Judges


The Petrona Award team after deciding the shortlist for the 2017 Petrona Award: Katharina Hall, Barry Forshaw, Sarah Ward and Karen Meek.

The judging panel

Barry Forshaw – Writer and journalist specialising in crime fiction and film; author of multiple books covering Scandinavian crime fiction, including NORDIC NOIR, DEATH IN A COLD CLIMATE, EURO NOIR, DETECTIVE: CRIME UNCOVERED and the first biography of Stieg Larsson.

Dr. Kat Hall – Editor of CRIME FICTION IN GERMAN: DER KRIMI for University of Wales Press; Honorary Research Associate at Swansea University; international crime fiction reviewer/blogger at MRS. PEABODY INVESTIGATES.

Sarah Ward
– Crime novelist, author of IN BITTER CHILL and A DEADLY THAW (Faber and Faber), and crime fiction reviewer at CRIMEPIECES.

Award administrator

Karen Meek - owner of the EURO CRIME website, reviewer, former CWA judge for the International Dagger and Library Assistant.




The Petrona Award team after deciding the shortlist for the 2016 Petrona Award: Sarah Ward, Barry Forshaw, Karen Meek and Katharina Hall.

The judging panel

Barry Forshaw – Writer and journalist specialising in crime fiction and film; author of four books covering Scandinavian crime fiction: NORDIC NOIR, DEATH IN A COLD CLIMATE, EURO NOIR and the first biography of Stieg Larsson.

Dr. Katharina Hall – Associate Professor of German at Swansea University; editor of CRIME FICTION IN GERMAN: DER KRIMI for University of Wales Press; international crime fiction reviewer/blogger at MRS. PEABODY INVESTIGATES.

Sarah Ward – Crime novelist, author of IN BITTER CHILL (Faber and Faber), and crime fiction blogger at CRIMEPIECES.

Award administrator

Karen Meek - owner of the EURO CRIME website, reviewer, former CWA judge for the International Dagger and Library Assistant.




The Petrona Award team after deciding the shortlist for the 2015 Petrona Award: Sarah Ward, Barry Forshaw, Karen Meek and Katharina Hall (clockwise).

The judging panel

Barry Forshaw – Writer and journalist specialising in crime fiction and film; author of four books covering Scandinavian crime fiction: NORDIC NOIR, DEATH IN A COLD CLIMATE, EURO NOIR and the first biography of Stieg Larsson.

Dr. Katharina Hall – Associate Professor of German at Swansea University; editor of CRIME FICTION IN GERMAN: DER KRIMI for University of Wales Press; international crime fiction reviewer/blogger at MRS. PEABODY INVESTIGATES.

Sarah Ward – Crime novelist, author of the forthcoming IN BITTER CHILL (Faber and Faber), and crime fiction blogger at CRIMEPIECES.

Barry Forshaw said “The Petrona Award goes from strength to strength, with both winners and shortlisted authors representing the very finest in the Nordic Noir genre; I’m pleased to be involved.”

Award administrator

Karen Meek - owner of the EURO CRIME website, reviewer, former CWA judge for the International Dagger and Library Assistant.





The Petrona Award team after deciding the shortlist for the 2014 Petrona Award: Karen Meek, Katharina Hall, Barry Forshaw and Sarah Ward.

The judging panel


Barry Forshaw – Writer and journalist specialising in crime fiction and film; author of four books covering Scandinavian crime fiction: NORDIC NOIR, DEATH IN A COLD CLIMATE, EURO NOIR and the first biography of Stieg Larsson.

Dr. Katharina Hall – Associate Professor of German at Swansea University; currently editing CRIME FICTION IN GERMAN for University of Wales Press; international crime fiction reviewer/blogger at MRS. PEABODY INVESTIGATES.

Sarah Ward – Online crime fiction reviewer and blogger at CRIMEPIECES; English language teacher based in Manchester.

Leading Scandinavian crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw said "I'm delighted to be judging an award that is unique in recognising the influence of Scandinavian crime fiction in both the UK and abroad".

Award administrator

Karen Meek - owner of the EURO CRIME website, reviewer and former CWA judge for the International Dagger.

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