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.
  • If you believe that an Approved publisher is violating MWA standards, please contact the National Office, or submit a form here. Your report will be kept confidential.

Last revision date:  September 7, 2023


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

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

POLICY ON UNIVERSITY PRESSES: Any university press that is a member (at any level) of the Association of University Presses is automatically approved; all other academic presses 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 Magazine (formerly Mystery Weekly)
  14. Mystery Scene Magazine
  15. Mystery Tribune
  16. Necrotic Tissue (Out of Business)
  17. Paradox Magazine (Out of Business)
  18. Rock and a Hard Place Magazine
  19. Sniplits (Out of business)
  20. Spinetingler Magazine (see Down & Out Books)
  21. Strand Magazine
  22. The Saturday Evening Post
  23. Tough Blogazine
  24. Virginia Quarterly Review
  25. Woman’s World Magazine