The Crime Writers’ Association

New Chair for the CWA

At the CWA AGM on the 28th March 2015 L C Tyler was voted in as new Chair of the CWA. L C (Len) Tyler is a British writer of comic crime fiction. His Elsie and Ethelred mysteries feature Ethelred Tressider, a crime writer, and Elsie Thirkettle, his l...


Dagger in the Library

The Dagger in the Library is one of six highly prized CWA Dagger Awards, which have been awarded to crime writers since 1955. It is a unique literary award in that it offers a chance for readers to nominate their favourite British crime fiction autho...


CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

Have you penned one of the murkiest, most deadly crime stories the nation has yet to be intrigued by? We’re looking for the best unpublished stories to send chills up the spines of our judges for this year’s Margery Allingham Short Story Competit...


CWA Diamond Dagger Winner 2015

The Crime Writer’s Association is delighted to announce that the recipient of this year’s prestigious Diamond Dagger is Catherine Aird. Following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Simon Brett, P.D James, Lee Child and Frederick Forsyth, Cath...


Jean McConnell

JEAN McCONNELL, a founder member of the Writers Guild and an Honorary Member of the Crime Writers Association, died on January 6th in Tunbridge Wells. Jean was also a Vice President and former Chair of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists ...


Diamond Dagger winner 2015 to be announced

  “I value that brooch more than anything else I own apart from for my wedding ring.” – Sarah Paretsky, Diamond Dagger winner 2002   The Diamond Dagger is our award for lifetime achievement. It has been awarded every year...


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 For 15 years the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers.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...


The CWA sends its sincere condolences to the staff of Charlie Hebdo

The CWA sends its sincere condolences to the staff of Charlie Hebdo. Your loss is our loss. Your fight is our fight. “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” Salman Rushdie  ...


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...


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!...


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