CWA Debut Dagger

For 15 years the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers. The submissions are judged by a panel of top crime editors and agents, and the short listed entries are sent to publishers and agents. The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. All shortlisted entrants will receive a professional assessment of their entries. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be seen leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors.

CWA Debut Dagger Judges

Our judges bring the longlist down to shortlist and then to an overall winner.

To submit for the Debut Dagger 2017 click here

To submit for the Debut Dagger 2017 click here
Stephanie Glencross

Stephanie Glencross

Judge

Frankie Gray

Frankie Gray

Judge

Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell

Judge

Hailed as ‘a brilliant talent’ by Jeffery Deaver and ‘a deeply human voice’ by Peter James, Leigh Russell writes the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series of psychological crime thrillers. As well as receiving rave reviews on numerous renowned sites like CrimeTime,Crimesquad and Eurocrime, her books have attracted glowing reviews in journals as diverse as The TimesThe New York Journal of Books and Star Magazine, to name just a few.
Katherine Armstrong

Katherine Armstrong

Judge

Katherine is the senior commissioning editor with Bonnier Zaffre.

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