Current Dagger Cycle
Our nomination period starts on the 1st August annually with a 6 months period of receiving submissions from publishers. The judges are also busy reading during this period before choosing their longlists, then their shortlists and their eventual winners. The winners will be announced on the 11th October 2016.
Chairs of the CWA Daggers
Chair CWA Goldsboro 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. December 2014 saw the publication of The Bodies in the Bookshop Anthology: a literary showcase of crime stories set around Cambridge, books and bookshops (edited by L C Tyler & Ayo Onatade).
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.
Chair CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Judgesworked 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.
Chair CWA International Dagger JudgesJanet Laurence, , also known by her pen nameJulia Lisle, is a British author and cookery writer. From 1978, Laurence began to write cookery articles for Country Life and the The Daily Telegraph. Eventually she became the sole author of the Telegraphs weekly ‘Bon Viveur’ column. She also wrote a series of articles in Country Life about historical cooking.She has written or co-written eight cookery books, notably books about Scandinavian cooking. 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 also wrote one non-series mystery fiction book, ‘To Kill The Past’.Laurence has also written four historical crime novels – three books where the detective is a fictionalised Canaletto (the Italian artist),and one set in early Edwardian times.Laurence 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.
Chair CWA Non Fiction Dagger JudgesA newspaper journalist for more years than he is prepared to admit, Robert won what is now the New Blood Dagger with his first book, The Latimer Mercy (now an Endeavour Press e-book retitled An Act of Evil), and has twice been Chair of the CWA.
Chair CWA Dagger in the Library Judgesis 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.
Chair CWA Short Story Dagger Judgeswhen 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.
L C Tyler
Chair CWA Debut Dagger Judgesis a British writer of comic crime fiction. His Elsie and Ethelred mysteries feature Ethelred Tressider, a crime writer, and Elsie Thirkettle, his literary agent. L. C. Tyler was raised in Essex and read geography at Jesus College, Oxford University before going on to study systems analysis at City University in London. He worked for the British Council in Malaysia, Sudan, Thailand and Denmark, before becoming Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, then a full-time writer. His Ethelred and Elsie series has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award in the US and The Herring in the Library won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at Bristol Crimefest in 2011. He has published a number of short stories in magazines and anthologies, including the CWA’s Guilty Consciences. His latest crime series is set in the seventeenth century and features the lawyer, John Grey.
Chair CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Judgesis 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’.