The Crime Writers’ Association

National Crime Reading Month 2018 Underway

National Crime Reading Month, an initiative promoted by the CWA, is now underway, with libraries, bookshops and writing festivals throughout the country hosting events and talks this month with authors speaking about their books and the world of crim...


ALCS to Sponsor CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is to sponsor the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in 2018. This year sees the 40th anniversary of the award; previous winners having included Antonia Fraser, Jonathan Goodman an...


Michael Connelly to receive CWA Diamond Dagger 2018

The Crime Writers’ Association is delighted to announce that Michael Connelly is to receive the 2018 CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. The Dagger award recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked b...


Librarians Asked to Nominate for CWA Dagger in the Library 2018

Libraries are now voting for the winner of the Dagger in the Library 2018, after Mari Hannah took the award in 2017. The CWA’s Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is ...


RIP Sue Grafton

The crime and thriller community mourns the loss of Sue Grafton. Not only was she a magnificent writer and the alphabet series, featuring doughty sleuth Kinsey Millhone, which began with A Is For Alibi in 1982 and ended just prematurely with Y Is For...


CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition 2018 Now Open

The Crime Writers’ Association are once again running the prestigious Margery Allingham Short Story Competition in 2018. The international competition is for an unpublished story in under 3,500 words that fits into the famous Golden Age crime write...


CWA Anthology Launch was December’s Hottest Party!

The CWA short story anthology, Mystery Tour, was launched among much festive merriment at the CWA Christmas Party on Dec 6 at Daunt Books, Cheapside. Fabulous venue, a fascinating assortment of authors, agents and publishers – and the wine kept on ...


After 20 years, would-be crime novelists find it more rewarding than ever to enter the CWA Debut Dagger Competition

Amended 8.12.17 The CWA Debut Dagger for the opening of a crime novel, established in 1998, is renowned within the crime writing world as a way for unpublished authors to get known, with former winners and shortlisted entrants going on to win publish...


CWA Daggers 2017 Awarded to The Dry, Spook Street and Tall Oaks

The 2017 winners of the prestigious CWA Daggers were announced at a gala dinner sponsored by publishers Pan Macmillan at the Grange City Hotel, Cooper’s Row, London on Thursday 26 October. The CWA Daggers, the crème de la crème of crime-writing a...


CWA Debut Dagger Competition Now Open

The Crime Writers’ Association have opened their popular Debut Dagger competition for 2018. The competition is for the opening of a crime novel and any writer who has never had a traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel can enter, ev...


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