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!

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 McKenzie

Ursula McKenzie

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
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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