Poll results revealed at our 60th Anniversary Celebration
Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes triumph
Sponsored by H W Fisher
In 2013 the CWA is celebrating sixty years of supporting and promoting the work of crime writers, one of the most popular of literary genres, with a staggering capacity of reinventing itself. On the night of our 60th birthday we revealed the hotly anticipated results of our poll to find the greatest crime writer, crime series and crime novel:
WINNER Best Ever Novel: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
WINNER Best Ever Author – AGATHA CHRISTIE
WINNER Best Ever Crime Series – SHERLOCK HOLMES
The Debut Dagger Competition is now open and now runs until 31st January. Go on, take a stab at it – send us the opening 3,000 words and a synopsis of your crime novel.
Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be seen by leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors. Sign up to our newsletter to receive a bi-weekly series of tips on entering the competition and join our facebook page to find a like-minded community of writers.
The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. The first prize is £700 and all shortlisted entrants will receive a professional assessment of their entries. Entry costs £25.
This award is kindly sponsored by Orion Book Group.
Dagger winners announced
Thursday 24 October: This evening, at a star-studded Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013, the winners of the last three CWA Daggers were revealed.
Mick Herron’s Dead Lions was awarded the CWA 2013 Goldsboro Gold Dagger, for the best crime novel of the Year. The Judges described his book as “…a well written, wickedly clever send-up of the classic British spy novel.”
The CWA 2013 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller of the year went to Roger Hobbs for Ghostman. And Derek B Miller won the CWA 2013 John Creasey Dagger, for best new crime writer of the year, with Norwegian by Night.
CWA Manuscript Assessment Service
The Crime Writers’ Association has been receiving very positive feedback from clients of its Manuscript Assessment Service. This service helps you to polish your writing, and prepare your manuscript for submission to agents and publishers. You can choose to submit either the opening chapters or a completed novel. You will then receive a detailed critique from a member of the CWA, all of whom are published crime writers.
Manuscripts can be uploaded via this section of our website, which has full submission guidelines.