The Crime Writers’ Association

CWA Announce Longlists for Prestigious Crime Writing Daggers

The Crime Writers’ Association announced the much anticipated longlists for the annual CWA Dagger awards for the best of the year’s crime writing at a reception during international convention CrimeFest in Bristol on the evening of Friday 10 May.

Several prominent crime writers appear on the lists, including Belinda Bauer, John Harvey, Donna Leon, Derek B Miller, Abir Mukherjee, Ray Celestin, Andrew Taylor and Martin Edwards (the former CWA Chair and President of the Detection Club twice; with Gallows Court for the Sapere Historical Dagger, as always a very strong longlist, and for a Short Story). Newcomers such as M W Craven, Laura Shepherd-Robinson and Claire Askew – up for both the Gold and the John Creasey with All The Hidden Truths – promise much.

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger features a host of star names: Elly Griffiths, Luke Jennings and Steve Cavanagh for starters, while for the International Dagger, stalwarts Andrea Camilleri and Cay Rademacher sit among other authors from all over the world.

C J Sansom features on both the Sapere Historical Dagger longlist and that for the CWA Dagger in the Library, nominated by librarians. That longlist also features names such as Kate Ellis, Cath Staincliffe, John Connolly, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Sophie Hannah and M C Beaton, all very strong contenders.

The CWA Daggers, which are the probably the awards crime authors and publishers alike most wish to win, are awarded every year in 10 categories. The Diamond Dagger, for a career’s outstanding contribution to crime fiction as nominated by CWA members, was announced earlier in the year and has been awarded to the popular and best-selling British author Robert Goddard.

Here are the CWA Dagger longlists for 2019.

CWA Gold Dagger 2019 Longlist

Claire AskewAll the Hidden TruthsHodder & Stoughton
Belinda BauerSnapTransworld – Bantam Press
Ray CelestinThe Mobster’s LamentPan Macmillan – Mantle
M W CravenThe Puppet ShowLittle, Brown – Constable
John HarveyBody and SoulCornerstone – William Heinemann
Christobel KentWhat We DidLittle, Brown – Sphere
Donna LeonUnto Us a Son Is GivenWilliam Heinemann
John LincolnFade to GreyNo Exit Press
David MarkCold BonesHodder & Stoughton – Mulholland Books
Derek B. MillerAmerican By DayTransworld – Doubleday
Abir MukherjeeSmoke and AshesHarvill Secker
William ShawSalt LaneRiverrun
Peter SwansonBefore She Knew HimFaber & Faber
Andrew TaylorThe Fire CourtHarper Collins – Harper Fiction
Benjamin WoodA Station on the Path to Somewhere BetterSimon & Schuster UK – Scribner


CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2019 Longlist

Megan AbbottGive Me Your HandPicador
Steve CavanaghThirteenOrion Fiction
Dan FespermanSafe HousesHead of Zeus
Elly GriffithsThe Stranger DiariesQuercus Fiction
Luke JenningsNo TomorrowJohn Murray
Stephen Mack JonesLives Laid AwaySoho Crime
Niklas Natt och Dag, tr. Ebba SegerbergThe Wolf and the WatchmanJohn Murray
Khurrum RahmanHomegrown HeroHQ
Holly WattTo The LionsRaven Books
Tim WillocksMemo From TurnerJonathan Cape


CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2019 Longlist

G.D. AbsonMotherlandMirror Books
Claire AskewAll The Hidden TruthsHodder & Stoughton
Alex DahlThe Boy At The DoorHead of Zeus
Mark GriffinWhen Darkness CallsLittle, Brown – Piatkus
Chris HammerScrublandsHeadline – Wildfire
Vicky NewhamTurn A Blind EyeHQ
Laura Shepherd-RobinsonBlood and SugarPan Macmillan – Mantle
Catherine SteadmanSomething In The WaterSimon & Schuster
Søren Sveistrup, tr. Caroline WaightThe Chestnut Man
Penguin Random House
Vanda SymonOverkillOrenda


CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2019 Longlist

Sue BlackAll That RemainsTransworld – Doubleday
Mikita BrottmanAn Unexplained DeathCanongate
Rachael BrownTraceScribe UK
Claire HarmanMurder by the BookViking
Kirk JohnsonThe Feather ThiefHutchinson
Helena KennedyEve Was ShamedChatto & Windus
Sarah LangfordIn Your DefenceTransworld – Doubleday
Ben MacintyreThe Spy and the TraitorViking
Hallie RubenholdThe FiveTransworld – Doubleday
David WilsonMy Life with MurderersLittle, Brown – Sphere


CWA International Dagger 2019 Longlist

Dov AlfonA Long Night in ParisDaniella ZamirMaclehose Press
Karin BrynardWeeping WatersMaya Fowler & Isobel DixonEuropa – World Noir
Gianrico CarofiglioThe Cold SummerHoward CurtisBitter Lemon Press
Keigo HigashinoNewcomerGiles MurrayLittle, Brown
Håkan NesserThe Root of EvilSarah DeathPan Macmillan – Mantle
Cay RademacherThe ForgerPeter MillarArcadia Books
Andrea CamilleriThe Overnight KidnapperStephen SartarelliPan Macmillan – Mantle
Kjell Ola DahlThe CourierDon BartlettOrenda Books
Martin HolménSluggerA A PrimePushkin Vertigo
Jørn Lier HorstThe Katherina CodeAnne BrucePenguin – Michael Joseph


CWA Sapere Historical Dagger 2019 Longlist

Laura Shepherd-RobinsonBlood & SugarPan Macmillan – Mantle
S.G. MacleanDestroying AngelQuercus Fiction
Martin EdwardsGallows CourtHead of Zeus
Abir MukherjeeSmoke and AshesHarvill Secker
C.J. SansomTomblandPan Macmillan – Mantle
S.W. PerryThe Angel’s MarkCorvus
Alex ReeveThe House on Half Moon StreetRaven Books
Jim KellyThe Mathematical BridgeAllison & Busby
Ray CelestinThe Mobster’s LamentPan Macmillan – Mantle
Liam McIlvanneyThe QuakerHarper Fiction


The CWA Short Story Dagger 2019 Longlist

Room Number TwoAndrea Camilleri, tr. Stephen SartarelliDeath at SeaPan Macmillan – Mantle
How Many Cats Have You Killed?Mick HerronTen Year Stretch – Edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian MullerNo Exit Press
Death Becomes HerSyd MooreThe Strange CasebookPoint Blank
I Detest MozartTeresa Solana, tr. Peter BushThe First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other StoriesBitter Lemon Press
Paradise GainedTeresa Solana, tr. Peter BushThe First Prehistoric Serial Killer and other StoriesBitter Lemon Press
The Dummies’ Guide to Serial KillingDanuta ReahThe Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing and other fantastic Female FablesFantastic Books Publishing
Strangers in a PubMartin EdwardsTen Year Stretch – Edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian MullerNo Exit Press
Bag ManLavie TidharThe Outcast Hours – Edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared ShurinSolaris


CWA Dagger In The Library 2019 Longlist

Selected by nominations from libraries.


CWA Debut Dagger 2019 Longlist

For the opening of a crime novel from a writer without a traditional publishing contract.

WakeShelley Burr
Self-Help for Serial Killers: Let Your Creativity BloomMairi Campbell-Jack
The Mourning LightJerry Krause
The Fruits of RashnessMichael Fleming
Down the WellCarol Glaser
HardwaysCatherine Hendricks
The Right ManAnna Maloney
The FireflyDavid Smith
A Thin Sharp BladeFran Smith
In Wolf’s ClothingMatthew Smith



Shortlists for the Daggers will be announced in the summer and the winners will be announced at the Dagger Awards dinner in London on 24 October, for which tickets will shortly be available. Visit for more information or email .

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

The Margery Allingham short story competition is open to published and unpublished writers alike and has become one to look out for, highlighting excellent writers. The story itself must be unpublished.

The winner was announced and the £500 prize awarded by one of the judges, Janet Laurence. The winner was Ray Bazowski with his story ‘A Perfect Murderer’ and the runner-up was Rosie de Vekey with ‘Decluttering’. The competition is a joint initiative between the Margery Allingham Society and the CWA.

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