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: September 3, 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. Coffeetown Press – Camel Press
  40. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  41. Crum Creek Press
  42. Dark Horse Books
  43. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  44. Diversion Books
  45. Down East Books
  46. Down the Shore Publishing
  47. Dundurn Group, including Castle Street Mysteries
  48. ECW Press
  49. Egmont USA
  50. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  51. Europa Editions
  52. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  53. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  54. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  55. Felony & Mayhem
  56. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  57. Foul Play Press
  58. Globe Pequot
  59. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  60. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  61. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  62. Hal Leonard Group
  63. Hard Case Crime
  64. Harlequin (all imprints)
  65. HarperCollins (all imprints)
  66. Harvest House
  67. Haworth Press
  68. HeartQuest (Tyndale House)
  69. Henery Press
  70. Henry Holt & Co.
  71. History Press (no e-books)
  72. Holiday House
  73. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  74. Hyperion
  75. IG Publishing
  76. Ingalls Publishing Group
  77. Intrigue Press
  78. Islandport Books
  79. JournalStone Publishing
  80. Justin, Charles & Co.
  81. Kane Press
  82. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  83. Kent State University Press
  84. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  85. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only)
  86. Lerner Publishing
  87. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  88. Linden Publishing
  89. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  90. Louisiana State University Press
  91. MacAdam/Cage Publishing
  92. MacMillan (all imprints)
  93. Manic D Press
  94. Marietta Publishing
  95. Marion Street Press
  96. McBook Press
  97. McFarland & Co.
  98. Medallion Press
  99. MLR Press (e-books only)
  100. MX Publishing Ltd
  101. Mysterious Press
  102. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  103. New Horizon Press Books
  104. NewSouth Books
  105. Oceanview Publishing
  106. Ohio University Press
  107. Open Road Integrated Media
  108. Orion Books
  109. The Overlook Press
  110. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  111. Oxford University Press
  112. Peachtree Publishers
  113. Pegasus Books
  114. The Penguin Group (all imprints)
  115. Perfect Crime Books
  116. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  117. Permanent Press
  118. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  119. Perseus Books Group, including Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  120. Piatkus Books
  121. Pleasant Company, including American Girl Books
  122. Pleasure Boat Studio
  123. PM Press
  124. Poisoned Pen Press
  125. Post Mortem Press
  126. Potomac Books
  127. Princeton University Press
  128. Prospect Park Books
  129. Quercus
  130. Quirk Books
  131. Random House (all imprints)
  132. Rare Bird Books
  133. Red Hen Press
  134. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  135. Serpent’s Tail
  136. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  137. Seventh Street Books
  138. Severn House
  139. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  140. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  141. Small Beer Press
  142. Smart Pop
  143. Soho Press
  144. Sophia Institute
  145. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  146. Sourcebooks
  147. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  148. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  149. Stairway Press
  150. Steerforth Press
  151. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  152. Stone Arch Books
  153. The Story Plant
  154. The Toby Press
  155. Thorndike Press
  156. Tor/Forge Books
  157. Torrey House Press
  158. Twilight Times Books
  159. University of Arizona Press
  160. University of Chicago Press
  161. University of Iowa Press
  162. University of Minnesota Press
  163. University of New Mexico Press
  164. University of Pittsburgh Press
  165. University Press of New England
  166. University of Wisconsin Press
  167. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  168. Wildside Press
  169. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  170. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  171. Workman Publishing
  172. YMAA Publications
  173. 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