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: September 2, 2015


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