The Crime Writers’ Association

Debut Dagger competition: now open

For 15 years the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers.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


Peter James Remembers Carole Blake

Carole Blake: An Appreciation by Peter James I was at a publishing party in 1993 when an apparition swept towards me, champagne glass in hand, a rock the size of a planet hanging around her neck and wild, velvet shoes. ‘I just want to tell you I...


Dagger in the Library 2017 Winner Announced

The winner of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been revealed: Mari Hannah. Mari said: ‘Membership of the Crime Writers’ Association links me to those who write and read crime fiction, essential for any author working in the genre. To re...


CWA to announce Dagger Shortlists at London reception on 26 July

The Crime Writers’ Association will announce shortlists for the 2017 Dagger awards at a drinks reception to be held at Waterstones, Piccadilly (Lower Ground Floor) from 6.30pm on Wednesday July 26. Shortlists will be announced for the following CWA...


National Crime Reading Month

June, and the CWA’s initiative sees plenty of crime-writing events taking place in many locations throughout the country. To find events in your area, do visit the National Crime Reading Month website where the events are listed by region. Any fest...


CWA Announce Longlists for Prestigious Crime Writing Daggers

The Crime Writers Association announced the much anticipated longlists for the annual Dagger awards at a reception during CrimeFest in Bristol on the evening of Friday 19 May. The Chair of the CWA, Martin Edwards, author of The Golden Age of Murder, ...


Crime Writers appoint Libraries Champion

The Crime Writers’ Association has appointed its first Libraries Champion, Ruth Dudley Edwards. Ruth and the CWA will work with libraries nationwide to support the public library network, promote the value of reading for people of all ages and from...


Dagger in the Library 2017 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been announced. The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in t...


2017 CWA Conference a huge success

The Apex Waterloo Hotel in the historic city of Edinburgh was the setting for the 2017 CWA annual conference, which was well-attended, and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. In addition to the banquet and some fascinating and informative guest speakers,...


Inspector Morse Creator Colin Dexter Dies

The CWA is very sorry to report the death of Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter, aged 86. He died peacefully at his Oxford home on March 21. His characters and storylines have given very many people hours of reading and viewing pleasure. Colin was ...


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