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 150 books per year. We keep the judges locked away on an island mansion off the coast of Devon until they have read them all!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|