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.  You should never sign any contract with a publisher without the advice of an agent or a lawyer.

  • 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: October 4, 2018


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

  1. Academy Chicago Publishing/Chicago Review Press
  2. Adventure Publications
  3. Akashic Books
  4. Albert Whitman & Company
  5. Algonquin Books
  6. Alyson (for books published prior to 10/1/10)
  7. Amazon Publishing (for the following imprints only:  AmazonChildren, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Original Stories, Avalon, 47North, Kindle Press, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, New Harvest, StoryFront and Thomas & Mercer)
  8. Amber Quill Press LLC (e-books only) (Out of business)
  9. American Girl Publishing
  10. Angry Robot Books, including Exhibit A
  11. Arbutus Press
  12. Arte Publico Press – University of Houston
  13. A.S.A.P. Publishing
  14. Astor + Blue Editions
  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/BelleBridge Books
  23. Bitter Lemon Press
  24. Black Opal Books
  25. Blackstone Audio
  26. John F. Blair
  27. Bleak House Books
  28. Bloomsbury Publishing USA (all imprints)
  29. BluewaterPress LLC
  30. Bold Strokes Books
  31. Brash Books
  32. Brilliance Audio Books
  33. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  34. Candlewick Press
  35. Capstone Press (including Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books and Switch Press)
  36. ChiZine Publications
  37. Chronicle Books
  38. Cinco Puntos Press
  39. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  40. Coffee House Press
  41. Coffeetown PressCamel Press
  42. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  43. Crippin and Landru
  44. Crooked Lane Books
  45. Crossroads Press (e-books only)
  46. Crum Creek Press
  47. Dark Horse Books
  48. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  49. Diversion Books
  50. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  51. Down and Out Books (including ABC Documentation, All Due Respect, New Wave Crime, Shotgun Honey)
  52. Down East Books
  53. Down the Shore Publishing
  54. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  55. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  56. ECW Press
  57. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  58. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  59. Europa Editions
  60. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  61. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  62. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  63. Felony & Mayhem
  64. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  65. Foul Play Press
  66. Gemma Halliday Books
  67. Globe Pequot
  68. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  69. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  70. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  71. Hal Leonard Group
  72. Hard Case Crime
  73. Harlequin (all imprints)
  74. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  75. Harvest House
  76. Henery Press
  77. Henry Holt & Co.
  78. History Press (no e-books)
  79. Holiday House
  80. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  81. House of Anansi
  82. Hyperion Books
  83. IG Publishing
  84. Ingalls Publishing Group
  85. Intrigue Press
  86. Islandport Books
  87. JournalStone Publishing
  88. Justin, Charles & Co.
  89. Kane Press
  90. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  91. Kent State University Press
  92. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  93. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  94. Lerner Publishing
  95. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  96. Linden Publishing
  97. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  98. Louisiana State University Press
  99. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  100. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  101. Manic D Press
  102. Marietta Publishing
  103. Marion Street Press
  104. McBook Press
  105. McFarland & Co.
  106. Medallion Press
  107. Melange Books
  108. MLR Press (e-books only)
  109. MX Publishing Ltd
  110. Mysterious Press
  111. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  112. New Horizon Press Books
  113. NewSouth Books
  114. Oceanview Publishing
  115. Ohio University Press
  116. Open Road Integrated Media
  117. Orca Book Publishers
  118. Orion Books
  119. The Overlook Press
  120. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  121. Oxford University Press
  122. Peachtree Publishers
  123. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  124. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  125. Perfect Crime Books
  126. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  127. Permanent Press
  128. Perseus Books Group, including Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  129. Piatkus Books
  130. Pleasure Boat Studio
  131. Plexus Publishing
  132. PM Press
  133. Poisoned Pen Press
  134. Polis Books
  135. Post Mortem Press
  136. Potomac Books
  137. Princeton University Press
  138. Prometheus Books
  139. Prospect Park Books
  140. Quercus
  141. Quirk Books
  142. Rare Bird Books
  143. Red Hen Press
  144. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  145. Serpent’s Tail
  146. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  147. Severn House
  148. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  149. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  150. Small Beer Press
  151. Smart Pop
  152. Soho Press
  153. Sophia Institute
  154. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  155. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  156. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  157. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  158. Stairway Press
  159. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  160. Stanford University Press
  161. Stark House Press
  162. Steerforth Press
  163. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  164. The Story Plant
  165. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  166. Text Publishing
  167. The Toby Press
  168. Thorndike Press
  169. Three Rooms Press
  170. Tin House
  171. Titan Books
  172. Tor/Forge Books
  173. Torrey House Press
  174. Twilight Times Books
  175. Tyndale Publishing
  176. University of Arizona Press
  177. University of Chicago Press
  178. University of Iowa Press
  179. University of Minnesota Press
  180. University of Nebraska Press
  181. University of New Mexico Press
  182. University of North Carolina Press
  183. University of Pittsburgh Press
  184. University Press of Florida
  185. University Press of Kentucky
  186. University Press of New England
  187. University of Wisconsin Press
  188. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  189. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  190. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  191. Wings Press
  192. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  193. Workman Publishing
  194. YMAA Publications
  195. Zondervan

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


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