2021 Dagger Awards

"The CWA Dagger Awards are the premier literary crime writing awards in the United Kingdom. Our 11 Daggers are (mainly) nominated by publishers and judged by industry professionals."

Check out the winners of this year's Dagger Awards below!


 

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.

 

     

    

    

  

Longlisted  

 


Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

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.

     

   

  

Longlisted


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.
   

     

  

Longlisted

 


Crime Fiction in Translation 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.

    

   

   

Longlisted

 


ALCS Gold 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.

    

    

  

Longlisted


Sapere Books Historical Dagger

This award is for the best historical crime novel, first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period, set in any period up to 50 years prior to the year in which the award will be made. For novels that involve passages set later than this time period, at least three quarters of the book should be set in an earlier period.


    

    

  

Longlisted