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, 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: July 16, 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. Diversion Books
  44. Down East Books
  45. Down the Shore Publishing
  46. Dundurn Group, including Castle Street Mysteries
  47. ECW Press
  48. Egmont USA
  49. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  50. Europa Editions
  51. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  52. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  53. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  54. Felony & Mayhem
  55. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  56. Foul Play Press
  57. Globe Pequot
  58. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  59. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  60. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  61. Hal Leonard Group
  62. Hard Case Crime
  63. Harlequin (all imprints)
  64. HarperCollins (all imprints)
  65. Harvest House
  66. Haworth Press
  67. HeartQuest (Tyndale House)
  68. Henery Press
  69. Henry Holt & Co.
  70. History Press (no e-books)
  71. Holiday House
  72. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  73. Hyperion
  74. IG Publishing
  75. Ingalls Publishing Group
  76. Intrigue Press
  77. Islandport Books
  78. JournalStone Publishing
  79. Justin, Charles & Co.
  80. Kane Press
  81. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  82. Kent State University Press
  83. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  84. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only)
  85. Lerner Publishing
  86. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  87. Linden Publishing
  88. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  89. Louisiana State University Press
  90. MacAdam/Cage Publishing
  91. MacMillan (all imprints)
  92. Manic D Press
  93. Marietta Publishing
  94. Marion Street Press
  95. McBook Press
  96. McFarland & Co.
  97. Medallion Press
  98. MLR Press (e-books only)
  99. MX Publishing Ltd
  100. Mysterious Press
  101. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  102. New Horizon Press Books
  103. NewSouth Books
  104. Oceanview Publishing
  105. Ohio University Press
  106. Open Road Integrated Media
  107. Orion Books
  108. The Overlook Press
  109. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  110. Oxford University Press
  111. Peachtree Publishers
  112. Pegasus Books
  113. The Penguin Group (all imprints)
  114. Perfect Crime Books
  115. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  116. Permanent Press
  117. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  118. Perseus Books Group, including Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  119. Piatkus Books
  120. Pleasant Company, including American Girl Books
  121. Pleasure Boat Studio
  122. PM Press
  123. Poisoned Pen Press
  124. Post Mortem Press
  125. Potomac Books
  126. Princeton University Press
  127. Prospect Park Books
  128. Quercus
  129. Quirk Books
  130. Random House (all imprints)
  131. Rare Bird Books
  132. Red Hen Press
  133. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  134. Serpent’s Tail
  135. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  136. Seventh Street Books
  137. Severn House
  138. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  139. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  140. Small Beer Press
  141. Smart Pop
  142. Soho Press
  143. Sophia Institute
  144. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  145. Sourcebooks
  146. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  147. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  148. Stairway Press
  149. Steerforth Press
  150. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  151. Stone Arch Books
  152. The Story Plant
  153. The Toby Press
  154. Thorndike Press
  155. Tor/Forge Books
  156. Twilight Times Books
  157. University of Arizona Press
  158. University of Iowa Press
  159. University of Minnesota Press
  160. University of New Mexico Press
  161. University of Pittsburgh Press
  162. University Press of New England
  163. University of Wisconsin Press
  164. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  165. Wildside Press
  166. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  167. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  168. Workman Publishing
  169. YMAA Publications
  170. 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 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 Scene Magazine
  14. Necrotic Tissue (Out of Business)
  15. Paradox Magazine (Out of Business)
  16. Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
  17. Sniplits
  18. Spinetingler Magazine
  19. Strand Magazine
  20. Virginia Quarterly Review
  21. Woman’s World Magazine