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 & 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. John F. Blair
  25. Bleak House Books
  26. Bloomsbury Publishing USA (all imprints)
  27. BluewaterPress LLC
  28. Bold Strokes Books
  29. Brilliance Audio Books
  30. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  31. Candlewick Press
  32. ChiZine Publications
  33. Chronicle Books
  34. Cinco Puntos Press
  35. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  36. Coffee House Press
  37. Coffeetown PressCamel Press
  38. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  39. Crossroads Press (e-books only)
  40. Crum Creek Press
  41. Dark Horse Books
  42. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  43. Diversion Books
  44. Down and Out Books
  45. Down East Books
  46. Down the Shore Publishing
  47. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  48. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  49. ECW Press
  50. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  51. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  52. Europa Editions
  53. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  54. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  55. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  56. Felony & Mayhem
  57. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  58. Foul Play Press
  59. Gemma Halliday Books
  60. Globe Pequot
  61. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  62. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  63. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  64. Hal Leonard Group
  65. Hard Case Crime
  66. Harlequin (all imprints)
  67. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  68. Harvest 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 Books
  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) (Out of Business)
  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 (Out of Business)
  93. MacMillan Publishers (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 (New York, NY)
  116. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  117. Perfect Crime Books
  118. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  119. Permanent Press
  120. Perseus Books Group, including Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  121. Piatkus Books
  122. Pleasure Boat Studio
  123. Plexus Publishing
  124. PM Press
  125. Poisoned Pen Press
  126. Polis Books
  127. Post Mortem Press
  128. Potomac Books
  129. Princeton University Press
  130. Prospect Park Books
  131. Quercus
  132. Quirk Books
  133. Rare Bird Books
  134. Red Hen Press
  135. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  136. Serpent’s Tail
  137. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  138. Seventh Street Books
  139. Severn House
  140. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  141. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  142. Small Beer Press
  143. Smart Pop
  144. Soho Press
  145. Sophia Institute
  146. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  147. Sourcebooks
  148. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  149. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  150. Stairway Press
  151. Steerforth Press
  152. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  153. Stone Arch Books
  154. The Story Plant
  155. The Toby Press
  156. Thorndike Press
  157. Tin House
  158. Titan Books
  159. Tor/Forge Books
  160. Torrey House Press
  161. Twilight Times Books
  162. Tyndale Publishing
  163. University of Arizona Press
  164. University of Chicago Press
  165. University of Iowa Press
  166. University of Minnesota Press
  167. University of Nebraska 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