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For 15 years the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers.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.


Entries have now closed for the Debut Dagger.

If anyone has paid before the deadline but had technical difficulties with submitting their entry, please email your entry as a DOC or PDF attachment to director@thecwa.co.uk as soon as possible.


CWA Debut Dagger Judges

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

L C Tyler

L C Tyler

Chair CWA Debut Dagger Judges

is a British writer of comic crime fiction. His Elsie and Ethelred mysteries feature Ethelred Tressider, a crime writer, and Elsie Thirkettle, his literary agent. L. C. Tyler was raised in Essex and read geography at Jesus College, Oxford University before going on to study systems analysis at City University in London. He worked for the British Council in Malaysia, Sudan, Thailand and Denmark, before becoming Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, then a full-time writer. His Ethelred and Elsie series has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award in the US and The Herring in the Library won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at Bristol Crimefest in 2011. He has published a number of short stories in magazines and anthologies, including the CWA’s Guilty Consciences. His latest crime series is set in the seventeenth century and features the lawyer, John Grey.
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.
Bill Massey

Bill Massey

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