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: November 4, 2015


(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 East Books
  44. Down the Shore Publishing
  45. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  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. Gemma Halliday Books
  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. 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. Orca Book Publishers
  108. Orion Books
  109. The Overlook Press
  110. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  111. Oxford University Press
  112. Peachtree Publishers
  113. Pegasus Books
  114. Penguin Random House (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 Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  120. Piatkus Books
  121. Pleasant Company, including American Girl 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. University of Arizona Press
  163. University of Chicago Press
  164. University of Iowa Press
  165. University of Minnesota Press
  166. University of New Mexico Press
  167. University of Pittsburgh Press
  168. University Press of Florida
  169. University Press of Kentucky
  170. University Press of New England
  171. University of Wisconsin Press
  172. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  173. Wildside Press
  174. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  175. Wings Press
  176. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  177. Workman Publishing
  178. YMAA Publications
  179. 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