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: September 6, 2017


(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. Brash Books
  30. Brilliance Audio Books
  31. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  32. Candlewick Press
  33. Capstone Press (including Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books and Switch Press)
  34. ChiZine Publications
  35. Chronicle Books
  36. Cinco Puntos Press
  37. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  38. Coffee House Press
  39. Coffeetown PressCamel Press
  40. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  41. Crippin and Landru
  42. Crooked Lane Books
  43. Crossroads Press (e-books only)
  44. Crum Creek Press
  45. Dark Horse Books
  46. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  47. Diversion Books
  48. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  49. Down and Out Books
  50. Down East Books
  51. Down the Shore Publishing
  52. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  53. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  54. ECW Press
  55. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  56. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  57. Europa Editions
  58. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  59. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  60. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  61. Felony & Mayhem
  62. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  63. Foul Play Press
  64. Gemma Halliday Books
  65. Globe Pequot
  66. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  67. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  68. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  69. Hal Leonard Group
  70. Hard Case Crime
  71. Harlequin (all imprints)
  72. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  73. Harvest House
  74. Henery Press
  75. Henry Holt & Co.
  76. History Press (no e-books)
  77. Holiday House
  78. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  79. House of Anansi
  80. Hyperion Books
  81. IG Publishing
  82. Ingalls Publishing Group
  83. Intrigue Press
  84. Islandport Books
  85. JournalStone Publishing
  86. Justin, Charles & Co.
  87. Kane Press
  88. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  89. Kent State University Press
  90. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  91. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  92. Lerner Publishing
  93. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  94. Linden Publishing
  95. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  96. Louisiana State University Press
  97. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  98. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  99. Manic D Press
  100. Marietta Publishing
  101. Marion Street Press
  102. McBook Press
  103. McFarland & Co.
  104. Medallion Press
  105. Melange Books
  106. MLR Press (e-books only)
  107. MX Publishing Ltd
  108. Mysterious Press
  109. Napoleon & Company, including RendezVous Crime
  110. New Horizon Press Books
  111. NewSouth Books
  112. Oceanview Publishing
  113. Ohio University Press
  114. Open Road Integrated Media
  115. Orca Book Publishers
  116. Orion Books
  117. The Overlook Press
  118. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  119. Oxford University Press
  120. Peachtree Publishers
  121. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  122. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  123. Perfect Crime Books
  124. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  125. Permanent Press
  126. Perseus Books Group, including Carroll & Graf, Vanguard Press and Weinstein Books
  127. Piatkus Books
  128. Pleasure Boat Studio
  129. Plexus Publishing
  130. PM Press
  131. Poisoned Pen Press
  132. Polis Books
  133. Post Mortem Press
  134. Potomac Books
  135. Princeton University Press
  136. Prometheus Books (including Seventh Street, Pyr and Humanity imprints)
  137. Prospect Park Books
  138. Quercus
  139. Quirk Books
  140. Rare Bird Books
  141. Red Hen Press
  142. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  143. Serpent’s Tail
  144. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  145. Severn House
  146. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  147. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  148. Small Beer Press
  149. Smart Pop
  150. Soho Press
  151. Sophia Institute
  152. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  153. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  154. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  155. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  156. Stairway Press
  157. Stanford University Press
  158. Stark House Press
  159. Steerforth Press
  160. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  161. The Story Plant
  162. Text Publishing
  163. The Toby Press
  164. Thorndike Press
  165. Three Rooms Press
  166. Tin House
  167. Titan Books
  168. Tor/Forge Books
  169. Torrey House Press
  170. Twilight Times Books
  171. Tyndale Publishing
  172. University of Arizona Press
  173. University of Chicago Press
  174. University of Iowa Press
  175. University of Minnesota Press
  176. University of Nebraska Press
  177. University of New Mexico Press
  178. University of North Carolina Press
  179. University of Pittsburgh Press
  180. University Press of Florida
  181. University Press of Kentucky
  182. University Press of New England
  183. University of Wisconsin Press
  184. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  185. Wildside Press
  186. Wiley & Sons, all imprints
  187. Wings Press
  188. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  189. Workman Publishing
  190. YMAA Publications
  191. 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. Mystery Weekly Magazine
  16. Necrotic Tissue (Out of Business)
  17. Paradox Magazine (Out of Business)
  18. Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
  19. Sniplits
  20. Spinetingler Magazine
  21. Strand Magazine
  22. Virginia Quarterly Review
  23. Woman’s World Magazine