Halloween part 2….

Next on the suitably creepy list for this weekend: the CWA Dagger Awards.

CWA is the Crime Writer’s Association, a British group for crime writers, fiction & non- fiction.  Full members are published authors of a book, short story collection, screenplay or drama that has been produced professionally. Associate membership is available for publishers, reviews, producers, and booksellers. Overseas membership is possible in both categories, and there is an Honorary membership category for those who should belong, but don’t fit the above criteria. This group gives a variety of awards:

  1. “CWA Gold Dagger
    This award is for the best crime novel by an author of any nationality, originally written in English, first published in the UK during the Judging Period. The broadest definition of the crime novel defines eligible books including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction.
  2. CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
    This award is for the best thriller novel first published in the UK during the Judging Period. The broadest definition of the thriller novel is used for eligible books; these can be set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction and/or action/ adventure stories. Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that ‘one simply has to turn the page’; this is one of the main characteristics that the judges will be looking for.
  3. CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger
    This award is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period. ‘Best crime novel by a first time author’ means that the author must not have had a novel of any sort published before under any name whatsoever. In the case of novels with more than one author, all the authors must meet this requirement.

    It is up to the publisher to ensure that novels submitted for this award do qualify. Financial penalties to cover time, expenses and reputational damage may be imposed on a publisher whose novel reaches the shortlist when it is ineligible.

  4. CWA International Dagger
    This award is for crime novels (defined by the broadest definition including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction) as long as the book was not originally written in English and has been translated into English for UK publication during the Judging Period.
  5. CWA Dagger for Non-Fiction
    This award is for any non-fiction work on a crime related theme by an author of any nationality as long as the book was first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period. This award encompasses, though is not limited to, non-fiction works relating to true crime, historical crime, crime-related biography and crime-fiction literature.
  6. CWA Short Story Dagger
    This award is for any crime short story first published in the UK in English in a publication that pays for contributions, or broadcast in the UK in return for payment, during the Judging Period.

All books must have been published in a physical format. Titles that have only been published electronically are not eligible. “(Citation link)

All nominees are submitted from the publisher. Vanity publications or self-published works are not considered. Judging is done by committee. The first awards were given in the 1950’s.

For a list of winners, please click HERE

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