Debut Dagger competition

  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 25/02/2022
  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 25/02/2022

Website The Crime Writers' Association

The Debut Dagger is a competition for the opening of a crime novel by a writer who isn’t represented by an agent by the time the competition closes, and who has never had a traditional contract for any novel of any length, or who has never self-published any novel of any length in the last 5 years. Writers submit their opening 3,000 words and a 1,500 word synopsis. The deadline is 6pm GMT of the last working day in February.

Entries from shortlisted writers are sent to UK literary agents and publishers. Every year, authors find representation this way.

For full rules and how to enter the Debut Dagger, please click on The Entry Process below. For info about how the CWA supports our community of debut writers visit the Debuts section.

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