CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
The broadest definition of the thriller novel is used for eligible books; 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 invincible and read them all whilst balancing 1000 ft in the air with a Martini in one hand of course.
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 the Assistant Editor of Shots eZine, writes and reviews for many crime/thriller magazines; an associate member of the CWA, ITW and PWA. He was awarded 2011 David Thompson Memorial Award and The Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fandom in 2013 Bouchercon Albany.
is on the board of Ian Fleming Publications and The Ian Fleming Estate. He is the great-nephew of Ian Fleming.
is an English journalist, broadcaster and author, specialising in culture and the arts. He regularly moderates panels for events such as the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
Professor Heather O'Donoghue
is Professor of Old Norse at the University of Oxford, and an avid reader of all kinds of crime and thriller novels. She has served several terms on the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger judging panel, and reviews crime fiction for various journals.
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.
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.