CWA Historical Dagger
This award is for the best historical crime novel, first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period, set in any period up to 35 years prior to the year in which the award will be made. For novels that involve passages set later than this time period, at least three-quarters of the book should be set in an earlier period.
CWA Historical Dagger Judges
Our judges cram into the CWA Tardis and travel back in time to find the best historical novel with crime elements and bring them back to today.
Chair CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Judges
is the organiser of the annual St Hilda’s Mystery & Crime Weekend. She was Director of Alumnae Relations at St Hilda’s College from 1991 until 2007 and is now Project Consultant to its Development & Alumnae Office. Previously, she spent 20 years (1970-90) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. She has been an avid reader and admirer of Crime & Mystery novels since childhood especially the ‘golden agers’.
is the deputy news editor of the Sunday Express and a reviewer of crime fiction for the Daily Express. An avid reader since childhood, he has worked as a journalist for 20 years after completing a history degree at the University of York, where he developed a strange fascination with witchcraft accusations in England in the 16th and 17th century.
Louisa Service OBE
is a graduate of St Hilda’s College Oxford and comes from a literary family. More than thirty books have been published by her immediate family (father, brother, husband and nephew). Her working life was spent in the field of periodical publishing. She was awarded her OBE for her work in music for young people. She is a great reader and in particular of crime fiction.
is a former editor of Crime Scene magazine and has reviewed crime and thriller fiction for Metro newspaper. He is also a longstanding music critic for the Evening Standard. While studying for a history degree at the University of Warwick, he became a committed crime fiction devotee — the bookish habit began in childhood with the Sherlock Holmes stories — and continues to read widely in the genre.
Was Fellow in Classics at St Hilda’s College from 1969-2001. Her research has focused on what the Greeks and Romans themselves wrote about literature, eg. Should it aim to please or have a social or moral aim? What makes a good plot or a suitable style? How important is characterisation? She is also a voracious reader of crime fiction, an early addict from childhood.
The nomination period is now open.
Only registered publishers are able to nominate in the CWA Dagger Awards.
The 2017-2018 judging period is April 01, 2017 to March 31, 2018 inclusive.
The final deadline for submitting a work is February 28, 2018.
|Merlin at War||Mark Ellis||London Wall Publishers|
|Hunting the Hangman||Howard Linksey||No Exit Press|
|The Good Assassin||Paul Vidich||No Exit Press|