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.
  • If you believe that an Approved publisher is violating MWA standards, please contact the National Office, or submit a form here. Your report will be kept confidential.

Last revision date:  November 7, 2022


(Other publishers will be added as they are vetted and approved.)

  1. Abrams Books
  2. Academy Chicago Publishing/Chicago Review Press
  3. Adventure Publications
  4. Akashic Books
  5. Albert Whitman & Company
  6. Algonquin Books
  7. Alyson (for books published prior to 10/1/10)
  8. Amazon Publishing (for the following imprints only:  AmazonChildren, AmazonCrossing, AmazonEncore, Amazon Original Stories, Audible Originals, Avalon, 47North, Kindle Press, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, New Harvest, StoryFront and Thomas & Mercer)
  9. Amberjack Publishing
  10. Amber Quill Press LLC (e-books only) (Out of business)
  11. American Girl Publishing
  12. Angry Robot Books, including Exhibit A
  13. Arbutus Press
  14. Arte Publico Press – University of Houston
  15. Artemisia Publishing
  16. A.S.A.P. Publishing
  17. Astor + Blue Editions
  18. B&H Publishing
  19. Baker Publishing Group (including Bethany House Publishers and Revell)
  20. Barbour Publishing
  21. Barking Rain Press (Out of business)
  22. Barricade Books
  23. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  24. Bella Rosa Books
  25. BelleBooks/BelleBridge Books
  26. Berry Content
  27. Bitter Lemon Press
  28. Black Opal Books
  29. Blackstone Audio
  30. John F. Blair
  31. Bloomsbury Publishing USA (all imprints)
  32. BluewaterPress LLC
  33. Bold Strokes Books
  34. Bookouture
  35. Brash Books
  36. Brilliance Audio Books
  37. Bywater Books including Amble Press
  38. Candlewick Press
  39. Capstone Press (including Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books and Switch Press)
  40. ChiZine Publications
  41. Chronicle Books
  42. Cinco Puntos Press
  43. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  44. Coffee House Press
  45. Cornell University Press
  46. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  47. Crippin and Landru
  48. Crooked Lane Books
  49. Crossroad Press (e-books only)
  50. Crum Creek Press
  51. Dark Horse Books
  52. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  53. Diversion Books – Under Review
  54. Douglas & McIntyre
  55. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  56. Down and Out Books (including ABC Documentation, All Due Respect, New Wave Crime, Shotgun Honey)
  57. Down East Books
  58. Down the Shore Publishing
  59. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  60. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  61. ECW Press
  62. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  63. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  64. Epicenter Press (parent of Coffeetown & Camel Press)
  65. Europa Editions
  66. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  67. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  68. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  69. Felony & Mayhem
  70. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  71. Gemma Halliday Books
  72. Globe Pequot (all imprints)
  73. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  74. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  75. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  76. Hal Leonard Group
  77. Harbour Publishing
  78. Hard Case Crime
  79. Harlequin (all imprints)
  80. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  81. Harvest House
  82. Henery Press – Under Review
  83. Henry Holt & Co.
  84. History Press (no e-books)
  85. Holiday House (including Pixel+Ink)
  86. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  87. House of Anansi
  88. Hyperion Books
  89. IG Publishing
  90. Ingalls Publishing Group
  91. Intrigue Press
  92. Islandport Books
  93. Johns Hopkins University Press
  94. JournalStone Publishing
  95. Justin, Charles & Co.
  96. Kane Press
  97. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  98. Kent State University Press
  99. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  100. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  101. Lerner Publishing
  102. Level Best Books
  103. Linden Publishing
  104. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  105. Louisiana State University Press
  106. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  107. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  108. Manic D Press
  109. Marion Street Press
  110. McFarland & Co.
  111. Medallion Press
  112. Melange Books
  113. Melville House
  114. MLR Press (e-books only) (out of business)
  115. Mobius Books (formerly Quercus USA)
  116. MX Publishing Ltd
  117. Mysterious Press
  118. Napoleon & Company (including RendezVous Crime)
  119. New Horizon Press Books
  120. NewSouth Books
  121. Nimbus Publishing
  122. Oceanview Publishing
  123. Ohio University Press
  124. Open Road Integrated Media
  125. Orca Book Publishers
  126. Orion Books
  127. The Overlook Press
  128. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  129. Oxford University Press
  130. Peachtree Publishers
  131. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  132. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  133. Perfect Crime Books
  134. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  135. Permanent Press
  136. Perseus Books Group
  137. Piatkus Books
  138. Pleasure Boat Studio
  139. Plexus Publishing
  140. PM Press
  141. Poisoned Pen Press
  142. Polis Books
  143. Post Mortem Press
  144. Potomac Books
  145. Princeton University Press
  146. Prometheus Books
  147. Prospect Park Books
  148. Quirk Books
  149. Rare Bird Books
  150. Red Hen Press
  151. Routledge
  152. Rutgers University Press
  153. Scarlet Publishing
  154. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  155. Secret Staircase Books
  156. Serpent’s Tail
  157. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  158. Severn House
  159. Severn River Publishing
  160. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  161. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  162. Small Beer Press
  163. Smart Pop
  164. Soho Press
  165. Sophia Institute
  166. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  167. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  168. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  169. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  170. Stairway Press
  171. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  172. Stanford University Press
  173. Stark House Press
  174. Steerforth Press
  175. The Story Plant
  176. Syracuse University Press
  177. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  178. Text Publishing
  179. The Toby Press
  180. Thorndike Press
  181. Three Rooms Press
  182. Tin House
  183. Titan Books
  184. Tor/Forge Books
  185. Torrey House Press
  186. TouchPoint Press
  187. Tule Publishing Group
  188. Turner Publishing
  189. Twilight Times Books
  190. Tyndale Publishing
  191. Union Square and Company (formerly Sterling Publishing)
  192. University of Arizona Press
  193. University of Chicago Press
  194. University of Iowa Press
  195. University of Massachusetts Press
  196. University of Minnesota Press
  197. University of Nebraska Press
  198. University of New Mexico Press
  199. University of North Carolina Press
  200. University of Oklahoma Press
  201. University of Pittsburgh Press
  202. University Press of Florida
  203. University Press of Kentucky
  204. University Press of New England
  205. University of Wisconsin Press
  206. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  207. West Virginia University Press
  208. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  209. Wiley & Sons (all imprints)
  210. Wings Press
  211. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  212. Workman Publishing
  213. YMAA Publications
  214. Zondervan

POLICY ON UNIVERSITY PRESSES: Any university press that is a member (at any level) of the Association of University Presses is automatically approved; all other academic presses must be reviewed.


  1. American Way Magazine
  2. Antioch Review
  3. Back Alley Webzine (Out of Business)
  4. Big Click Webzine
  5. Big Pulp Magazine
  6. Cemetery Dance Publications
  7. City Journal
  9. Dell Magazines, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Magazine
  10. First Line Magazine
  11. Forensic Examiner
  12. Missouri Review
  13. Mystery Magazine (formerly Mystery Weekly)
  14. Mystery Scene Magazine
  15. Mystery Tribune
  16. Necrotic Tissue (Out of Business)
  17. Paradox Magazine (Out of Business)
  18. Rock and a Hard Place Magazine
  19. Sniplits (Out of business)
  20. Spinetingler Magazine (see Down & Out Books)
  21. Strand Magazine
  22. The Saturday Evening Post
  23. Tough Blogazine
  24. Virginia Quarterly Review
  25. Woman’s World Magazine