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:  January 13, 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. 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. Cornell University Press
  44. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  45. Crippin and Landru
  46. Crooked Lane Books
  47. Crossroad Press (e-books only)
  48. Crum Creek Press
  49. Dark Horse Books
  50. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  51. Diversion Books – Under Review
  52. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  53. Down and Out Books (including ABC Documentation, All Due Respect, New Wave Crime, Shotgun Honey)
  54. Down East Books
  55. Down the Shore Publishing
  56. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  57. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  58. ECW Press
  59. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  60. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  61. Epicenter Press (parent of Coffeetown & Camel Press)
  62. Europa Editions
  63. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  64. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  65. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  66. Felony & Mayhem
  67. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  68. Gemma Halliday Books
  69. Globe Pequot (all imprints)
  70. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  71. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  72. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  73. Hal Leonard Group
  74. Hard Case Crime
  75. Harlequin (all imprints)
  76. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  77. Harvest House
  78. Henery Press – Under Review
  79. Henry Holt & Co.
  80. History Press (no e-books)
  81. Holiday House
  82. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  83. House of Anansi
  84. Hyperion Books
  85. IG Publishing
  86. Ingalls Publishing Group
  87. Intrigue Press
  88. Islandport Books
  89. Johns Hopkins University Press
  90. JournalStone Publishing
  91. Justin, Charles & Co.
  92. Kane Press
  93. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  94. Kent State University Press
  95. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  96. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  97. Lerner Publishing
  98. Level Best Books
  99. Linden Publishing
  100. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  101. Louisiana State University Press
  102. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  103. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  104. Manic D Press
  105. Marion Street Press
  106. McFarland & Co.
  107. Medallion Press
  108. Melange Books
  109. Melville House
  110. MLR Press (e-books only)
  111. Mobius Books (formerly Quercus USA)
  112. MX Publishing Ltd
  113. Mysterious Press
  114. Napoleon & Company (including RendezVous Crime)
  115. New Horizon Press Books
  116. NewSouth Books
  117. Nimbus Publishing
  118. Oceanview Publishing
  119. Ohio University Press
  120. Open Road Integrated Media
  121. Orca Book Publishers
  122. Orion Books
  123. The Overlook Press
  124. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  125. Oxford University Press
  126. Peachtree Publishers
  127. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  128. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  129. Perfect Crime Books
  130. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  131. Permanent Press
  132. Perseus Books Group
  133. Piatkus Books
  134. Pleasure Boat Studio
  135. Plexus Publishing
  136. PM Press
  137. Poisoned Pen Press
  138. Polis Books
  139. Post Mortem Press
  140. Potomac Books
  141. Princeton University Press
  142. Prometheus Books
  143. Prospect Park Books
  144. Quirk Books
  145. Rare Bird Books
  146. Red Hen Press
  147. Routledge
  148. Rutgers University Press
  149. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  150. Serpent’s Tail
  151. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  152. Severn House
  153. Severn River Publishing
  154. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  155. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  156. Small Beer Press
  157. Smart Pop
  158. Soho Press
  159. Sophia Institute
  160. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  161. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  162. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  163. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  164. Stairway Press
  165. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  166. Stanford University Press
  167. Stark House Press
  168. Steerforth Press
  169. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  170. The Story Plant
  171. Syracuse University Press
  172. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  173. Text Publishing
  174. The Toby Press
  175. Thorndike Press
  176. Three Rooms Press
  177. Tin House
  178. Titan Books
  179. Tor/Forge Books
  180. Torrey House Press
  181. Tule Publishing Group
  182. Turner Publishing
  183. Twilight Times Books
  184. Tyndale Publishing
  185. University of Arizona Press
  186. University of Chicago Press
  187. University of Iowa Press
  188. University of Massachusetts Press
  189. University of Minnesota Press
  190. University of Nebraska Press
  191. University of New Mexico Press
  192. University of North Carolina Press
  193. University of Oklahoma Press
  194. University of Pittsburgh Press
  195. University Press of Florida
  196. University Press of Kentucky
  197. University Press of New England
  198. University of Wisconsin Press
  199. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  200. West Virginia University Press
  201. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  202. Wiley & Sons (all imprints)
  203. Wings Press
  204. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  205. Workman Publishing
  206. YMAA Publications
  207. 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. Virginia Quarterly Review
  24. Woman’s World Magazine