The Crime Writers' Association

CWA Dagger in the Library

‘To receive this award is such an honour… It means so much because, in the early stages, it was librarians and readers who voted me onto the longlist. I grew up in a home that had few books. Libraries were very important to me… It breaks my heart that we are losing so many, along with the expertise of professional librarians who can, and do, deliver so much more than books on shelves. I have campaigned long and hard to keep them open. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for all the support they have given me.’
Mari Hannah, Winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017

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The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in the UK and previous winners include Elly Griffiths, Christopher Fowler, Sharon Bolton, Belinda Bauer, Mo Hayder, Colin Cotteril, Craig Russel, Stuart MacBride, Jake Arnott, Alexander McCall Smith, Stephen Booth, Peter Robinson and Lindsey Davis.


The winner of the Dagger in the Library 2018 will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards on 25 October 2018. View the shortlisted authors here.

Nominations will open for 2019 in autumn 2018.

Watch this space for details of how to nominate authors for the 2019 CWA Dagger in the Library.