CWA International Dagger
This award is for crime novels (defined by the broadest definition including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction) as long as the book was not originally written in English and has been translated into English for UK publication during the Judging Period.
CWA International Dagger Judges
Each year our judges read, between them, over 600 submissions.
Chair CWA International Dagger Judges
also known by her pen name Julia Lisle, is a British author and cookery writer. From 1978, Laurence began to write cookery articles for Country Life and the The Daily Telegraph. Laurence’s first crime novel, ‘A Deepe Coffyn’, was published in 1989, the first of ten contemporary novels featuring cookery writer Darina Lisle and policeman William Pigram. Laurence was the 1998/1999 Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association,and has been Chair of a number of CWA award judging panels including in 2007 and 2008 for the CWA Ellis Peters Award for best Historical Crime Novel and since 2013 for the CWA International Dagger.
At Magdalene College, Cambridge Ian studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic gaining BA in 1973 and MA in 1977. He says,”I have always read a great deal of crime and detective fiction for relaxation. The transition from clinical practise to retirement gives me the time to focus on extending my appreciation of the genre in conversation with convivial colleagues.”
retired recently from her Chair at the Université Paris-Sorbonne-Cité (Diderot), having previously taught at the universities of London, Sussex, Leeds, and Cambridge. She has published many articles and reviews on a variety of topics including medieval literature, Shakespeare, and crime fiction, which she reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. She will now teach crime fiction at the National Humanities Center in the US and for the Institute of Continuing Education at Cambridge.
Dr. Kasia Boddy
has published books and articles on a variety of subjects including boxing, geraniums and American fiction and culture. Her reviews of crime novels have appeared in the Telegraph, the Guardian and other newspapers. She teaches American literature at Cambridge University.
Nominations for 2017/18 NOT YET OPENED
Only registered publishers are able to nominate in the CWA Dagger Awards. The 2017-2018 Daggers are for works published between April 01, 2017 to March 31, 2018 inclusive. The final deadline for submitting a work is February 28, 2018.