I'm delighted that the ALCS is to sponsor the Crime Writers' Association Dagger for Non-Fiction

I'm delighted with the news that the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is the new sponsor for the annual Crime Writers' Association Dagger for Non-Fiction, which is awarded in July each year. I am a member of both the Crime Writers' Association and the ALCS.  The ALCS is a membership organisation for writers run by its Members, for its Members. It protects and promotes the rights of authors writing in all disciplines and ensures authors receive fair payment for the various uses of their work around many parts of the World.

The Crime Writers'  Association Dagger awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham for The Little Walls. Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently nine Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA. In addition the CWA/Ellis Peters Historical Award is given to the best historical novel of the year.

I am very proud and pleased that my DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novels and thrillers were longlisted in 2008 for the Dagger in the Library Award. And who knows one day I might actually win one of these prestigious awards!

Commenting on the new sponsorship deal, Chief Executive Barbara Hayes of the ALCS said: "ALCS is delighted to offer its support in sponsoring the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Non-Fiction Dagger. It is part of ALCS' remit to promote the work of all types of writers and we are delighted to be involved with the CWA in promoting a genre that has captured the hearts and imaginations of British authors and readers for so long."

CWA chair Peter James said: "This is terrific news. The ALCS is an important organisation and we are delighted that they will be sponsoring next year's award."


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