The Crime Writers' Association

The Daggers

The CWA Dagger Awards are the premier literary crime writing awards in the United Kingdom. Our 11 Daggers are (mainly) nominated by publishers and judged by industry professionals. For details of each Dagger, eligibility for submission and a list of previous winners and shortlisted authors, see below. The deadline for nominations (unless otherwise stated) is the 31 March 2020.

The Debut Dagger – for the opening of an unpublished crime novel by an unagented and unsigned author – is self-nominated by authors. The deadline for the Debut Dagger is 29 February 2020. To help promote this unrivalled opportunity for new writers, please download and circulate the posters below.

The Dagger in the Library award is nominated by librarians and also has a deadline of 29 February 2020.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at the glamorous Dagger Award ceremony at Leonardo Royal Hotel, London City, on 22 October 2020 – the crime-writing event of the year.

The CWA Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement is announced in the springtime of the year, but formally awarded in October. In 2019 the award went to the acclaimed thriller writer Robert Goddard. The Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year went to M C Craven for The Puppet Show and winner of the Dagger in the Library was Cheshire author Kate Ellis.

For videos of last years presentation of the Daggers at the awards ceremony by Master of Ceremonies Barry Forshaw, see Shots ezine  here.


Submit a nomination for the 2020 Dagger awards

Most of the awards are nominated by the book’s publishers. For details on schedule, on how to nominate and to submit nominations, Click here

Would all publishers nominating titles for the CWA Daggers please note that all nominations must be paid for within the CWA’s invoice terms, and in all cases in advance of the Dagger Awards.

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