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:  September 10, 2021

PUBLISHING COMPANIES APPROVED TO DATE BY MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

(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. Audible, an Amazon company
  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. Brash Books
  35. Brilliance Audio Books
  36. Bywater Books including Amble Press
  37. Candlewick Press
  38. Capstone Press (including Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books and Switch Press)
  39. ChiZine Publications
  40. Chronicle Books
  41. Cinco Puntos Press
  42. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  43. Coffee House 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. MX Publishing Ltd
  112. Mysterious Press
  113. Napoleon & Company (including RendezVous Crime)
  114. New Horizon Press Books
  115. NewSouth Books
  116. Oceanview Publishing
  117. Ohio University Press
  118. Open Road Integrated Media
  119. Orca Book Publishers
  120. Orion Books
  121. The Overlook Press
  122. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  123. Oxford University Press
  124. Peachtree Publishers
  125. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  126. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  127. Perfect Crime Books
  128. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  129. Permanent Press
  130. Perseus Books Group
  131. Piatkus Books
  132. Pleasure Boat Studio
  133. Plexus Publishing
  134. PM Press
  135. Poisoned Pen Press
  136. Polis Books
  137. Post Mortem Press
  138. Potomac Books
  139. Princeton University Press
  140. Prometheus Books
  141. Prospect Park Books
  142. Quercus
  143. Quirk Books
  144. Rare Bird Books
  145. Red Hen Press
  146. Routledge
  147. Rutgers University Press
  148. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  149. Serpent’s Tail
  150. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  151. Severn House
  152. Severn River Publishing
  153. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  154. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  155. Small Beer Press
  156. Smart Pop
  157. Soho Press
  158. Sophia Institute
  159. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  160. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  161. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  162. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  163. Stairway Press
  164. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  165. Stanford University Press
  166. Stark House Press
  167. Steerforth Press
  168. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  169. The Story Plant
  170. Syracuse University Press
  171. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  172. Text Publishing
  173. The Toby Press
  174. Thorndike Press
  175. Three Rooms Press
  176. Tin House
  177. Titan Books
  178. Tor/Forge Books
  179. Torrey House Press
  180. Tule Publishing Group
  181. Twilight Times Books
  182. Tyndale Publishing
  183. University of Arizona Press
  184. University of Chicago Press
  185. University of Iowa Press
  186. University of Massachusetts Press
  187. University of Minnesota Press
  188. University of Nebraska Press
  189. University of New Mexico Press
  190. University of North Carolina Press
  191. University of Oklahoma Press
  192. University of Pittsburgh Press
  193. University Press of Florida
  194. University Press of Kentucky
  195. University Press of New England
  196. University of Wisconsin Press
  197. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  198. West Virginia University Press
  199. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  200. Wiley & Sons (all imprints)
  201. Wings Press
  202. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  203. Workman Publishing
  204. YMAA Publications
  205. 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.

APPROVED PERIODICAL/WEBZINE PUBLISHING COMPANIES APPROVED TO DATE BY MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

  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
  8. CriminalElement.com
  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. Virginia Quarterly Review
  23. Woman’s World Magazine