MY LIFE IN LIPPY AND LEOPARD PRINT
Originally posted on It's a crime! (Or a mystery...):
Last Thursday night we had a packed and sold out event for the CWA’s Dagger Awards 2012. Let’s start with some clarity and fact. There are 10 Dagger Awards in total. The Diamond Dagger is awarded each year by the CWA committee, from a shortlist nominated by the membership. The two essential criteria for nomination are that the authors’ careers must be marked by sustained excellence and that they must have made a significant contribution to crime fiction. The award is made purely on merit without reference to age, gender or nationality. The other 9 Daggers are subject to individual judging panel determination and for 2012 all had an eligibility date of publication from 1 June 2011 to 31 May 2012 except for the Historical Dagger Award which ran from 16 September 2011 to 31 May 2012.
The timing of the awards is down to their sponsorship deals. Changes to the sponsorship of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger led to the change in eligibility period for 2012. Previously it stood alone with its own ceremony in October or November. This change allowed for a ceremony to cover all the Daggers (last Thursday’s), bar the Gold, Steel and John Creasey which are sponsored by Cactus TV, ITV3 and Specsavers. These Daggers will be awarded, as in the previous years of this sponsorship arrangement, in October at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards televised by ITV3.