The CWA Dagger Awards
The CWA Dagger Awards are the longest established literary awards in the UK and are internationally recognised as a mark of excellence and achievement.
The Crime Writers' Association was established in 1953 by crime writer John Creasey. The Daggers began with what was originally known as the Crossed Red Herring Award in 1955 and have grown from there. 10 Daggers are awarded every year.
There are a number of highly coveted categories in the CWA Dagger Awards, but we feel the most exciting is the New Blood (John Creasey) Dagger which celebrates brand new talent in the genre.
Pictured: Judges of the John Creasey Dagger, including Peter Crawshaw from Lovereading, celebrating with the winner Chris Whitaker
The winners of the Daggers were:
Diamond Dagger - Ann Cleeves
Gold Dagger - The Dry by Jane Harper
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Spook Street by Mick Herron
Endeavour Historical Dagger - A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee
John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Short Story Dagger -The Trials of Margaret by LC Tyler in Motives for Murder
International Dagger - The Dying Detective by Leif G W Persson
Debut Dagger - Strange Fire by Sherry Rankin
Dagger in the Library - Mari Hannah
Click here to see the full list of the long and the shortlists for all the Daggers.
To find out more about the CWA Dagger Awards you may visit the CWA website by clicking here.
The Daggers name and Crossed Daggers logo are registered Trade Marks of the Crime Writers’ Association.