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, or to ask about adding a publisher to our list, please contact the National Office. You should also carefully read this page of the website to familiarize yourself with the requirements for Active Status membership.

Last revision date: March 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. Barricade Books
  19. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  20. Bella Rosa Books
  21. BelleBooks
  22. Bitter Lemon Press
  23. Black Opal Books
  24. John F. Blair
  25. Bleak House Books
  26. Bloomsbury Publishing, including Walker Publishing, USA
  27. Bold Strokes Books
  28. Brilliance Audio Books
  29. Busted Flush Press
  30. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  31. Candlewick Press
  32. Carroll & Graf
  33. Chicago Review Press
  34. ChiZine Publications
  35. Chronicle Books
  36. Cinco Puntos Press
  37. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  38. Coffee House Press
  39. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  40. Crum Creek Press
  41. Dark Horse Books
  42. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  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. Haworth Press
  66. HeartQuest (Tyndale House)
  67. Henry Holt & Co.
  68. History Press (no e-books)
  69. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  70. Hyperion
  71. IG Publishing
  72. Ingalls Publishing Group
  73. Intrigue Press
  74. JournalStone Publishing
  75. Justin, Charles & Co.
  76. Kane Press
  77. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  78. Kent State University Press
  79. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  80. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only)
  81. Lerner Publishing
  82. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  83. Linden Publishing
  84. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  85. MacAdam/Cage Publishing
  86. MacMillan (all imprints)
  87. Manic D Press
  88. Marietta Publishing
  89. Marion Street Press
  90. McBook Press
  91. McFarland & Co.
  92. Medallion Press
  93. MLR Press (e-books only)
  94. MX Publishing Ltd
  95. Mysterious Press
  96. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  97. New Horizon Press Books
  98. NewSouth Books
  99. Oceanview Publishing
  100. Open Road Integrated Media
  101. Orion Books
  102. The Overlook Press
  103. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  104. Oxford University Press
  105. Peachtree Publishers
  106. Pegasus Books
  107. The Penguin Group (all imprints)
  108. Perfect Crime Books
  109. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  110. Permanent Press
  111. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  112. Perseus Books Group, including Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  113. Piatkus Books
  114. Pleasant Company, including American Girl Books
  115. Pleasure Boat Studio
  116. PM Press
  117. Poisoned Pen Press
  118. Post Mortem Press
  119. Potomac Books
  120. Princeton University Press
  121. Prospect Park Books
  122. Quirk Books
  123. Random House (all imprints)
  124. Rare Bird Books
  125. Red Hen Press
  126. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  127. Serpent’s Tail
  128. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  129. Seventh Street Books
  130. Severn House
  131. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  132. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  133. Small Beer Press
  134. Smart Pop
  135. Soho Press
  136. Sophia Institute
  137. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  138. Sourcebooks
  139. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  140. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  141. Stairway Press
  142. Steerforth Press
  143. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  144. Stone Arch Books
  145. The Story Plant
  146. The Toby Press
  147. Thorndike Press
  148. Tor/Forge Books
  149. Twilight Times Books
  150. University of Iowa Press
  151. University of Minnesota Press
  152. University of New Mexico Press
  153. University Press of New England
  154. University of Wisconsin Press
  155. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  156. Wildside Press
  157. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  158. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  159. Workman Publishing
  160. YMAA Publications
  161. 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 Pulp Magazine
  5. Cemetery Dance Publications
  6. City Journal
  8. Dell Magazines, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Magazine
  9. First Line Magazine
  10. Forensic Examiner
  11. Missouri Review
  12. Mystery Scene Magazine
  13. Necrotic Tissue (Out of Business)
  14. Paradox Magazine (Out of Business)
  15. Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
  16. Sniplits
  17. Spinetingler Magazine
  18. Strand Magazine
  19. Virginia Quarterly Review
  20. Woman’s World Magazine