Current Dagger Cycle

Our nomination period starts early in June 2018 with the judging period being April 01, 2018 through to March 31, 2019. The judges are busy reading during this period before choosing their longlists (announced in May 2019), then their shortlists (announced in July 2019). The winners will be announced at a gala dinner held in October 2019.

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The Crime Writers’ Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham for The Little Walls. Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.

Chairs of the CWA Daggers

Richard Reynolds

Richard Reynolds

Chair CWA Gold Dagger 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.

Corinne Turner

Corinne Turner

Chair CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Judges

is the Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller, ‘one simply has to turn the pages’. Eligible books in this category are thrillers set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction, psychological thrillers and action/adventure stories.

Maxim Jakubowski

Maxim Jakubowski

Chair CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Judges

worked for many years in book publishing as an editor and launched the Murder One Bookshop, which he owned and ran for over 20 years. He now writes, edits and translates full-time in London. The series The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume, which he edits and now at volume 13, has printed many winners of the CWA Short Story Dagger. His website is maximjakubowski.co.uk.

Janet Laurence

Janet Laurence

Chair CWA International Dagger Judges

Janet Laurence, also known by her pen nameJulia Lisle, is a British author and cookery writer. Laurence’s first crime novel, ‘A Deepe Coffyn’, was published in 1989, the first of ten contemporary novels featuring cookery writer Darina Lisle and policeman William Pigram. She was the 1998/1999 Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association,and has been Chair of a number of CWA award judging panels including in 2007 and 2008 for the CWA Ellis Peters Award for best Historical Crime Novel and since 2013 for the CWA International Dagger.

Philip Gooden

Philip Gooden

Chair CWA ALCAS Gold Dagger for Non Fiction Judges

Philip Gooden read English at Magdalen College, Oxford, and then taught at secondary school level for many years. In 2001 he became a full-time writer. Philip writes books on the English language as well as historical crime novels and mysteries. He was chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association in 2007-8 and is part of the writing collective, The Medieval Murderers

Mobeena Khan

Mobeena Khan

Chair CWA Dagger in the Library Judges

is a Stock and Reader Development Librarian for Hertfordshire Libraries. The first crime book she remembers reading was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes when she was eight. She hasn’t stopped reading crime fiction since. And still loves Sherlock Holmes.

Ayo Onatade

Ayo Onatade

Chair CWA Short Story Dagger Judges

when not working at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom she can be found doing interviews, writing (including giving conference papers) and reviewing on all things crime fiction related for a number of crime fiction websites including Shotsmag.co.uk and Crimespree Magazine. Ayo can also be found blogging at Shotsmag Confidential.

Leigh  Russell

Leigh Russell

Chair CWA Debut Dagger Judges

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 Times, The New York Journal of Books and Star Magazine, to name just a few.

Eileen Roberts

Eileen Roberts

Chair CWA Historical Dagger Judges

is the organiser of the annual St Hilda’s Mystery & Crime Weekend. She was Director of Alumnae Relations at St Hilda’s College from 1991 until 2007 and is now Project Consultant to its Development & Alumnae Office. Previously, she spent 20 years (1970-90) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. She has been an avid reader and admirer of Crime & Mystery novels since childhood especially the ‘golden agers’.

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