Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Sorry, have been meaning to let you know about the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger  Award for some time. Kept putting it off. Been busy. Disculpa.

The CWA's Debut Dagger is a competition for unpublished crime writers. Send them your first 3000 words of an unpublished crime novel and £25 before 12 noon on the fifth of February, 2011, and, if the judges like what they read, you may receive £700 and an invitation to a glitzy bash where, I'm sure, you'll meet lots of agents, editors and fellow writers. The prize includes a couple of nights' stay at a hotel  - but not the travel costs.

Go to the site and sign up for the Debut Dagger newsletters. I did. Interesting stuff.

Ryan David Jahn, a visitor to this blog, won the 2010 Crime Writers' Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award.  Ryan picked up the £1000 prize for his novel Acts of Violence published through the  Macmillan New Writing imprint. Go here to read what the judges said about his prize winning novel, and, if so impelled, watch a video of Ryan talking about the making of the book.

The Debut Dagger is the only award of all the Daggers open to writers on their own behalf.

The Debut Dagger is a truly international competition and attracts entries from most, if not all, anglophone countries. You'll find it linked in the sidebar under International Competitions.

No, I refuse, I will not say it's got to be worth a stab. Bugger, I just did, in a roundabout kind of way.

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