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:  April 5, 2021


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