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
Our judges are gathered, not from the four corners of the world but rather the four corners of academia.
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.
Having studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at university, Ian worked as an archaeologist before starting a second-hand book business in Cambridge. Thirty years ago he trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst and has found extensive reading of crime fiction an ideal complement to clinical practice.
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.
The nomination period for the CWA Daggers 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.
|Ferocity||Nicola Lagioia||Antony Shugaar||Europa Editions|
|Based on a True Story||Delphine de Vigan||George Miller||Bloomsbury Publishing|
|Faithless||Kjell Ola Dahl||Don Bartlett||Orenda Books|
|Block 46||Johana Gustawsson||Maxim Jakubowski||Orenda Books|
|We Were the Salt of the Sea||Roxanne Bouchard||David Warriner||Orenda Books|
|Wolves in the Night||Gunnar Staalesen||Don Bartlett||Orenda Books|
|Blue Night||Simone Buchholz||Rachel Ward||Orenda Books|
|Killed||Thomas Enger||Kari Dickson||Orenda Books|
|Whiteout||Ragnar Jonasson||Quentin Bates||Orenda Books|
|The Man Who Died||Antti Tuomainen||David Hackston||Orenda Books|
|Snare||Lilja Sigurdardottir||Quentin Bates||Orenda Books|
|The Shadow District||Arnuldar Indridason Mankell||Victoria Cribb||Harvill Secker|
|After the Fire||Henning Mankell||Marlaine Delargy||Harvill Secker|
|The Greek Wall||Nicolas Verdan||W. Donald Wilson||Bitter Lemon Press|
|Three Drops of Blood and a Cloud of Cocaine||Quentin Mouron||W. Donald Wilson||Bitter Lemon Press|
|Holy Ceremony||Harri Nykanen||Kristian London||Bitter Lemon Press|
|Stockholm Delete||Jens Lapidus||Alice Menzies||Corvus|
|They Know Not What They Do||Jussi Valtonen||Kristian London||Oneworld|
|Frankenstein in Bagdad||Ahmed Saadawi||Jonathan Wright||Oneworld|
|Three Envelopes||Nir Hezroni||Steven Cohen||Point Blank|
|Damnation||Peter Beck||Jamie Bulloch||Point Blank|
|Back Up||Paul Colize||Louise Lalaurie||Point Blank|
|Fever||Deon Meyer||K.L. Seegers||Hodder & Stoughton|
|When Times Run Out||Elina Hirvonen||Hildi Hawkins||Manilla|
|The Accordionist||Fred Vargas||Sian Reynolds||Harvill Secker|
|Watching You||Arne Dhal||Neil Smith||Harvill Secker|
|The Thirst||Jo Nesbo||Neil Smith||Harvill Secker|
|Down for the Count||Martin Holmén||Henning Koch||Pushkin Vertigo|
|Fear||Dirk Kurbjuweit||Imogen Taylor||Orion Fiction|
|Master, Liar, Traitor, Friend||Christoffer Carlsson||Michael Gallagher||Scribe UK|
|Fatal Crossing||Lone Theils||Charlotte Barslund||Arcadia Books|
|The Silent Death||Volker Kutscher||Niall Sellar||Sandstone Press|
|The Darkness||Ragnar Jonasson||Victoria Cribb||Michael Joseph|
|What My Body Remembers||Agnete Friis||Lindy Falk Van Rooyen||Soho Crime|
|Cruel is the Night||Karo Hamalainen||Owen Witesman||Soho Crime|
|In the Dark||Andreas Pfulger||Shaun Whiteside||Head of Zeus|
|Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of the Lord||Mario Giordano||John Brownjohn||John Murray Publishers|
|The Darkest Day||Haken Nesser||Sarah Death||Mantle|
|The Anthill Murders||Hans Olva Lahulm||tbc||Mantle|
|A Nest of Vipers||Andrea Camilleri||Stephen Sartarelli||Mantle|
|Can You Hear Me?||Elena Varvello||Alex Valente||Two Roads|
|The Sons||Anton Svensson||Hildred Crill||Sphere|
|The Girl in the Fog||Donato Carrisi||Howard Curtis||Abacus|
|Savages: The Wedding||Sabri Luatah||Gavin Bowd||Corsair|
|All the World’s a Stage||Boris Akunin||Andrew Bromfield||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|Don’t Let Go||Michel Bussi||Sam Taylor||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|Hell’s Gate||Laurent Gaudé||Emily Boyce & Jane Aitken||Gallic Books|
|Low Heights||Pascal Garnier||Melanie Florence||Gallic Books|
|Three Minutes||Roslund & Hellstrom||Elizabeth Clark Wessel||MacLehose Press|
|Zen and the Art of Murder||Oliver Bottini||Jamie Bulloch||MacLehose Press|
|Three Days and a Life||Pierre Lemaitre||Frank Wynne||MacLehose Press|
|Seventeen||Hideo Yokoama||Louise Heal Kawai||Riverrun|
|The Scarred Woman||Jusi Adler-Olsen||William Frost||Quercus Fiction|
|Offering to the Storm||Delores Redondo||Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garcia||HarperFiction|
|The Girl in the Woods||Camilla Lackberg||Tiina Nunnally||HarperFiction|
|Suburra||Giancarlo De Cataldo & Carlo Bonini||Anthony Shugaar||Europa Editions UK|
|The Frozen Woman||Jon Michelet||Don Bartlett||No Exit Press|