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: January 16, 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 & Co.
  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)
  9. Angry Robot Books, including Exhibit A
  10. Arbutus Press
  11. Arte Publico Press – University of Houston
  12. Astor + Blue Editions
  13. B&H Publishing
  14. Baker Publishing Group (including Bethany House Publishers and Revell)
  15. Barbour Publishing
  16. Barking Rain Press
  17. Barricade Books
  18. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  19. Bella Rosa Books
  20. BelleBooks/BelleBridge Books
  21. Bitter Lemon Press
  22. Black Opal Books
  23. John F. Blair
  24. Bleak House Books
  25. Bloomsbury Publishing, including Walker Publishing, USA
  26. BluewaterPress LLC
  27. Bold Strokes Books
  28. Brilliance Audio Books
  29. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  30. Candlewick Press
  31. ChiZine Publications
  32. Chronicle Books
  33. Cinco Puntos Press
  34. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  35. Coffee House Press
  36. Coffeetown Press – Camel Press
  37. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  38. Crossroads Press (e-books only)
  39. Crum Creek Press
  40. Dark Horse Books
  41. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  42. Diversion Books
  43. Down and Out Books
  44. Down East Books
  45. Down the Shore Publishing
  46. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  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. Gemma Halliday Books
  59. Globe Pequot
  60. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  61. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  62. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  63. Hal Leonard Group
  64. Hard Case Crime
  65. Harlequin (all imprints)
  66. HarperCollins (all imprints)
  67. Harvest House
  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. House of Anansi
  75. Hyperion
  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)
  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
  93. MacMillan (all imprints)
  94. Manic D Press
  95. Marietta Publishing
  96. Marion Street Press
  97. McBook Press
  98. McFarland & Co.
  99. Medallion Press
  100. MLR Press (e-books only)
  101. MX Publishing Ltd
  102. Mysterious Press
  103. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  104. New Horizon Press Books
  105. NewSouth Books
  106. Oceanview Publishing
  107. Ohio University Press
  108. Open Road Integrated Media
  109. Orca Book Publishers
  110. Orion Books
  111. The Overlook Press
  112. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  113. Oxford University Press
  114. Peachtree Publishers
  115. Pegasus Books
  116. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  117. Perfect Crime Books
  118. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  119. Permanent Press
  120. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  121. Perseus Books Group, including Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  122. Piatkus Books
  123. Pleasant Company, including American Girl Books
  124. Pleasure Boat Studio
  125. Plexus Publishing
  126. PM Press
  127. Poisoned Pen Press
  128. Polis Books
  129. Post Mortem Press
  130. Potomac Books
  131. Princeton University Press
  132. Prospect Park Books
  133. Quercus
  134. Quirk Books
  135. Rare Bird Books
  136. Red Hen Press
  137. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  138. Serpent’s Tail
  139. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  140. Seventh Street Books
  141. Severn House
  142. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  143. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  144. Small Beer Press
  145. Smart Pop
  146. Soho Press
  147. Sophia Institute
  148. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  149. Sourcebooks
  150. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  151. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  152. Stairway Press
  153. Steerforth Press
  154. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  155. Stone Arch Books
  156. The Story Plant
  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. University of Arizona Press
  165. University of Chicago Press
  166. University of Iowa Press
  167. University of Minnesota Press
  168. University of New Mexico Press
  169. University of Pittsburgh Press
  170. University Press of Florida
  171. University Press of Kentucky
  172. University Press of New England
  173. University of Wisconsin Press
  174. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  175. Wildside Press
  176. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  177. Wings Press
  178. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  179. Workman Publishing
  180. YMAA Publications
  181. 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