CWA Gold Dagger

The CWA Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year. It was originally created in 1955, under the name of the Crossed Red Herrings Award. The first winner was Winston Graham for The Little Walls. It was renamed the Gold Dagger in 1960 and has been awarded ever since with variations in its name depending on sponsorship. Up to 2005 books in translation were eligible for this prize. In 2006 the CWA established a separate dagger for books in translation, recognising the work of the translator as well as that of the original author.

CWA Gold Dagger Judges

The CWA Gold judges have a particular mountain to climb as the award receives, on average, over 160 books per year. To ensure the judges read them all, they have a lavish carriage, on a certain train route, just to make sure.

Richard Reynolds

Richard Reynolds

Chair CWA Goldsboro Gold Judges

has been a bookseller for over thirty-five years and is the organiser of regular events for readers of crime fiction at Heffers in Cambridge, including the annual events  What’s Your Poison & Murder under the Mistletoe, the editor of the Oleander Press London Bound series of classic crime novels and is an expert in Crime fiction.

Ursula Mackenzie

Ursula Mackenzie

Judge

was CEO of Little, Brown Book Group from 2006 – 2015. Following a period as Chairman she retired at the end of 2016 and now sits as a non-executive director on the Boards of Profile and Andrew Nurnberg Associates. She has always been a great enthusiast for crime fiction and a supporter of both the CWA and the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate.

Marcel Berlins

Marcel Berlins

Marcel Berlins is a former lawyer turned award-winning journalist. He has written and broadcast extensively on a large variety of subjects for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, and on radio and television. He is the crime fiction and thrillers critic for The Times.

 

Karen Blewett

Karen Blewett

Judge

has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years, in a variety of senior financial and operational roles for Dorling Kindersley, Time Warner and Little Brown. She currently works part time as a consultant in the publishing industry which leaves time for lots of reading.

Janice Pfister

Janice Pfister

Judge

has a nursing and archaeology background with a particular interest in forensics. For the last 14 years she has worked for Waterstones as a bookseller.

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.

Jo Hesselwood

Jo Hesselwood

Judge

discovered crime fiction in the library of the small fenland town in which she grew up. She has been Secretary of/Events Organiser for the Margery Allingham Society for several years and is an occasional reviewer.

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The nomination period for the CWA Daggers is now open.

Only registered publishers are able to nominate in the CWA Dagger Awards.
The 2017-2018 judging period is for works published between April 01, 2017 to March 31, 2018 inclusive.
The final deadline for submitting a work is February 28, 2018.

 

 

Title Author Publisher
Undertow Anthony Quinn Head of Zeus
District VIII Adam LeBor Head of Zeus
Perfect Prey Helen Fields Avon
The Fear C.L. Taylor Avon
The Angel Katerina Diamond Avon
The Restless Dead Simon Beckett Bantam Press
Girl Zero A.A. Dhand Bantam Press
The Child Fiona Barton Bantam Press
Into the Water Paula Hawkins Doubleday
The Smiling Man Joseph Knox Doubleday
London Rules Mick Herron John Murray Publishers
The Lies Within Jane Isaac Legend Press
End Game David Baldacci Macmillan
The Collector Fiona Cummins Macmillan
The Wife Between Us Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Macmillan
Safe Ryan Gattis Picador
The Seagull Ann Cleaves Macmillan
Need You Dead Peter James Macmillan
Y is for Yesterday Sue Grafton Mantle
Girl in Snow Danya Kukafka Picador
Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke Serpent’s Tail
Time to Win Harry Brett Corsair
The Mechanical Devil Kate Ellis Piatkus
Torn Anne Randall Constable
The Well of Ice Andrea Carter Constable
Death on the Canal Anja de Jager Constable
I Did It For Us Alison Bruce Constable
The Polish Detective Hania Allen Constable
The Girl in the Green Dress Cath Staincliffe Constable
The Weight of Angels Catriona McPherson Constable
Where She Went B.E. Jones Constable
The Marsh King’s Daughter Karen Dionne Sphere
Love Like Blood Mark Billingham Little, Brown
Dead in the Dark Stephen Booth Sphere
Odd Child Out Gilly Macmillan Sphere
Truly Evil Mark Hardie Sphere
Only the Dead Can Tell Alex Gray Sphere
The Secret She Keeps Michael Robothom Sphere
Insidious Intent Val McDermid Little, Brown
Glass Houses Louise Penny Sphere
Let Me Lie Claire Mackintosh Sphere
Beau Death Peter Lovesey Sphere
Force of Nature Jane Harper Little, Brown
Want You Gone Chris Brookmyre Little, Brown
Since We Fell Dennis Lehane Little, Brown
The Fallen Ace Atkins Corsair
The Child Finder Rene Denfeld Weidenfeld & Nicolson
A Twist of the Knife Becky Masterman Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Down the River Unto the Sea Walter Mosley Weidenfeld & Nicolson
The Special Girls Isabelle Grey Quercus Fiction
The Dark Angel Elly Griffiths Quercus Fiction
I’ll Keep You Safe Peter May Riverrun
The Therapy House Julie Parsons New Island
A Dark So Deadly Stuart MacBride HarperFiction
Scared to Death Kate Medina HarperFiction
Now We Are Dead Stuart MacBride HarperFiction
The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn HarperFiction
A Killing Mind Luke Delaney HarperFiction
While You Sleep Stephanie Merritt HarperFiction
The Good Daughter Karin Slaughter HarperFiction
These Darkening Days Benjamin Myers Moth
Merlin at War Mark Ellis London Wall Publishers
Chance Ken Nunn No Exit Press
Deadly Alibi Leigh Russell No Exit Press
Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies Ace Atkins No Exit Press
The Language of Secrets Ausma Zehanat Khan No Exit Press
The Fighter Michael Farris Smith No Exit Press
Walden of Bermondsey Peter Murphy No Exit Press
Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay Reed Farrel Coleman No Exit Press
Calling Down the Storm Peter Murphy No Exit Press
Class Murder Leigh Russell No Exit Press
Night Market Daniel Pembrey No Exit Press
Hoarder Jess Kidd Canongate Books
The Unquiet Dead Ausma Zehanat Khan No Exit Press

The nomination period opens July 27th 2017

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