillan. She has followed this with a further thirteen titles in the series. In 2004 she created Coroner Martha Gunn, a series set in the medieval town of Shrewsbury and in 2017 revived a previous character, Dr Claire Roget, a forensic psychiatrist. She has also written medical standalone mysteries and is currently published by Severn House, Lume Books and Telos Publishing. Cilla is a CWA Library Champion, together with John Dean and G B Williams.

    Mike Linane
    Mike Linane is a publisher at Williams & Whiting Publishing and also an event organiser currently organising Bodies From The Library (a one-day conference about the Golden Age of Crime Writing) held annually at the British Library and has previously organised events such as Deal Noir and Morecambe & Vice.

    Chris Simmons
    Chris Simmons is the online editor of his brainchild, – a crime review website, running since March 2005. Chris is a past judge for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, which has highlighted the debuts of authors such as Louise Penny (John Creasey Dagger winner), S J Watson, Sarah Hilary, James Oswald and two-time Dagger winner, Wiley Cash.

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