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.

Corinne Turner

Corinne Turner

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.

Myles Allfrey

Myles Allfrey

Judge

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 Moore

Donna Moore

Judge

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 Aquilina

Zoe Aquilina

Judge

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

David Headley

Judge

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

Marek Pruszewicz

Judge

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.

 

 

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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.

 

Title Author Publisher
Now You See Her Heidi Perks Century
And So It Begins Rachel Abbott Wildfire
The Tall Man Phoebe Locke Wildfire
The Hunter Andrew Reid Headline
Deep Dirty Truth Steph Broadribb Orenada Books
Changeling Matt Wesolowski Orenada Books
Good Samaritans Will Carver Orenada Books
The Lingering SJI Holliday Orenada Books
After He Died Michael J. Malone Orenada Books
Dead of Night Michael Stanley Orenada Books
Do No Harm L V Hay Orenada Books
Absolution Paul E. Hardisty Orenada Books
The Old You Louise Voss Orenada Books
Fault Lines Doug Johnstone Orenada Books
The Taking of Annie Thorne C.J. Tudor Michael Joseph
Out of the Dark Gregg Hurwitz Michael Joseph
The Snow Girls Chris Mooney Michael Joseph
Trust No One Anthony Mosawi Michael Joseph
Do Not Disturb Claire Douglas Michael Joseph
The Break Lines James Brabazon Michael Joseph
No Further Questions Gillian McAllister Michael Joseph
Your Closet Friend Karen Perry Michael Joseph
Nightfall Berlin Jack Grimwood Michael Joseph
You Were Gone Tim Weaver Michael Joseph
Lives Laid Away Stephen Mack Jones Soho Crime
A Gift for Dying M.J. Arlidge Michael Joseph
The Good Sister Morgan Jones Mantle
Absolute Proof Peter James Macmillan
The Wife Between Us Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Macmillan
Connect Julian Gough Picador
Give Me Your Hand Megan Abbott Picador
In Her Bones Kate Moretti Titan Books
Half Moon Bay Alice LaPlante Titan Books
The Beloveds Maureen Lindley Titan Books
The Captives Debra Jo Immergut Titan Books
A Breath After Drowning Alice Blanchard Titan Books
The Syndicate Guy Bolton Point Blank
Red Snow Will Dean Point Blank
American Heroin Melissa Scrivner Love Point Blank
The Promise Teresa Driscoll Thomas & Mercer
Her Last Move John Marrs Thomas & Mercer
Truth and Lies Caroline Mitchell Thomas & Mercer
To Die in Vienna Kevin Wignall Thomas & Mercer
Rogue J.B.Turner Thomas & Mercer
Find You in the Dark Nathan Ripley Text Publishing
Two Girls Down Louisa Luna Text Publishing
Under the Bright Lights Garry Disher Text Publishing
On the Java Ridge Jock Serong Text Publishing
Safe Houses Dan Fesperman Head of Zeus
Forget My Name J.S. Monroe Head of Zeus
The Price You Pay Aidan Truhen Serpent’s Tail
Bad Blood E.O. Chirovici Profile Books
All That Glitters Les Cowan Lion Fiction
Seven Skins John Steele Silvertail Books
To the Lions Holly Watt Raven Books
The Flower Girls Alice Clark-Platt Raven Books
Social Creature Tara Isabella Burton Raven Books
Pulse Michael Harvey Bloomsbury Publishing
The Moscow Sleepers Stella Rimington Bloomsbury Publishing
Watching You Lisa Jewell Century
The Secrets You Hide Kate Helm Bonnier Zaffre
Thirteen Steve Cavanagh Orion Fiction
Moscow, Midnight John Simpson John Murray
No Tomorrow Luke Jennings John Murray
The Mosul Legacy Christopher Lowery Urbane
The Winters Lisa Gabriele Harvil Secker
A Double Life Flynn Berry Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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
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