CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
The broadest definition of the thriller novel is used for eligible books i.e. was first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period; these can be set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction and/or action/ adventure stories. Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that “one simply has to turn the pages”; this is one of the main characteristics that the judges will be looking for.
CWA Ian Fleming Steel Judges
Each year our judges read, between them, over 600 submissions. The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger judges are an invincible lot and they do all that whilst balancing a Martini in one hand. It has to be… three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.
Chair CWA Ian Fleming Steel Judges
has managed and helped develop authors’ literary estates for nearly 30 years. She is Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and also owns and manages the literary estate of children’s author, Willard Price.
is a Kent-based podiatrist with a keen interest in crime fiction. Myles is sometime book reviewer and co-founder of CrimeFest, the crime writing convention held in Bristol.
Donna is an avid reader, writer and occasional reviewer of crime fiction. She is co-host of Crimefest and also does the programming for Magna cum Murder in Indiana. In her day job, she is an adult literacy tutor and is also currently undertaking a PhD.
Zoe began her career in the book trade as a bookseller before working for many years in the field of intellectual property and literary estate management. More recently, she worked for a leading literary agency before taking on the varied challenges of parenthood! Zoe now works as a freelance intellectual property consultant and editor.
David Headley is the Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, a much admired, leading independent bookseller, based in central London. He is also the managing director of the D H H Literary Agency.
Marek Pruszewicz is on the board of Ian Fleming Publications. He was a senior editor in BBC News for nearly 20 years and a writer of history features for its website. He’s now director of communications for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, a global NGO.
The nomination period is now OPEN.
Only registered publishers are able to nominate in the CWA Dagger Awards.
The 2018-2019 judging period is April 01, 2018 to March 31, 2019 inclusive.
Please see the updated Terms & Conditions at the link at the bottom of the page.
|The Hunting Party||Lucy Foley||HarperCollins Fiction|
|The Wolf and the Watchman||Niklas Natt och Dag||John Murray|
|This Is What Happened||Mick Herron||John Murray|
|Kill for Me||Tom Wood||Sphere|
|Some Die Nameless||Wallace Stroby||Hodder & Stoughton|
|How It Happened||Michael Koryta||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Battle Sight Zero||Gerald Seymour||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Don’t Make A Sound||David Jackson||Bonnier Zaffre|
|Kiss Me, Kill Me||J.S. Carol||Bonnier Zaffre|
|Ghost||James Swallow||Bonnier Zaffre|
|The Anomaly||Michael Rutger||Bonnier Zaffre|
|Tell Nobody||Patricia Gibney||Bookoutre|
|The Proposal||S.E. Lynes||Bookoutre|
|The Wife Before Me||Laura Elliot||Bookoutre|
|The Perfect Family||Shalini Boland||Bookoutre|
|The Wife’s Secret||Kerry Wilkinson||Bookoutre|
|The Secretary||Renee Knight||Doubleday|
|The House Swap||Rebecca Fleet||Doubleday|
|The Fox||Frederick Forsyth||Bantam Press|
|Ultimatum||Frank Gardner||Bantam Press|
|One False Move||Robert Goddard||Bantam Press|
|Past Tense||Lee Child||Bantam Press|
|The Rumour||Lesley Kara||Bantam Press|
|Our House||Louise Chandlish||Simon & Schuster|
|The Ringmaster||Toby Vintcent||Arcadia Books|
|Our Friends in Berlin||Anthony Quinn||Jonathan Cape|
|Memo from Turner||Tim Willocks||Jonathan Cape|
|The Changeling||Victor LaValle||Canongate Books|
|Sticks and Stones||Jo Jakeman||Harvill Secker|
|Freefall||Jessica Barry||Harvill Secker|
|Star of the North||D.B. John||Harvill Secker|
|Only to Sleep||Lawrence Osborn||Chatto & Windus|
|The Death of Mrs Westaway||Ruth Ware||Harvill Secker|
|The Border||Don Winslow||Harper Fiction|
|The Last Lie||Alex Lake||Harper Fiction|
|Don’t You Cry||Cass Green||Harper Fiction|
|Pieces of Her||Karin Slaughter||Harper Fiction|
|Just Before I Died||S.K. Tremayne||Harper Fiction|
|The Other Woman||Daniel Silva||Harper Fiction|
|The Man Between||Charles Cumming||Harper Fiction|
|Cross Her Heart||Sarah Pinborough||Harper Fiction|
|The Lies We Told||Camilla Way||Harper Fiction|
|To Kill the Truth||Sam Bourne||Quercus Fiction|
|The Stranger Diaries||Elly Griffiths||Quercus Fiction|
|Firefly||Henry Porter||Quercus Fiction|
|The Last||Hanna Jameson||Viking|
|The Liar’s Room||Simon Lelic||Viking|
|The Experimentalist||Nick Salaman||The Dome Press|
|The Murder of Harriet Monckton||Elizabeth Haynes||Myriad Editions|
|The Janus Run||Douglas Skelton||Contrabound|