‘To receive this award is such an honour… It means so much because, in the early stages, it was librarians and readers who voted me onto the longlist. I grew up in a home that had few books. Libraries were very important to me… It breaks my heart that we are losing so many, along with the expertise of professional librarians who can, and do, deliver so much more than books on shelves. I have campaigned long and hard to keep them open. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for all the support they have given me.’
Mari Hannah, Winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017
The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in the UK and previous winners include Elly Griffiths, Christopher Fowler, Sharon Bolton, Belinda Bauer, Mo Hayder, Colin Cotteril, Craig Russel, Stuart MacBride, Jake Arnott, Alexander McCall Smith, Stephen Booth, Peter Robinson and Lindsey Davis.
Nominating Authors for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2018
Librarians and staff members at libraries are invited to nominate authors for the dagger in the Library.
Up to three members of any one library may nominate. To do so, enter the portal below, but first, please read the criteria. A vote for an author who does not match the criteria is a wasted vote!
This year, we’ve tweaked the criteria.
- Only living authors who have published at least 10 crime books, fiction or non-fiction, with the first book being published in 2008 or earlier, can be considered. In 2018 we want the Dagger in the Library to reward those who have given most pleasure to library users over the years.
- No author who has been shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library in 2017 or 2016 is eligible. The shortlists can be found here: 2017 shortlist | 2016 shortlist.
- No author who has ever won the Diamond Dagger is eligible. The list is here.
- We’d also like an emphasis to be laid on those authors who have given support to libraries over their careers. So if an eligible author has given talks at your library, or publicly supported libraries, please recognise their support with a nomination.
The longlist will be made up of those authors who gain most voters, and who the judges believe best fulfil Criterion 4. Find out more about the judges here.
Up to three librarians or staff members can vote individually from each library. Voting is open until 28 February 2018 from the portal below. It’s easy, but please make sure you’re not voting for an author who isn’t eligible.
The longlists of CWA Dagger in the Library will be announced at CrimeFest in May 2018.
Did you know May was National Crime Writing Month? Find out more.
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