The Crime Writers' Association

Interested in writing crime?

See below for blogs about our prestigious competition, the Debut Dagger. There’ s more about the competition itself on the Debut Dagger page.

Check out our Crime Writing Tips page for hints and how-tos from authors and editors. And see Criminal Critiques for help with your own writing – critiques and editing.

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Debut Dagger Winner’s Journey (So Far) by Sherry Rankin

Mystery novels have always fascinated me. As a girl, I would hide beneath the blankets with a flashlight to finish Nancy Drew mysteries after my parents had called ‘lights out.’ Later on, I developed a particular fondness for the classic British myst...

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