The Crime Writers Association

The Gold and Silver Dagger Awards

The Crime Writer's Association Annual Dagger Awards are the most prestigious British awards in the field of crime writing. The Gold Dagger is awarded for best novel published in the English language in that year , and the CWA Silver Dagger to the runner-up. Have patience--I'll get 'em all in here one day....

One thing I've noticed, though, is that the names of the awards -- and the number of awards -- can vary significantly from year to year, as the CWA opens up them up to various sponsors (The "Cartier Diamond Dagger") or to honour various writers (The "Ellis Peters" Historical Dagger").

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As usual, private eye novels, or at least those of more than general interest to P.I. fans are marked by an asterisk.

For more info, visit The CWA Web Site.


1988 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1988 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD

1988 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1989 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1989 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1989 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1990 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1990 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1990 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1991 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1991 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1991 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1992 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

992 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1992 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1993 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1993 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1993 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1994 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1994 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1994 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1995 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1995 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1995 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1996 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1996 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1993 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1997 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1997 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1997 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD


1998 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

1998 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD

1998 CWA SILVER DAGGER AWARD

  • Manchester Slingback by Nicholas Blincoe
  • Fire Hawk by Geoffrey Archer
  • A Long Finish by Michael Dibdin
  • On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill
  • King Suckerman by George P. Pelecanos*

THE JOHN CREASEY AWARD FOR BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL
Announced at the Dead on Deansgate convention in Manchester.

  • Garnet Hill by Denise Mina

THE SHORT STORY DAGGER

  • "Roots" by Jerry Sykes (Mean Times, edited by Jerry Sykes)
  • "Master Eld, His Wayzgoose" by Chaz Brenchley (Shakespearean
    Detectives, edited by Mike Ashley)
  • "Unknown Pleasures" by Ian Rankin ('Mean Times, edited by Jerry
    Sykes)
  • "The Hanged Man" by Ian Rankin for (broadcast on BBC Radio)

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

  • Cries Unheard by Gitta Sereny
  • The Informer by Sean O'Callaghan
  • The Victorian Underworld by Donald Thomas


1999 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

The winners of the fiction, non-fiction, and short story awards were announced on Thursday, the 9th of December at the Cafe Royal in London. All the awards were presented to the winners at the Dagger Award Lunch that same day

THE GOLD DAGGER AWARD

  • Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
  • Phreak by Denise Danks
  • Staring At The Light by Frances Fyfield
  • Vienna Blood by Adrian Matthews
  • A Place Of Execution by Val McDermid
  • Dead Souls by Ian Rankin
  • A Small Death In Lisbon by Robert Wilson

THE SHORT STORY DAGGER

  • "Taking Care Of Frank" by Anthony Mann (Crimewave 2)
  • "Damn Spot" by Julian Rathbone (Past Poisons)
  • "Symptoms Of Loss" by Jerry Sykes (Crimewave 1)

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

  • The Dragon Syndicates by Martin Booth
  • The Case Of Stephen Lawrence by Brian Cathcart
  • The Sceptical Witness by Stuart S. Kind

THE JOHN CREASEY AWARD FOR BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL

  • Lie In Darkness by Dan Fesperman
  • Provocation by Charlotte Grimshaw
  • Quinn by Seumas Smyth

THE ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD

  • Two For The Lions by Lindsey Davis (Marcus Didius Falco)*
  • Falconer And The Great Beast by Ian Morson
  • Wings Of Fire by Charles Todd

THE CARTIER DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD
For a significant contribution to crime-writing.

  • Margaret Yorke


2000 DAGGER AWARDS

This year the Daggers were sponsored by The Macallan, "distillers of the finest Single Highland Malt Whisky," just like the press release says...

