The Crime Writers' Association

Daggers 2018

The CWA Dagger shortlists are now published. Click on the individual Dagger images below to view the shortlist for each Dagger.

To find out the winners, why not attend the Dagger Awards Dinner on 25 October? Email for a booking form.

Download shortlists PDF

The Daggers

The CWA Daggers will be awarded at a prestigious event on 25 October at the Grange City Hotel, Cooper’s Row, London. Tickets are now available. Email for a booking form. The after-dinner speaker is TV writer Jude Tindall and the m/c the erudite and entertaining Barry Forshaw. Booking deadline is 4 October.

To read the shortlist for each dagger, please click on the relevant icon below.

If you would like to book your place at this year’s Daggers Dinner, the booking form is available here.

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

View the winners archive