Thursday, 27 July 2017

The CWA Dagger Shortlists

I've returned home after a brief and hectic trip to London that involved a variety of meetings (one of them in the historic Reform Club, which I've never been inside before), a pleasant book-signing session in Hatchards, and finally the CWA Daggers shortlist announcements reception at Waterstone's in Piccadilly.

To deal with the personal stuff first, I'm thrilled to say that my story "Murder and its Motives" has been shortlisted for the  CWA Short Story Dagger. This is my fifth appearance on a Dagger list, and it's the third short story of mine to reach this particular shortlist. "Test Drive" did so twelve years ago, and three years later, "The Bookbinder's Apprentice" earned me the Dagger. So I'm naturally very happy.

Happy, too, to see that two other stories from the Detection Club anthology Motives for Murder appeared on the list - those by Michael Ridpath and Len Tyler. What a happy book that has proved to be. I'd also like to say how pleased I am to see Leye Adenie on the shortlist; I've been following his career with keen interest ever since we got to know each other last year. The shortlist also features the legendary James Sallis and Ovidia Yu.

Overall, the event went extremely well, and the attendance was very good. I was especially pleased to meet that fine writer Louise Penny for the first time. The success of the event was due to good work on the part of several people, but I'd like to pay special tribute to Mike Stotter, the CWA Daggers Liaison Officer, an unsung hero of the CWA, who does great work year after year in ensuring that all goes smoothly with the independent judging process. It's that process that ensures the high reputation of the Daggers the world over.



Brian said...

I love to write and one of my dreams is to get a short story of mine published and at some point have one of them earn an award. How does it feel to be on the shortlist? Best of all, how does winning an award make you feel as a writer? Does the feeling of either being shortlisted or winning the award ever get old?

Martin Edwards said...

Thanks, Brian, and I very much hope that dream of yours is realised in due course. A very interesting question, one which I might try to answer at length on the blog at some point. My instinctive answers are as follows. I feel that there is inevitably an element of luck in winning awards, as there is in life generally. One has to face not winning and winning with a reasonable amount of equanimity. But that said, I have been hugely excited when I've managed to win awards, and I am still as gratified by a shortlisting or a win as ever.