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:  December 1, 2022


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