THE MACALLAN GOLD DAGGER FOR FICTION

THE MACALLAN SILVER DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • Friends in High Places by Donna Leon
  • Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Purple Cane Road by James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux)*
  • The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
  • Lost by Lucy Wadham for Lost (Faber & Faber)

THE MACALLAN GOLD DAGGER FOR NON FICTION

  • Mr Blue by Edward Bunker
  • Cocky by Tony Barnes, Richard Elisa and Peter Walsh
  • Wainewright the Poisoner by Andrew Motion
  • Bloggs 19 by Tony Thompson
  • The Life and Death of Lord Errol by Errol Trzebinski(Fourth Estate)

THE MACALLAN SHORT-STORY DAGGER

  • "Helena and the Babies" by Denise Mina (Fresh Blood 3)
  • "Bad Boyz Klub" by Doug Allyn (From Diagnosis: Dead)
  • "For All the Saints" by Gillian Linscott (Chronicles of Crime)
  • "Blue Devils" by James Sallis (James Sallis)

THE JOHN CREASEY MEMORIAL DAGGER
For a first time novelist writing crime fiction

  • God is a Bullet by Boston Teran
  • Stone Baby by Joolz Denby
  • Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper

THE DEBUT DAGGER
For best chapter by an unpublished writer

  • A Flowery Death by Simon Levack

THE CARTIER DIAMOND DAGGER
Awarded for a lifetime's achievement in the genre of crime writing

  • Peter Lovesey

THE ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER
For best historical crime novel

  • Absent Friends by Gillian Linscott
  • River Of Darkness by Rennie Airth
  • Guilty Knowledge by Clare Curzon
  • The Murdered House by Pierre Magnan
  • The Devil's Highway by Hannah March
  • Death Of An Effendi by Michael Pearce
  • A Little Death by Laura Wilson

2001 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

OOPS! I seemed to have missed a year...


2002 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

This year the Daggers were sponsored by The Macallan, "distillers of the finest Single Highland Malt Whisky," just like the press release says...

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • The Athenian Murders by Jose Carlos Samoza

THE SILVER DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • The Final Country by James Crumley (Milo Milodragovitch)*
  • Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce by James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux)*
  • City Of Bones by Michael Connolly
  • Acid Row by Minette Walters

THE STEEL DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • The Sirius Crossing by John Creed

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

  • Dead Man's Wages by Lillian Pizzichini

THE MACALLAN SHORT-STORY DAGGER

  • "Martha Grace" by Stella Duffy (2002, Tart Noir)

DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

  • Peter Robinson

2003 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

Winners (with one exception) were announced and Daggers presented at the CWA 50th Jubilee Dagger Awards Lunch at the Brewery, Chiswell Street, London on Thursday 13 November. (The exception was the winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, which were announced at the Savoy on the evening of Wednesday 22 October.)

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • Fox Evil by Minette Walters

THE SILVER DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • Half Broken Things by Morag Joss
  • The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin
  • The Company by Robert Littell
  • Almost Blue by Carlo Lucarelli
  • The Blind Man Of Seville by Robert Wilson

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

  • Pointing From The Grave by Samantha Weinberg
  • Wicked Beyond Belief by Michael Bilton
  • Devil In The White City by Erik Larson
  • Imprint Of The Raj by Chandak Sengoopta
  • Underworld At War by Donald Thomas
  • Gang War by Peter Walsh

THE JOHN CREASEY MEMORIAL DAGGER
For first books by previously unpublished writers

  • Mission Flats by William Landay
  • Backlash by Rod Duncan
  • Dissolution by CJ Sansom

THE SHORT-STORY DAGGER

  • "Closer To The Flame" by Jerry Sykes
  • "Dollface" by Marion Arnott
  • "Doctor's Orders" by Judith Cutler
  • "Les Inconnus" by Kate Ellis
  • "Ester Gordon Framlingham" by Anthony Mann

DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY
Awarded to an author for a body of work, not one single title.

  • Stephen Booth
  • Christopher Brookmyre
  • Anne Cleeves
  • Julia Parsons
  • Mike Ripley*

THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER FOR FICTION
For thrillers. Sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications

  • The Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman
  • Persuader by Lee Child
  • Candlemouth by Roger Jon Ellroy
  • The Nightspinners by Lucretia Grindle
  • The Company by Robert Littell
  • Empire State by Henry Porter
  • Traitor's Kiss by Gerald Seymour

THE ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER
For best historical crime novel

  • The American Boy by Andrew Taylor
  • The White Russian by Tom Bradby
  • The Advocate by Marcello Fois
  • London Dust by Lee Jackson
  • Blood on the Wood by Gillian Linscott
  • Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
  • The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer

THE DEBUT DAGGER
For unpublished books, awarded on the basis of one chapter and a synopsis.

