Approved Publisher List

PLEASE NOTE: Mystery Writers of America is currently re-evaluating its list of publishers. As more publishers are reviewed and approved, they will be added. Approved publishers meet MWA’s professional standards of good business practice and fair treatment of authors. The books published by the publishers on this list currently qualify for submission for Edgar Award consideration and applications for Active Status membership. However, this list should not be considered a blanket endorsement or recommendation of any particular publisher. The list is under constant review and subject to change. To be sure of the current status of a publisher, please contact the National Office. Please note that only the publisher may request to be vetted.  You should also carefully read this page of the website to familiarize yourself with the requirements for Active Status membership.

Last revision date: November 5, 2014


(Other publishers will be added as they are vetted and approved.)

  1. Academy Chicago Publishing
  2. Adventure Publications
  3. Akashic Books
  4. Alaska Northwest Books
  5. Algonquin Books
  6. Alyson (for books published prior to 10/1/10)
  7. Amazon Publishing (for the following imprints only:  AmazonChildren, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, 47North, Little A, Montlake Romance, New Harvest, StoryFront and Thomas & Mercer)
  8. Amber Quill Press LLC (e-books only)
  9. American Bar Association Book Publishing
  10. Angry Robot Books, including Exhibit A
  11. Arbutus Press
  12. Arte Publico Press – University of Houston
  13. Avalon Books
  14. Avocet Press
  15. B&H Publishing
  16. Baker Publishing Group (including Bethany House Publishers and Revell)
  17. Barbour Publishing
  18. Barking Rain Press
  19. Barricade Books
  20. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  21. Bella Rosa Books
  22. BelleBooks
  23. Bitter Lemon Press
  24. Black Opal Books
  25. John F. Blair
  26. Bleak House Books
  27. Bloomsbury Publishing, including Walker Publishing, USA
  28. BluewaterPress LLC
  29. Bold Strokes Books
  30. Brilliance Audio Books
  31. Busted Flush Press
  32. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  33. Candlewick Press
  34. Carroll & Graf
  35. Chicago Review Press
  36. ChiZine Publications
  37. Chronicle Books
  38. Cinco Puntos Press
  39. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  40. Coffee House Press
  41. Coffeetown Press – Camel Press
  42. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  43. Crum Creek Press
  44. Dark Horse Books
  45. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  46. Diversion Books
  47. Down East Books
  48. Down the Shore Publishing
  49. Dundurn Group, including Castle Street Mysteries
  50. ECW Press
  51. Egmont USA
  52. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  53. Europa Editions
  54. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  55. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  56. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  57. Felony & Mayhem
  58. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  59. Foul Play Press
  60. Globe Pequot
  61. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  62. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  63. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  64. Hal Leonard Group
  65. Hard Case Crime
  66. Harlequin (all imprints)
  67. HarperCollins (all imprints)
  68. Harvest House
  69. Haworth Press
  70. HeartQuest (Tyndale House)
  71. Henery Press
  72. Henry Holt & Co.
  73. History Press (no e-books)
  74. Holiday House
  75. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  76. Hyperion
  77. IG Publishing
  78. Ingalls Publishing Group
  79. Intrigue Press
  80. Islandport Books
  81. JournalStone Publishing
  82. Justin, Charles & Co.
  83. Kane Press
  84. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  85. Kent State University Press
  86. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  87. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only)
  88. Lerner Publishing
  89. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  90. Linden Publishing
  91. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  92. Louisiana State University Press
  93. MacAdam/Cage Publishing
  94. MacMillan (all imprints)
  95. Manic D Press
  96. Marietta Publishing
  97. Marion Street Press
  98. McBook Press
  99. McFarland & Co.
  100. Medallion Press
  101. MLR Press (e-books only)
  102. MX Publishing Ltd
  103. Mysterious Press
  104. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  105. New Horizon Press Books
  106. NewSouth Books
  107. Oceanview Publishing
  108. Ohio University Press
  109. Open Road Integrated Media
  110. Orion Books
  111. The Overlook Press
  112. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  113. Oxford University Press
  114. Peachtree Publishers
  115. Pegasus Books
  116. The Penguin Group (all imprints)
  117. Perfect Crime Books
  118. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  119. Permanent Press
  120. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  121. Perseus Books Group, including Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  122. Piatkus Books
  123. Pleasant Company, including American Girl Books
  124. Pleasure Boat Studio
  125. PM Press
  126. Poisoned Pen Press
  127. Post Mortem Press
  128. Potomac Books
  129. Princeton University Press
  130. Prospect Park Books
  131. Quercus
  132. Quirk Books
  133. Random House (all imprints)
  134. Rare Bird Books
  135. Red Hen Press
  136. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  137. Serpent’s Tail
  138. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  139. Seventh Street Books
  140. Severn House
  141. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  142. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  143. Small Beer Press
  144. Smart Pop
  145. Soho Press
  146. Sophia Institute
  147. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  148. Sourcebooks
  149. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  150. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  151. Stairway Press
  152. Steerforth Press
  153. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  154. Stone Arch Books
  155. The Story Plant
  156. The Toby Press
  157. Thorndike Press
  158. Tin House
  159. Tor/Forge Books
  160. Torrey House Press
  161. Twilight Times Books
  162. University of Arizona Press
  163. University of Chicago Press
  164. University of Iowa Press
  165. University of Minnesota Press
  166. University of New Mexico Press
  167. University of Pittsburgh Press
  168. University Press of Florida
  169. University Press of New England
  170. University of Wisconsin Press
  171. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  172. Wildside Press
  173. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  174. Wings Press
  175. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  176. Workman Publishing
  177. YMAA Publications
  178. Zondervan

POLICY ON UNIVERSITY PRESSES: Major state or private universities are to be approved; minor or relatively unknown schools must be reviewed.


  1. All Due Respect
  2. American Way Magazine
  3. Antioch Review
  4. Back Alley Webzine (Out of Business)
  5. Big Click Webzine
  6. Big Pulp Magazine
  7. Cemetery Dance Publications
  8. City Journal
  10. Dell Magazines, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Magazine
  11. First Line Magazine
  12. Forensic Examiner
  13. Missouri Review
  14. Mystery Scene Magazine
  15. Necrotic Tissue (Out of Business)
  16. Paradox Magazine (Out of Business)
  17. Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
  18. Sniplits
  19. Spinetingler Magazine
  20. Strand Magazine
  21. Virginia Quarterly Review
  22. Woman’s World Magazine