CWA Short Story Dagger

This award is for any crime short story first published in the UK in English in a publication that pays for contributions, or broadcast in the UK in return for payment, during the Judging Period. The term short story refers to a work of fiction no shorter than 1,000 and no longer than 9,000 words.

CWA Short Story Dagger Judges

This year’s judges emerge from the mean streets of the crime fiction genre, covering blogging, writing and promoting. Is nowhere safe?

Ayo Onatade

Ayo Onatade

Chair CWA Short Story Dagger Judges

when not working at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom she can be found doing interviews, writing (including giving conference papers) and reviewing on all things crime fiction related for a number of crime fiction websites including and Crimespree Magazine. Ayo can also be found blogging at Shotsmag Confidential.

Sophie Goodfellow

Sophie Goodfellow


is an Account Executive at ed public relations, a boutique publishing and lifestyle PR agency where she works to spread the word on books of all genres. An avid reader of crime, historical and literary fiction, she blogs at Back to the Books Blog, and can be found tweeting about her latest reads on @sophieglorita. Two little-known facts about her are that she speaks fluent French and fainted on a train whilst reading The Shining Girls.

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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.

The nomination period for the CWA Daggers is now closed.

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