Crime fans everywhere can nominate their favourite authors online and the ten authors with the most votes will make up the longlist. The response received last year was staggering, with 1,384 crime fans voting for 636 different authors, highlighting the extraordinary quality and variety in crime writing.
Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for an author’s entire body of work and is one of six highly prized CWA Dagger Awards awarded to crime writers since 1955. This year’s shortlist and winner will decided by a panel of judges including previous winner Sharon Bolton, CWA Director Lucy Santos and a panel of UK librarians.
Anyone nominating an author (or three) via the Dead Good Books website will also be entered into a prize draw to win £200 worth of crime fiction from Penguin Random House.
Nominations close on Monday 14th April and the 2015 winner will be announced at the CWA Awards Dinner on the 30th June.
For those that haven’t seen the show before look up Episode 2 of the 2014 season which aired on the 23rd September for a chance to see myself and my Crimesquad.com partner Chris in action in the end of show quiz.
And if you missed that show, don’t worry. There’s another chance to catch Chris and I in action being shown on Monday 20th October, ITV3 9PM BST