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 5, 2019


(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, Amazon Original Stories, Avalon, 47North, Kindle Press, Lake Union, Little A, Montlake Romance, New Harvest, StoryFront and Thomas & Mercer)
  8. Amberjack Publishing
  9. Amber Quill Press LLC (e-books only) (Out of business)
  10. American Girl Publishing
  11. Angry Robot Books, including Exhibit A
  12. Arbutus Press
  13. Arte Publico Press – University of Houston
  14. A.S.A.P. Publishing
  15. Astor + Blue Editions
  16. B&H Publishing
  17. Baker Publishing Group (including Bethany House Publishers and Revell)
  18. Barbour Publishing
  19. Barking Rain Press (Out of business)
  20. Barricade Books
  21. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  22. Bella Rosa Books
  23. BelleBooks/BelleBridge Books
  24. Bitter Lemon Press
  25. Black Opal Books
  26. Blackstone Audio
  27. John F. Blair
  28. Bloomsbury Publishing USA (all imprints)
  29. BluewaterPress LLC
  30. Bold Strokes Books
  31. Brash Books
  32. Brilliance Audio Books
  33. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  34. Candlewick Press
  35. Capstone Press (including Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books and Switch Press)
  36. ChiZine Publications
  37. Chronicle Books
  38. Cinco Puntos Press
  39. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  40. Coffee House Press
  41. Coffeetown PressCamel Press
  42. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  43. Crippin and Landru
  44. Crooked Lane Books
  45. Crossroad Press (e-books only)
  46. Crum Creek Press
  47. Dark Horse Books
  48. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  49. Diversion Books
  50. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  51. Down and Out Books (including ABC Documentation, All Due Respect, New Wave Crime, Shotgun Honey)
  52. Down East Books
  53. Down the Shore Publishing
  54. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  55. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  56. ECW Press
  57. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  58. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  59. Europa Editions
  60. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  61. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  62. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  63. Felony & Mayhem
  64. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  65. Gemma Halliday Books
  66. Globe Pequot (all imprints)
  67. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  68. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  69. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  70. Hal Leonard Group
  71. Hard Case Crime
  72. Harlequin (all imprints)
  73. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  74. Harvest House
  75. Henery Press
  76. Henry Holt & Co.
  77. History Press (no e-books)
  78. Holiday House
  79. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  80. House of Anansi
  81. Hyperion Books
  82. IG Publishing
  83. Ingalls Publishing Group
  84. Intrigue Press
  85. Islandport Books
  86. Johns Hopkins University Press
  87. JournalStone Publishing
  88. Justin, Charles & Co.
  89. Kane Press
  90. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  91. Kent State University Press
  92. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  93. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  94. Lerner Publishing
  95. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  96. Linden Publishing
  97. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  98. Louisiana State University Press
  99. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  100. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  101. Manic D Press
  102. Marion Street 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
  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
  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. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  158. Stanford University Press
  159. Stark House Press
  160. Steerforth Press
  161. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  162. The Story Plant
  163. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  164. Text Publishing
  165. The Toby Press
  166. Thorndike Press
  167. Three Rooms Press
  168. Tin House
  169. Titan Books
  170. Tor/Forge Books
  171. Torrey House Press
  172. Twilight Times Books
  173. Tyndale Publishing
  174. University of Arizona Press
  175. University of Chicago Press
  176. University of Iowa Press
  177. University of Minnesota Press
  178. University of Nebraska Press
  179. University of New Mexico Press
  180. University of North Carolina Press
  181. University of Pittsburgh Press
  182. University Press of Florida
  183. University Press of Kentucky
  184. University Press of New England
  185. University of Wisconsin Press
  186. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  187. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  188. Wiley & Sons (all imprints)
  189. Wings Press
  190. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  191. Workman Publishing
  192. YMAA Publications
  193. Zondervan

POLICY ON UNIVERSITY PRESSES: Major state or private universities are to be approved; minor or relatively unknown schools 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 Scene Magazine
  14. Mystery Tribune
  15. Mystery Weekly Magazine
  16. Necrotic Tissue (Out of Business)
  17. Paradox Magazine (Out of Business)
  18. Sniplits (Out of business)
  19. Spinetingler Magazine (see Down & Out Books)
  20. Strand Magazine
  21. Virginia Quarterly Review
  22. Woman’s World Magazine