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 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.

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.

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.

 

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.

David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson

Judge

was once the retail manager for Heffers in Cambridge, and manager of the Norwich branch of Ottakers. He now works for St John’s College, Cambridge and an avid crime fiction reader.

Pippa McAllister

Pippa McAllister

Judge

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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 2018-2019 judging period is for works published between April 01, 2018 to March 31, 2019 inclusive.
The final deadline for submitting a work is February 28, 2019.
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions found at the bottom of the page

 

 

Title Author Publisher
Salt Lane William Shaw Riverrun
Yellowhammer James Henry Riverrun
The Stone Circle Elly Griffiths Quercus Fiction
Dirty Little Secrets Jo Spain Quercus Fiction
Wrong Way Home Isabelle Grey Quercus Fiction
Believe Me JP Delaney Quercus Fiction
Body and Soul John Harvey William Heinemann
The Murder of Harriet Monckton Elizabeth Haynes Myriad Editions
Retribution Richard Anderson Scribe UK
The Wych Elm Tana French Viking
In the Dark Cara Hunter Viking
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