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: March 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. Algonquin Books
  5. Alyson (for books published prior to 10/1/10)
  6. Amazon Publishing (for the following imprints only:  AmazonChildren, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Avalon, 47North, Little A, Montlake Romance, New Harvest, StoryFront and Thomas & Mercer)
  7. Amber Quill Press LLC (e-books only)
  8. Angry Robot Books, including Exhibit A
  9. Arbutus Press
  10. Arte Publico Press – University of Houston
  11. Astor + Blue Editions
  12. B&H Publishing
  13. Baker Publishing Group (including Bethany House Publishers and Revell)
  14. Barbour Publishing
  15. Barking Rain Press
  16. Barricade Books
  17. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  18. Bella Rosa Books
  19. BelleBooks/BelleBridge Books
  20. Bitter Lemon Press
  21. Black Opal Books
  22. John F. Blair
  23. Bleak House Books
  24. Bloomsbury Publishing, including Walker Publishing, USA
  25. BluewaterPress LLC
  26. Bold Strokes Books
  27. Brilliance Audio Books
  28. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  29. Candlewick Press
  30. ChiZine Publications
  31. Chronicle Books
  32. Cinco Puntos Press
  33. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  34. Coffee House Press
  35. Coffeetown Press – Camel Press
  36. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  37. Crum Creek Press
  38. Dark Horse Books
  39. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  40. Diversion Books
  41. Down East Books
  42. Down the Shore Publishing
  43. Dundurn Group, including Castle Street Mysteries
  44. ECW Press
  45. Egmont USA
  46. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  47. Europa Editions
  48. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  49. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  50. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  51. Felony & Mayhem
  52. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  53. Foul Play Press
  54. Globe Pequot
  55. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  56. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  57. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  58. Hal Leonard Group
  59. Hard Case Crime
  60. Harlequin (all imprints)
  61. HarperCollins (all imprints)
  62. Harvest House
  63. HeartQuest (Tyndale House)
  64. Henery Press
  65. Henry Holt & Co.
  66. History Press (no e-books)
  67. Holiday House
  68. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  69. Hyperion
  70. IG Publishing
  71. Ingalls Publishing Group
  72. Intrigue Press
  73. Islandport Books
  74. JournalStone Publishing
  75. Justin, Charles & Co.
  76. Kane Press
  77. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  78. Kent State University Press
  79. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  80. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only)
  81. Lerner Publishing
  82. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  83. Linden Publishing
  84. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  85. Louisiana State University Press
  86. MacAdam/Cage Publishing
  87. MacMillan (all imprints)
  88. Manic D Press
  89. Marietta Publishing
  90. Marion Street Press
  91. McBook Press
  92. McFarland & Co.
  93. Medallion Press
  94. MLR Press (e-books only)
  95. MX Publishing Ltd
  96. Mysterious Press
  97. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  98. New Horizon Press Books
  99. NewSouth Books
  100. Oceanview Publishing
  101. Ohio University Press
  102. Open Road Integrated Media
  103. Orion Books
  104. The Overlook Press
  105. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  106. Oxford University Press
  107. Peachtree Publishers
  108. Pegasus Books
  109. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  110. Perfect Crime Books
  111. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  112. Permanent Press
  113. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  114. Perseus Books Group, including Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  115. Piatkus Books
  116. Pleasant Company, including American Girl Books
  117. Pleasure Boat Studio
  118. PM Press
  119. Poisoned Pen Press
  120. Post Mortem Press
  121. Potomac Books
  122. Princeton University Press
  123. Prospect Park Books
  124. Quercus
  125. Quirk Books
  126. Rare Bird Books
  127. Red Hen Press
  128. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  129. Serpent’s Tail
  130. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  131. Seventh Street Books
  132. Severn House
  133. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  134. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  135. Small Beer Press
  136. Smart Pop
  137. Soho Press
  138. Sophia Institute
  139. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  140. Sourcebooks
  141. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  142. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  143. Stairway Press
  144. Steerforth Press
  145. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  146. Stone Arch Books
  147. The Story Plant
  148. The Toby Press
  149. Thorndike Press
  150. Tin House
  151. Tor/Forge Books
  152. Torrey House Press
  153. Twilight Times Books
  154. University of Arizona Press
  155. University of Chicago Press
  156. University of Iowa Press
  157. University of Minnesota Press
  158. University of New Mexico Press
  159. University of Pittsburgh Press
  160. University Press of Florida
  161. University Press of New England
  162. University of Wisconsin Press
  163. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  164. Wildside Press
  165. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  166. Wings Press
  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 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