The Crime Writers' Association

Daggers 2018

The 2018 CWA Dagger winners have now been announced. Click on the individual Dagger images below to view the winner for each Dagger or download the PDF below for a full list of winners.

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The Daggers

The 2018 CWA Daggers were awarded at a prestigious event on 25 October at the Grange City Hotel, London.

The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham (now better known for Poldark) for The Little Walls.

Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.

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

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