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:  February 2, 2023


(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, Skyscape, 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. Charade Media (formerly Seven Realms Publishing)
  41. ChiZine Publications
  42. Chronicle Books
  43. Cinco Puntos Press
  44. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  45. Coffee House Press
  46. Columbia University Press
  47. Cornell University Press
  48. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  49. Crippin and Landru
  50. Crooked Lane Books
  51. Crossroad Press (e-books only)
  52. Crum Creek Press
  53. Dark Horse Books
  54. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  55. Diversion Books – Under Review
  56. Douglas & McIntyre
  57. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  58. Down and Out Books (including ABC Documentation, All Due Respect, New Wave Crime, Shotgun Honey)
  59. Down East Books
  60. Down the Shore Publishing
  61. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  62. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  63. DX Varos Publishing
  64. ECW Press
  65. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  66. Encircle Publications
  67. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  68. Epicenter Press (parent of Coffeetown & Camel Press)
  69. Europa Editions
  70. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  71. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  72. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  73. Felony & Mayhem
  74. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  75. Flame Tree Publishing
  76. Gemma Halliday Books
  77. Globe Pequot (all imprints)
  78. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  79. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  80. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  81. Hal Leonard Group
  82. Harbour Publishing
  83. Hard Case Crime
  84. Harlequin (all imprints)
  85. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  86. Harvest House
  87. Henery Press – Under Review
  88. Henry Holt & Co.
  89. History Press (no e-books)
  90. Holiday House (including Pixel+Ink)
  91. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  92. House of Anansi
  93. Hyperion Books
  94. IG Publishing
  95. Ingalls Publishing Group
  96. Intrigue Press
  97. Islandport Books
  98. Johns Hopkins University Press
  99. JournalStone Publishing
  100. Justin, Charles & Co.
  101. Kane Press
  102. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  103. Kent State University Press
  104. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  105. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  106. Lerner Publishing
  107. Level Best Books
  108. Linden Publishing
  109. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  110. Louisiana State University Press
  111. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  112. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  113. Manic D Press
  114. Marion Street Press
  115. McFarland & Co.
  116. Medallion Press
  117. Melange Books
  118. Melville House
  119. MLR Press (e-books only) (out of business)
  120. Mobius Books (formerly Quercus USA)
  121. MX Publishing Ltd
  122. Mysterious Press
  123. Napoleon & Company (including RendezVous Crime)
  124. New Horizon Press Books
  125. NewSouth Books
  126. Nimbus Publishing
  127. Oceanview Publishing
  128. Ohio University Press
  129. Open Road Integrated Media
  130. Orca Book Publishers
  131. Orion Books
  132. The Overlook Press
  133. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  134. Oxford University Press
  135. Peachtree Publishers
  136. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  137. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  138. Perfect Crime Books
  139. Permanent Press
  140. Perseus Books Group
  141. Piatkus Books
  142. Pleasure Boat Studio
  143. Plexus Publishing
  144. PM Press
  145. Poisoned Pen Press
  146. Polis Books
  147. Post Mortem Press
  148. Potomac Books
  149. Princeton University Press
  150. Prometheus Books
  151. Prospect Park Books
  152. Quirk Books
  153. Rare Bird Books
  154. Red Hen Press
  155. Routledge
  156. Rutgers University Press
  157. Scarlet Publishing
  158. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  159. Secret Staircase Books
  160. Serpent’s Tail
  161. Severn House
  162. Severn River Publishing
  163. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  164. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  165. Small Beer Press
  166. Smart Pop
  167. Soho Press
  168. Sophia Institute
  169. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  170. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  171. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  172. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  173. Stairway Press
  174. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  175. Stanford University Press
  176. Stark House Press
  177. Steerforth Press
  178. The Story Plant
  179. Syracuse University Press
  180. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  181. Text Publishing
  182. The Toby Press
  183. Thorndike Press
  184. Three Rooms Press
  185. Tin House
  186. Titan Books
  187. Tor/Forge Books
  188. Torrey House Press
  189. TouchPoint Press
  190. Tule Publishing Group
  191. Turner Publishing
  192. Twilight Times Books
  193. Tyndale Publishing
  194. Union Square and Company (formerly Sterling Publishing)
  195. University of Arizona Press
  196. University of Chicago Press
  197. University of Iowa Press
  198. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
  199. University of Massachusetts Press
  200. University of Minnesota Press
  201. University of Nebraska Press
  202. University of New Mexico Press
  203. University of North Carolina Press
  204. University of Oklahoma Press
  205. University of Pittsburgh Press
  206. University Press of Florida
  207. University Press of Kentucky
  208. University Press of New England
  209. University of Wisconsin Press
  210. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  211. West Virginia University Press
  212. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Weekly, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  213. Wiley & Sons (all imprints)
  214. Wings Press
  215. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  216. Workman Publishing
  217. YMAA Publications
  218. 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