The Crime Writers’ Association

Bookshop of the Month – August 2021: No Alibis

What was the shop before he moved in? ‘It was a dry cleaners.’ Bit of a refit then? He laughs. ’Very much a refit. We built most of the bookcases ourselves. I sold a lot of my first editions at the time to raise money. Raymond Chandlers...


CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library Award winner announced

The winner of the CWA’s Dagger in the Library award has been announced at an event at Waterstones Piccadilly. Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library honours an author’s body of work to date rather than a single title, and an...


CWA Dagger Longlists announced

CWA Goldsboro Gold Daggers Ian Fleming Steel Dagger John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger The shortlists for these awards will be announced mid August....


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For 15 years the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers.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


Dagger in the Library – shortlist announced

CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library Award shortlist announced   Five authors have today been shortlisted for the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library award, sponsored by Dead Good Books. This year, for the first time, readers compiled the long list as crim...


Read the winning entry for the CWA Debut Dagger 2014

Jody Sabral is a journalist who lived in Turkey for ten years until 2012, working for various international broadcasters. Jody self-published her first book Changing Borders in 2012 but has transported Kate Roberts, her main character, back to a time...


CWA Icelandic Chapter Meeting

The fourth meeting of the Icelandic Chapter of the CWA took place in Soho. Chapter meetings are for CWA members only but if you would like to join drop us a line....


Dagger in the Library Longlist announced

Ten authors have today been longlisted for the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library award, thanks to your votes. The response was staggering. With 1,384 people voting for 636 different authors, the longlist highlights the extraordinary quality and variety...


CWA Dagger Shortlists Announced

The CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year * The First Rule of Survival by Paul Mendelson (Constable) * How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Sphere/Little Brown) * Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly (Bantam/Transworld) * This...


CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition – now open

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