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About the CWA The CWA promotes, supports and celebrates crime writing, and writers of all crime fiction and non-fiction from across the globe. We’re proud to be a growing, thriving community with membership encompassing authors of all ages and at ...


CWA Dagger Awards Winners Announced

The Crime Writers’ Association have presented their final 2015 CWA Dagger Awards to authors Smith Henderson, Karin Slaughter and Michael Robotham. At the CWA Dagger Awards reception, which took place at Malmaison, London on Tuesday evening, the...


It’s nearly time…

The Daggers longlists will be announced on the evening of Friday 20 May at CrimeFest. Come back then to see the contenders!...


Martin Edwards wins an Edgar

Martin Edwards, the CWA’s vice chair, has won the Best Biographical/Critical Edgar award for The Golden Age of Murder. The awards for mystery fiction, non-fiction and TV are made every spring by Mystery Writers of America. The term ‘Edgar...


Margery Allingham Winning Story on the Website

Peter Guttridge’s winning entry, The Box-Shaped Mystery, for the short story competition run in conjunction with the Margery Allingham Society is now on this website. As well as being entertaining and a fabulous demonstration of matching Marger...


How to win £1,000

Enter the CWA’s Margery Allingham short story competition! This is open to published authors as well as unpublished ones. The maximum word count is generous too at 3,500. The deadline is still attainable even if it is a little bit close: March ...


Debut Dagger Tips: Kristina Stanley

  Prepare to be deeply jealous when you find out the circumstances in which Kristina Stanley penned her Debut Dagger shortlisted novel, Blaze. However, despite a deeply glamourous writing story, the Canadian newcomer faced the same struggle as a...


The CWA Diamond Dagger Winner is…..

The Crime Writers’ Association is awarding its highest honour, the CWA Diamond Dagger, to acclaimed author Peter James. During an illustrious career in writing, Peter James has proved he is a master storyteller penning 28 novels and selling 16 mill...


The Debuts: What are you going to call it?

Choosing the title of your novel is almost as big a decision as deciding to write it in the first place. Do you go for something quirky and run the risk of people not understanding it – or choose a more obvious title which then doesn’t sound inte...


Staying Accountable

Even writers don’t feel like writing all of the time. When you’re part-way through your book and the rest of it stretches out ahead of you like an insurmountable task, the temptation to do something else instead can become strong, and if you’ve...


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