Longlists for the coveted 2020 CWA Daggers will be revealed at noon on Friday 5 June for its ten categories, including non-fiction, short stories and debut crime fiction.
The world-famous Crime
Writers’ Association (CWA) Daggers, which honour the very best in crime
writing, are the oldest awards in the genre. Created in 1955, the CWA Daggers
have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century.
Past winners of the
Gold Dagger (best crime novel) include Jane Harper, Mick Herron, Ann Cleeves,
Ian Rankin, Belinda Bauer and Val McDermid. The Daggers are also renowned for
showcasing new talent with the coveted John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, which
in the past has spotted now established names including Dreda Say Mitchell,
Louise Welsh and Gillian Flynn.
Judging year 2019-2020
has seen a major reorganisation of the Daggers’ judging panels with an infusion
of new blood to create a diverse cross-section of jurors.
CWA Honorary Vice
Chair, Maxim Jakubowski, said the refreshed juries were to “move with the times
and reflect the diversity of tastes and choices of the reading public.”
Linda Stratmann, Chair
of the Crime Writers’ Association, added: “It’s been an exciting period after a recent review and refreshing of the judging panels with existing judges moved to different
categories, and new judges brought in. We are committed to ensuring the awards
remain exciting, relevant and independent.”
New judges include
former Guardian crime correspondent turned author, Duncan Campbell, leading
book blogger and Daily Express reviewer Anne Cater, popular culture chronicler
Woody Haut, broadcaster Angela Rippon and head reviewer for Love Reading, Liz
All titles for the CWA
Dagger awards are put forward by publishers.
The shortlist will be
announced later in the year, before the glittering awards ceremony which is due
to take place on 22 October with guest speaker, the TV presenter turned crime
novelist, Richard Osman. The ceremony will be conducted online, if required.
The longlist will be
available on the CWA website
from noon on 5 June, as well as via its Facebook,