The Crime Writers’ Association

Tickets Now On Sale for CWA Daggers Dinner on 25 October

All ten winners of this year’s CWA Daggers will be presented at a glittering black-tie occasion at the Grange City Hotel in Cooper’s Row, London at 6.30pm for 7pm on October 25. Everyone is welcome and many of the crime writing world’s most notable authors, literary agents and publishers will be in attendance.

The CWA Daggers, which are probably the awards crime writers and publishers alike most wish to win, are awarded every year in ten categories.

The CWA 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 US best-selling author Michael Connelly, who will receive the amazing Diamond Dagger at the awards dinner.

The other nine CWA Daggers are as follows: Gold – for the best crime novel of the year; Ian Fleming Steel – for the best crime thriller of the year, sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications; John Creasey New Blood – for the best debut crime novel; Historical – for the best historical crime novel; ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction – for non-fiction crime, sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society; Short Story – for a short crime story published in the UK; International – for crime fiction translated into English and published in the UK; Dagger in the Library – for the author of the most enjoyed collection of work in libraries; and the Debut Dagger – a competition for the opening of a crime novel by a writer with no publishing contract.

The after-dinner speaker is Jude Tindall, co-creator of TV’s Shakespeare & Hathaway and writer for Father Brown, and Master of Ceremonies is the erudite and witty crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw, author most recently of Historical Noir. The event is open to everyone to attend and costs £108 to non-CWA members, with special deals for tables of 10 and 12. Tickets are selling quickly; please contact to book yours. The booking deadline is 4 October.

The booking form for this year’s Daggers Dinner can be found here.

Nominations are now open for all Dagger Awards 2018 except the Debut Dagger, which opens on 1 October, and the Dagger in the Library, which will also open for library nominations later in the year.


Many thanks to our Dagger sponsors:

Ian Fleming Publications

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is the Fleming family-owned company that looks after the James Bond literary brand, by promoting and making available all of Ian Fleming’s 007 books across the world. They also keep the brand alive through the publication of new stories by other authors such as Anthony Horowitz.


The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity, ensure they receive fair payment, and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. Today it represents over 95,000 members, and since 1977 has paid over £450 million to writers.

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