The Debut Dagger Award
For nearly two decades the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers. The submissions are judged by a panel of top crime editors and agents, and the shortlisted entries are presented to publishers and agents. The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a full-length novel published by a traditional publisher.
The international competition is for the
opening of a crime novel not exceeding 3,000 words and a synopsis of 500-1000 words.
Please see the rules for full guidelines.
All shortlisted entrants will receive feedback from the judges about their entries. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be brought to the attention of leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors.
Yet entering the Debut Dagger is more than just entering a competition. You can also join our community via the Facebook Group giving you the opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences and help out your fellow writers. You might also like to sign up to our Debuts mailing list to get regular information about events and competitions likely to be of interest, as well as the fabulous ezine Case Files, showcasing the latest crime writing releases.
Online entry is a two-stage process; first you make your payment and then you submit your entry. The fee is £36 (inc. VAT)
The 2017 competition closes on 28 Feb 24.00 GMT.
Please read the full rules and guidance before submitting your entry. Any difficulties, as from 3 January please email: director[at]thecwa.co.uk.