THE CRIME FICTION WRITERS ASSOCIATION (CWA) is responsible for administrating Britain's leading crime fiction awards, The Daggers. Membership is open to any author who has had one crime novel produced by a bona fide publisher. It is a commercial body, of over 450 members, that decides upon the awards.
There are seven Dagger Awards including The CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger which is the largest award for crime fiction in the world for the best crime novel of the year, earning a prize of £20,000.
The CWA awards celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing and are the longest literary awards in the UK. These premier awards are recognised internationally as a mark of excellence.
This year The Daggers were announced in two stages - the first being held in London on the 15th of July and the second, in collaboration with Specsavers Opticians, Cactus TV and ITV3, on the 21st of October but televised on ITV3 last night.
THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER AWARD (Announced July).
For crime fiction, suspense or spy fiction which have been translated into English from their original language, for UK publication. FRED VARGES - THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN, translated by SIAN REYNOLDS.
THE CWA SHORT DAGGER AWARD (Announced July).
Goes to any crime short story first published in the UK in return for payment. SEAN CHERCOVER -ONE SERVING OF BAD LUCK FROM KILLER YEAR.
THE CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY AWARD (Announced July).
Awarded not for an individual book but for the author's body of work. Authors are nominated by UK libraries and readers groups and judged by a panel of librarians. COLIN COTTERILL.
THE CWA DEBUT DAGGER AWARD (Announced July).
Open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. CATHERINE O' KEEFE -THE PATHOLOGIST.
THE CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD (Announced October).
Awarded for the best crime novel of the year. WILLIAM BRODRICK - A WHISPERED NAME.
THE CWA JOHN CREASEY* (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER AWARD (Announced October).
Awarded to a new author of note. JOHN THEORIN - ECHOES FROM THE DEAD.
THE CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER AWARD (Announced October).
Awarded for the best thriller. JOHN HART - THE LAST CHILD.
THE SPECSAVERS ITV3 CRIME THRILLER BEST SELLER DAGGER AWARD (Announced October).
Sponsored by Specsavers Opticians and voted for by ITV3 viewers, this is a brand new award. HELEN CUBAN - HOLD TIGHT.
*Founder of the Crime Writers Association.