The Crime Writers’ Association

The submission deadline for the CWA DEBUT DAGGER is the 31st January 2015.

The submission deadline for the CWA DEBUT DAGGER is the 31st January 2015.

For 15 years the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers. The submissions are judged by a panel of top crime editors and agents, and the short listed entries are sent to publishers and agents.

The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. All shortlisted entrants will receive a professional assessment of their entries. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be seen leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors.

But entering the Debut Dagger is more than just entering a competition. You can also join our community, via the Facebook Group giving you the opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences and helping out your fellow writers.

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Debut Dagger Guidelines

Debut Dagger Style Guidelines

The CWA Debut Dagger is kindly sponsored by Orion Books.

For more information and to submit your entry please visit


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