Changes to Daggers announced as Martin wins Ellis Peters

Changes to Daggers announced as Martin wins Ellis Peters

Andrew Martin’s First World War novel The Somme Stations (Faber) has won this year’s Crime Writers Association (CWA) Ellis Peters Award, as the CWA announces changes including a new awards ceremony.

Martin received the £3,000 prize at a ceremony last night (30th November) for the award, which is given to the best historical crime novel, and commemorates the life and work of Cadfael creator Ellis Peters.

CWA chair Peter James said:  “Yet again, our judging panel had a tough task but after much deliberation came up with a truly worthy winner. Historical crime fiction is certainly in a healthy position with so many talented writers at work.”

From 2012, the Ellis Peters Award will rejoin the CWA Daggers stable as part of the organisation’s plans to increase the profile of those awards not included as part of the autumn's ITV3 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards (the International, Non-Fiction, Short Story, Library and Debut Daggers).

These prizes will now be presented as part of a new awards ceremony in summer 2012, including the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, although it is not yet confirmed whether the awards will remain in their current home as part of July's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

Submission dates will gradually move to correspond with the other CWA awards, with full details to be announced on the CWA site.