  • The Cuckoo by Kirsty Evans
  • The Woman From Smyrna by Duncan Brewer
  • The Third Room by Sandra Charan
  • Speak Now by Margaret Dumas
  • Speak No Evil by Avriel Geneson
  • Without Apparent Reason by Judy Larkin
  • The Long Train by Peter Wynn Norris
  • Lunchbox Hero by Bryon Quertermous
  • Driftlines by Chris Rose
  • The Mouths of Men by Melissa Kate Rowberry
  • Soul of the Desert by Maria E. Schneider
  • The Amazing GM Dog by Michael Shenton
  • Days of Future Past by Betty Jacque
  • On the Albi by Otis Twelve

2004 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

The winners were announced at a luncheon in the King George III Room, The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD on Tuesday, November 9th. Former Director General of the BBC, Greg Dyke was the guest speaker. This was the first Dagger Awards Luncheon to be sponsored by the BCA and they announced the winner of their own Mystery Thriller People's Choice award.

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • Blacklist by Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski)*

THE SILVER DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • Flesh and Blood by John Harvey

THE MYSTERY THRILLER BOOK CLUB PEOPLE'S CHOICE

  • Good Morning, Midnight by Reginald Hill

THE MYSTERY THRILLER BOOK CLUB PEOPLE'S CHOICE GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

  • Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia by John Dickie
  • The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London by Sarah Wise

THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
For thrillers. Sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications

  • Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver

THE JOHN CREASEY MEMORIAL DAGGER
For first books by previously unpublished writers

  • Amagansett from Fourth Estate by Mark Mills

THE ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER
For best historical crime novel

  • The Damascened Blade by Barbara Cleverly

THE MYSTERY THRILLER BOOK CLUB SHORT STORY DAGGER

  • "The Weekender" by Jeffrey Deaver (from Twisted)

THE DEBUT DAGGER
For unpublished books, awarded on the basis of one chapter and a synopsis.

  • The Doll Makers by Ellen Grubb

    NOTE: The Canadian writer Louise Penny was very highly commended for her entry Still Life, which missed taking the Debut Dagger by "only a whisker."

DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY
Awarded to an author for a body of work, not one single title.

  • Alexander McCall Smith.

THE CARTIER DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD
To mark a lifetime's achievement in crime writing

  • Lawrence Block*

2005 CWA DAGGER AWARDS

The winners were announced at a luncheon in the King George III Room, The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD on Tuesday, November 8th. Terry Pratchett (right) was the guest speaker. This Dagger Awards Luncheon was one of the largest the CWA has ever held, with over 300 attendees.

THE DAGGER OF DAGGERS
To mark the Golden Jubilee, the membership of the CWA was given the unique opportunity to vote for the past winner of the Crossed Red Herring or the Gold Dagger whom they felt was the best of the best - the Dagger of Daggers.

  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carré

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason

THE SILVER DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • Deadly Web by Barbara Nadel

THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
For thrillers. Sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications

  • Brandenburg by Henry Porter

THE JOHN CREASEY MEMORIAL DAGGER
For first books by previously unpublished writers

  • Running Hot by Dreda Say Mitchell

THE ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER
For best historical crime novel

  • Dark Fire by CJ Sansom

    NOTE: Special mention to The Portrait by Iain Pears.

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

  • On The Run by Gregg and Gina Hill

THE SHORT STORY DAGGER

  • "No Flies on Frank" by Danuta Reah (Issue 64, Sherlock Magazine)

THE DEBUT DAGGER
For unpublished books, awarded on the basis of one chapter and a synopsis.

  • The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall

    NOTE: Also highly commended was The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan Runholt

THE DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY
Awarded to an author for a body of work, not one single title.

  • Jake Arnott

    NOTE: Also highly Commended for this award was Joolz Denby.

