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:  December 1, 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. 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. Cornell University Press
  47. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  48. Crippin and Landru
  49. Crooked Lane Books
  50. Crossroad Press (e-books only)
  51. Crum Creek Press
  52. Dark Horse Books
  53. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  54. Diversion Books – Under Review
  55. Douglas & McIntyre
  56. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  57. Down and Out Books (including ABC Documentation, All Due Respect, New Wave Crime, Shotgun Honey)
  58. Down East Books
  59. Down the Shore Publishing
  60. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  61. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  62. DX Varos Publishing
  63. ECW Press
  64. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  65. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  66. Epicenter Press (parent of Coffeetown & Camel Press)
  67. Europa Editions
  68. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  69. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  70. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  71. Felony & Mayhem
  72. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  73. Gemma Halliday Books
  74. Globe Pequot (all imprints)
  75. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  76. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  77. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  78. Hal Leonard Group
  79. Harbour Publishing
  80. Hard Case Crime
  81. Harlequin (all imprints)
  82. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  83. Harvest House
  84. Henery Press – Under Review
  85. Henry Holt & Co.
  86. History Press (no e-books)
  87. Holiday House (including Pixel+Ink)
  88. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  89. House of Anansi
  90. Hyperion Books
  91. IG Publishing
  92. Ingalls Publishing Group
  93. Intrigue Press
  94. Islandport Books
  95. Johns Hopkins University Press
  96. JournalStone Publishing
  97. Justin, Charles & Co.
  98. Kane Press
  99. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  100. Kent State University Press
  101. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  102. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  103. Lerner Publishing
  104. Level Best Books
  105. Linden Publishing
  106. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  107. Louisiana State University Press
  108. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  109. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  110. Manic D Press
  111. Marion Street Press
  112. McFarland & Co.
  113. Medallion Press
  114. Melange Books
  115. Melville House
  116. MLR Press (e-books only) (out of business)
  117. Mobius Books (formerly Quercus USA)
  118. MX Publishing Ltd
  119. Mysterious Press
  120. Napoleon & Company (including RendezVous Crime)
  121. New Horizon Press Books
  122. NewSouth Books
  123. Nimbus Publishing
  124. Oceanview Publishing
  125. Ohio University Press
  126. Open Road Integrated Media
  127. Orca Book Publishers
  128. Orion Books
  129. The Overlook Press
  130. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  131. Oxford University Press
  132. Peachtree Publishers
  133. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  134. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  135. Perfect Crime Books
  136. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  137. Permanent Press
  138. Perseus Books Group
  139. Piatkus Books
  140. Pleasure Boat Studio
  141. Plexus Publishing
  142. PM Press
  143. Poisoned Pen Press
  144. Polis Books
  145. Post Mortem Press
  146. Potomac Books
  147. Princeton University Press
  148. Prometheus Books
  149. Prospect Park Books
  150. Quirk Books
  151. Rare Bird Books
  152. Red Hen Press
  153. Routledge
  154. Rutgers University Press
  155. Scarlet Publishing
  156. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  157. Secret Staircase Books
  158. Serpent’s Tail
  159. Severn House
  160. Severn River Publishing
  161. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  162. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  163. Small Beer Press
  164. Smart Pop
  165. Soho Press
  166. Sophia Institute
  167. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  168. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  169. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  170. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  171. Stairway Press
  172. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  173. Stanford University Press
  174. Stark House Press
  175. Steerforth Press
  176. The Story Plant
  177. Syracuse University Press
  178. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  179. Text Publishing
  180. The Toby Press
  181. Thorndike Press
  182. Three Rooms Press
  183. Tin House
  184. Titan Books
  185. Tor/Forge Books
  186. Torrey House Press
  187. TouchPoint Press
  188. Tule Publishing Group
  189. Turner Publishing
  190. Twilight Times Books
  191. Tyndale Publishing
  192. Union Square and Company (formerly Sterling Publishing)
  193. University of Arizona Press
  194. University of Chicago Press
  195. University of Iowa Press
  196. University of Massachusetts Press
  197. University of Minnesota Press
  198. University of Nebraska Press
  199. University of New Mexico Press
  200. University of North Carolina Press
  201. University of Oklahoma Press
  202. University of Pittsburgh Press
  203. University Press of Florida
  204. University Press of Kentucky
  205. University Press of New England
  206. University of Wisconsin Press
  207. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  208. West Virginia University Press
  209. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Weekly, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  210. Wiley & Sons (all imprints)
  211. Wings Press
  212. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  213. Workman Publishing
  214. YMAA Publications
  215. 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