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: September 6, 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. Blackstone Audio
  25. John F. Blair
  26. Bleak House Books
  27. Bloomsbury Publishing USA (all imprints)
  28. BluewaterPress LLC
  29. Bold Strokes Books
  30. Brash Books
  31. Brilliance Audio Books
  32. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  33. Candlewick Press
  34. Capstone Press (including Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books and Switch Press)
  35. ChiZine Publications
  36. Chronicle Books
  37. Cinco Puntos Press
  38. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  39. Coffee House Press
  40. Coffeetown PressCamel Press
  41. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  42. Crippin and Landru
  43. Crooked Lane Books
  44. Crossroads Press (e-books only)
  45. Crum Creek Press
  46. Dark Horse Books
  47. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  48. Diversion Books
  49. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  50. Down and Out Books
  51. Down East Books
  52. Down the Shore Publishing
  53. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  54. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  55. ECW Press
  56. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  57. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  58. Europa Editions
  59. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  60. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  61. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  62. Felony & Mayhem
  63. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  64. Foul Play Press
  65. Gemma Halliday Books
  66. Globe Pequot
  67. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  68. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  69. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  70. Hal Leonard Group
  71. Hard Case Crime
  72. Harlequin (all imprints)
  73. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  74. Harvest House
  75. Henery Press
  76. Henry Holt & Co.
  77. History Press (no e-books)
  78. Holiday House
  79. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  80. House of Anansi
  81. Hyperion Books
  82. IG Publishing
  83. Ingalls Publishing Group
  84. Intrigue Press
  85. Islandport Books
  86. JournalStone Publishing
  87. Justin, Charles & Co.
  88. Kane Press
  89. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  90. Kent State University Press
  91. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  92. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  93. Lerner Publishing
  94. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  95. Linden Publishing
  96. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  97. Louisiana State University Press
  98. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  99. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  100. Manic D Press
  101. Marietta Publishing
  102. Marion Street Press
  103. McBook Press
  104. McFarland & Co.
  105. Medallion Press
  106. Melange Books
  107. MLR Press (e-books only)
  108. MX Publishing Ltd
  109. Mysterious Press
  110. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  111. New Horizon Press Books
  112. NewSouth Books
  113. Oceanview Publishing
  114. Ohio University Press
  115. Open Road Integrated Media
  116. Orca Book Publishers
  117. Orion Books
  118. The Overlook Press
  119. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  120. Oxford University Press
  121. Peachtree Publishers
  122. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  123. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  124. Perfect Crime Books
  125. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  126. Permanent Press
  127. Perseus Books Group, including Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  128. Piatkus Books
  129. Pleasure Boat Studio
  130. Plexus Publishing
  131. PM Press
  132. Poisoned Pen Press
  133. Polis Books
  134. Post Mortem Press
  135. Potomac Books
  136. Princeton University Press
  137. Prometheus Books (including Seventh Street, Pyr and Humanity imprints)
  138. Prospect Park Books
  139. Quercus
  140. Quirk Books
  141. Rare Bird Books
  142. Red Hen Press
  143. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  144. Serpent’s Tail
  145. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  146. Severn House
  147. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  148. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  149. Small Beer Press
  150. Smart Pop
  151. Soho Press
  152. Sophia Institute
  153. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  154. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  155. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  156. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  157. Stairway Press
  158. Stanford University Press
  159. Stark House Press
  160. Steerforth Press
  161. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  162. The Story Plant
  163. Text Publishing
  164. The Toby Press
  165. Thorndike Press
  166. Three Rooms Press
  167. Tin House
  168. Titan Books
  169. Tor/Forge Books
  170. Torrey House Press
  171. Twilight Times Books
  172. Tyndale Publishing
  173. University of Arizona Press
  174. University of Chicago Press
  175. University of Iowa Press
  176. University of Minnesota Press
  177. University of Nebraska Press
  178. University of New Mexico Press
  179. University of North Carolina Press
  180. University of Pittsburgh Press
  181. University Press of Florida
  182. University Press of Kentucky
  183. University Press of New England
  184. University of Wisconsin Press
  185. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  186. Wildside Press
  187. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  188. Wings Press
  189. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  190. Workman Publishing
  191. YMAA Publications
  192. 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. Mystery Weekly Magazine
  16. Necrotic Tissue (Out of Business)
  17. Paradox Magazine (Out of Business)
  18. Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
  19. Sniplits
  20. Spinetingler Magazine
  21. Strand Magazine
  22. Virginia Quarterly Review
  23. Woman’s World Magazine