THE CARTIER DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD
To mark a lifetime's achievement in crime writing

  • Ian Rankin, OBE

2006 CWA DAGGER AWARDS
THE GOLD DAGGER FOR FICTION
The awards were presented on June 29, 2006, at a black tie dinner this evening at the Waldorf Hilton, in London's Aldwych. Guest of honour was James Naughtie.

THE DUNCAN LAWRIE DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

THE DUNCAN LAWRIE INTERNATIONAL DAGGER FOR FICTION
For the best crime novel translated into English

  • The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas, translated by Siân Reynolds

THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
For the best adventure/thriller novel in the vein of James Bond. Sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications

  • Mr Clarinet by Nick Stone*

THE ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER
For best historical crime novel

  • Red Sky Lament by Edward Wright (John Ray Horn)*

THE GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

  • The Dagenham Murder by Linda Rhodes, Lee Shelden and Kathryn Abnett

THE NEW BLOOD DAGGER
Awarded in memory of CWA founder John Creasey

  • Still Life by Louise Penny

THE DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY
Awarded to "the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to readers."

  • Jim Kelly

    NOTE: Lesley Horton was highly commended in this category.

THE SHORT STORY DAGGER

  • "Sins of Scarlet" by Robert Barnard (ID: Crimes of Identity, edited by Martin Edwards)

THE DEBUT DAGGER
For unpublished books,
open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially.

  • Imp: Being the Lost Notebooks of Rufus Wilmot Griswold In the Matter of the Death of Edgar Allan Poe by Otis Twelve (pseudonym of US writer D V Wesselmann)

THE CARTIER DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD
To mark a lifetime's achievement in crime writing

  • Elmore Leonard*

2007 CWA DAGGER AWARDS
The awards were presented at a black tie dinner at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane in London, in the presence of the guest of honour Bob Marshall-Andrews, QC, MP.

THE DUNCAN LAWRIE DAGGER FOR FICTION

  • The Broken Shore by Peter Temple

THE DUNCAN LAWRIE INTERNATIONAL DAGGER FOR FICTION
For the best crime novel translated into English

  • Wash this Blood Clean from my Hand by Fred Vargas; translated by Sîan Reynolds

THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
For the best adventure/thriller novel in the vein of James Bond. Sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications

  • Sharp Objects by Gillian FlynnThis is the second year of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger - formerly the CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction - with a prize of £20,000. This is now the largest award for crime fiction in the world. The winner is Peter Temple for his novel The Broken Shore, published by Quercus. He said: “It's a huge thrill to win the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for The Broken Shore. You're up against some of the world's best crime writers in English. I was proud enough just to be the first Aussie to make the shortlist, let alone win.”

THE NEW BLOOD DAGGER
Awarded in memory of CWA founder John Creasey

  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

THE DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY
Awarded to "the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to readers."

  • Stuart MacBride

THE DEBUT DAGGER
For unpublished books,
open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially.

  • The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie by Alan BradleyThe Diamond Dagger

THE ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER
For best historical crime novel

  • Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

THE SHORT STORY AWARD
Formerly the Short Story Dagger

  • "Needle Match" by Peter Lovesey (The Best British Mysteries IV, edited by Maxim Jakubowski)

THE DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION
Now awarded every other year.

THE JOHN CREASEY AWARD

  • Peter N Walker, for his outstanding contribution to the Crime Writers' Association.

THE FISH-KNIFE SHORT STORY COMPETITION

  • Orlaith O'Sullivan and Ewan Gault

THE CARTIER DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD
To mark a lifetime's achievement in crime writing

  • John Harvey.

2008 CWA DAGGER AWARDS
Entries are now invited for the 2008 Daggers. Any UK publisher may enter books provided that the book is relevant to the appropriate award and was published between June 1 2007 and May 31 2008. (For the biennial Non-Fiction Dagger the earlier date is June 1 2006.) The final closing date is April 17 2008. For further details, please visit The CWA Web Site.

THE CARTIER DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD
To mark a lifetime's achievement in crime writing

  • Sue Graton*

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