Robert Ferrigno wins the CWA Short Story Dagger

Prize: £500

The results of the 2010 CWA Short Story Dagger were announced at an awards ceremony held at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate:

Winner: Can You Help Me Out Here by Robert Ferrigno

Robert Ferrigno has showcased an ability to mix humour with suspense along with having a knack for creating villains that make you smile even as they send chills down your spine.

Runner-up: The Weapon by Jeffery Deaver

High stakes and lack of time are the order of the day. Shaped by today’s headlines it is intriguing, topical and thrilling.

This competition was open to 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, between 1st June, 2009 and 31st May, 2010.

The Price of Love Thriller 2

Both the winner and the runner-up were published in Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down, edited by Clive Cussler and published by MIRA Books, an imprint of Harlequin Mills & Boon. So were all but one of this year’s shortlisted stories, the exception being Peter Robinson’s collectionThe Price of Love, published by Hodder & Stoughton.

The shortlisted stories (plus the judges’ comments) are:

A Calculated Risk by Sean Chercover
Scuba diving takes on a new significance on the other side of the law. Subtly and deftly told with a menacing atmosphere.

Boldt’s Broken Angel by Ridley Pearson
With one of the most memorable and compelling opening scenes, Boldt's Broken Angel follows Detective Boldt as he tracks down a twisted serial killer. A model thriller.

Like a Virgin by Peter Robinson (from The Price of Love)
A cold case brings back memories of a number of brutal murders and its repercussions. Elegantly written containing many unforgettable images and karma that comes back to haunt you.

Killing Time by Jon Land
Time is the enemy of a professional killer after a murder goes terribly wrong. Gruesome, but an intriguing and thoroughly credible story.

Protecting the Innocent by Simon Wood
A stubborn lovestruck protagonist is not averse to taking a little risk, but how far would you go for love? A tangled tale with horrific consequences for the love struck characters.



Ayo Onatade Chairperson, writes for a number of crime fiction websites including, Mystery Women and Crimespree Magazine.

Simon Brett is the author of over eighty books, many of which are crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto and Twinks series. He is also President of the Detection Club.

Adrian Magson is a freelance writer, crime author and reviewer, with more than 300 short stories published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and overseas.

To be eligible in this round, the stories must have had their first UK publication between 1 June 2009 and 31 May 2010.