The Crime Writers' Association

The Daggers

The shortlists for the 2019 CWA Daggers have been announced. Click on a Dagger below to discover who made it to the final round.

The glamorous Dagger Award ceremony where the winners are announced will be held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City on 24 October 2019 – the crime writing event of the year.

The CWA Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement is awarded in the springtime of the year and in 2019 goes to Robert Goddard. He will receive his prize at the October awards ceremony.


The Crime-Writing Event of the Year

All ten of the prestigious CWA Daggers will be awarded at a glittering occasion attended by authors, publishers and agents. The Dinner is open to any crime-writing fan and non-members of the CWA.

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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 and are regarded by the publishing world as the foremost British awards for crime-writing.

Submit a nomination for the 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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