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: May 6, 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. Crum Creek Press
  39. Dark Horse Books
  40. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  41. Diversion Books
  42. Down East Books
  43. Down the Shore Publishing
  44. Dundurn Group, including Castle Street Mysteries
  45. ECW Press
  46. Egmont USA
  47. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  48. Europa Editions
  49. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  50. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  51. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  52. Felony & Mayhem
  53. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  54. Foul Play Press
  55. Globe Pequot
  56. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  57. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  58. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  59. Hal Leonard Group
  60. Hard Case Crime
  61. Harlequin (all imprints)
  62. HarperCollins (all imprints)
  63. Harvest House
  64. HeartQuest (Tyndale House)
  65. Henery Press
  66. Henry Holt & Co.
  67. History Press (no e-books)
  68. Holiday House
  69. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  70. Hyperion
  71. IG Publishing
  72. Ingalls Publishing Group
  73. Intrigue Press
  74. Islandport Books
  75. JournalStone Publishing
  76. Justin, Charles & Co.
  77. Kane Press
  78. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  79. Kent State University Press
  80. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  81. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only)
  82. Lerner Publishing
  83. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  84. Linden Publishing
  85. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  86. Louisiana State University Press
  87. MacAdam/Cage Publishing
  88. MacMillan (all imprints)
  89. Manic D Press
  90. Marietta Publishing
  91. Marion Street Press
  92. McBook Press
  93. McFarland & Co.
  94. Medallion Press
  95. MLR Press (e-books only)
  96. MX Publishing Ltd
  97. Mysterious Press
  98. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  99. New Horizon Press Books
  100. NewSouth Books
  101. Oceanview Publishing
  102. Ohio University Press
  103. Open Road Integrated Media
  104. Orca Book Publishers
  105. Orion Books
  106. The Overlook Press
  107. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  108. Oxford University Press
  109. Peachtree Publishers
  110. Pegasus Books
  111. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  112. Perfect Crime Books
  113. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  114. Permanent Press
  115. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  116. Perseus Books Group, including Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  117. Piatkus Books
  118. Pleasant Company, including American Girl Books
  119. Pleasure Boat Studio
  120. PM Press
  121. Poisoned Pen Press
  122. Post Mortem Press
  123. Potomac Books
  124. Princeton University Press
  125. Prospect Park Books
  126. Quercus
  127. Quirk Books
  128. Rare Bird Books
  129. Red Hen Press
  130. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  131. Serpent’s Tail
  132. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  133. Seventh Street Books
  134. Severn House
  135. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  136. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  137. Small Beer Press
  138. Smart Pop
  139. Soho Press
  140. Sophia Institute
  141. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  142. Sourcebooks
  143. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  144. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  145. Stairway Press
  146. Steerforth Press
  147. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  148. Stone Arch Books
  149. The Story Plant
  150. The Toby Press
  151. Thorndike Press
  152. Tin House
  153. Tor/Forge Books
  154. Torrey House Press
  155. Twilight Times Books
  156. University of Arizona Press
  157. University of Chicago Press
  158. University of Iowa Press
  159. University of Minnesota Press
  160. University of New Mexico Press
  161. University of Pittsburgh Press
  162. University Press of Florida
  163. University Press of New England
  164. University of Wisconsin Press
  165. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  166. Wildside Press
  167. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  168. Wings Press
  169. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  170. Workman Publishing
  171. YMAA Publications
  172. 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