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: October 6, 2016


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