The Crime Writers' Association

2020 Shortlists

The 2020 CWA Dagger Shortlists will be announced on 6th August.

The Longlists have already been announced. Click on a dagger below to view them.

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 independently of the CWA by industry professionals. For details of each Dagger, eligibility for submission and a list of previous winners and shortlisted authors, see below. To view the 2020 longlists (announced on 5 June), please click on each Dagger below.

The shortlists will be announced online on 6 August.

The deadline for nominations for next year’s Daggers (unless otherwise stated) is 28 February 2021. The Debut Dagger – for the opening of an unpublished crime novel by an unagented and unsigned writer – is a competition entered by authors. The deadline for the Debut Dagger is 28 February 2021 and opens for entry on 1 October 2020. The Dagger in the Library is nominated by librarians, and the Publishers’ Dagger is nominated by an industry commiteee.

View the winners archive