The Crime Writers’ Association

Sponsor a CWA Dagger

The Daggers were established in 1955 to celebrate the very best in crime writing. More than half a century later they’re still recognised as the most prestigious crime-writing awards in the UK, and renowned across the globe as a seal of quality.

Sponsors of the awards gain cachet and recognition throughout the world of crime writing, raise their profile both within the industry and beyond, and earn substantial year-round benefits and marketing exposure from the awards cycle.

The Daggers are separated into three sponsorship levels; click below for more details on how you could benefit by sponsoring an award.


  • Gold Dagger
  • Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
  • John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger
  • Twisted Dagger
  • Whodunnit Dagger




  • Historical Dagger
  • Gold Dagger for Nonfiction
  • Dagger in the Library
  • Crime Fiction in Translation
  • Short Story Dagger
  • Debut Dagger

Other sponsorship opportunities

We’re always seeking sponsorship partners for our many other activities and initiatives, including:

The Dagger Awards ceremony
The CWA Annual Conference
– Conference Gala Dinner wine
National Crime Reading Month

Get in touch

To discuss these and other sponsorship opportunities, and the benefits they provide, contact

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