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: June 7, 2017


(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, Avalon, 47North, 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. Astor + Blue Editions
  14. B&H Publishing
  15. Baker Publishing Group (including Bethany House Publishers and Revell)
  16. Barbour Publishing
  17. Barking Rain Press
  18. Barricade Books
  19. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  20. Bella Rosa Books
  21. BelleBooks/BelleBridge Books
  22. Bitter Lemon Press
  23. Black Opal Books
  24. John F. Blair
  25. Bleak House Books
  26. Bloomsbury Publishing USA (all imprints)
  27. BluewaterPress LLC
  28. Bold Strokes Books
  29. Brash Books
  30. Brilliance Audio Books
  31. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  32. Candlewick Press
  33. ChiZine Publications
  34. Chronicle Books
  35. Cinco Puntos Press
  36. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  37. Coffee House Press
  38. Coffeetown PressCamel Press
  39. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  40. Crippin and Landru
  41. Crossroads Press (e-books only)
  42. Crum Creek Press
  43. Dark Horse Books
  44. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  45. Diversion Books
  46. Down and Out Books
  47. Down East Books
  48. Down the Shore Publishing
  49. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  50. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  51. ECW Press
  52. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  53. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  54. Europa Editions
  55. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  56. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  57. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  58. Felony & Mayhem
  59. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  60. Foul Play Press
  61. Gemma Halliday Books
  62. Globe Pequot
  63. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  64. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  65. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  66. Hal Leonard Group
  67. Hard Case Crime
  68. Harlequin (all imprints)
  69. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  70. Harvest House
  71. Henery Press
  72. Henry Holt & Co.
  73. History Press (no e-books)
  74. Holiday House
  75. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  76. House of Anansi
  77. Hyperion Books
  78. IG Publishing
  79. Ingalls Publishing Group
  80. Intrigue Press
  81. Islandport Books
  82. JournalStone Publishing
  83. Justin, Charles & Co.
  84. Kane Press
  85. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  86. Kent State University Press
  87. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  88. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  89. Lerner Publishing
  90. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  91. Linden Publishing
  92. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  93. Louisiana State University Press
  94. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  95. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  96. Manic D Press
  97. Marietta Publishing
  98. Marion Street Press
  99. McBook Press
  100. McFarland & Co.
  101. Medallion Press
  102. Melange Books
  103. MLR Press (e-books only)
  104. MX Publishing Ltd
  105. Mysterious Press
  106. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  107. New Horizon Press Books
  108. NewSouth Books
  109. Oceanview Publishing
  110. Ohio University Press
  111. Open Road Integrated Media
  112. Orca Book Publishers
  113. Orion Books
  114. The Overlook Press
  115. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  116. Oxford University Press
  117. Peachtree Publishers
  118. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  119. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  120. Perfect Crime Books
  121. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  122. Permanent Press
  123. Perseus Books Group, including Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  124. Piatkus Books
  125. Pleasure Boat Studio
  126. Plexus Publishing
  127. PM Press
  128. Poisoned Pen Press
  129. Polis Books
  130. Post Mortem Press
  131. Potomac Books
  132. Princeton University Press
  133. Prospect Park Books
  134. Quercus
  135. Quirk Books
  136. Rare Bird Books
  137. Red Hen Press
  138. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  139. Serpent’s Tail
  140. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  141. Seventh Street Books
  142. Severn House
  143. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  144. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  145. Small Beer Press
  146. Smart Pop
  147. Soho Press
  148. Sophia Institute
  149. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  150. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  151. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  152. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  153. Stairway Press
  154. Stanford University Press
  155. Stark House Press
  156. Steerforth Press
  157. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  158. Stone Arch Books
  159. The Story Plant
  160. Text Publishing
  161. The Toby Press
  162. Thorndike Press
  163. Three Rooms Press
  164. Tin House
  165. Titan Books
  166. Tor/Forge Books
  167. Torrey House Press
  168. Twilight Times Books
  169. Tyndale Publishing
  170. University of Arizona Press
  171. University of Chicago Press
  172. University of Iowa Press
  173. University of Minnesota Press
  174. University of Nebraska Press
  175. University of New Mexico Press
  176. University of Pittsburgh Press
  177. University Press of Florida
  178. University Press of Kentucky
  179. University Press of New England
  180. University of Wisconsin Press
  181. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  182. Wildside Press
  183. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  184. Wings Press
  185. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  186. Workman Publishing
  187. YMAA Publications
  188. 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