The Crime Writers' Association

The Daggers

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

CWA Dagger Awards Dinner 2017

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.

Find out more


Select a Dagger below for more information. Or view past winners in the Dagger winners archive.
Download the 2016 winners poster here.

View the winners archive