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.

Last revision date: October 4, 2018


(Other publishers will be added as they are vetted and approved.)

  1. Academy Chicago Publishing/Chicago Review Press
  2. Adventure Publications
  3. Akashic Books
  4. Albert Whitman & Company
  5. Algonquin Books
  6. Alyson (for books published prior to 10/1/10)
  7. 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)
  8. Amber Quill Press LLC (e-books only) (Out of business)
  9. American Girl Publishing
  10. Angry Robot Books, including Exhibit A
  11. Arbutus Press
  12. Arte Publico Press – University of Houston
  13. A.S.A.P. Publishing
  14. Astor + Blue Editions
  15. B&H Publishing
  16. Baker Publishing Group (including Bethany House Publishers and Revell)
  17. Barbour Publishing
  18. Barking Rain Press (Out of business)
  19. Barricade Books
  20. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  21. Bella Rosa Books
  22. BelleBooks/BelleBridge Books
  23. Bitter Lemon Press
  24. Black Opal Books
  25. Blackstone Audio
  26. John F. Blair
  27. Bloomsbury Publishing USA (all imprints)
  28. BluewaterPress LLC
  29. Bold Strokes Books
  30. Brash Books
  31. Brilliance Audio Books
  32. Bywater Books including Bloody Brits Press
  33. Candlewick Press
  34. Capstone Press (including Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books and Switch Press)
  35. ChiZine Publications
  36. Chronicle Books
  37. Cinco Puntos Press
  38. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  39. Coffee House Press
  40. Coffeetown PressCamel Press
  41. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  42. Crippin and Landru
  43. Crooked Lane Books
  44. Crossroads Press (e-books only)
  45. Crum Creek Press
  46. Dark Horse Books
  47. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  48. Diversion Books
  49. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  50. Down and Out Books (including ABC Documentation, All Due Respect, New Wave Crime, Shotgun Honey)
  51. Down East Books
  52. Down the Shore Publishing
  53. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  54. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  55. ECW Press
  56. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  57. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  58. Europa Editions
  59. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  60. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  61. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  62. Felony & Mayhem
  63. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  64. Gemma Halliday Books
  65. Globe Pequot (all imprints)
  66. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  67. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  68. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  69. Hal Leonard Group
  70. Hard Case Crime
  71. Harlequin (all imprints)
  72. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  73. Harvest House
  74. Henery Press
  75. Henry Holt & Co.
  76. History Press (no e-books)
  77. Holiday House
  78. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  79. House of Anansi
  80. Hyperion Books
  81. IG Publishing
  82. Ingalls Publishing Group
  83. Intrigue Press
  84. Islandport Books
  85. JournalStone Publishing
  86. Justin, Charles & Co.
  87. Kane Press
  88. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  89. Kent State University Press
  90. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  91. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  92. Lerner Publishing
  93. Level Best Books (short stories only)
  94. Linden Publishing
  95. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  96. Louisiana State University Press
  97. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  98. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  99. Manic D Press
  100. Marion Street Press
  101. McFarland & Co.
  102. Medallion Press
  103. Melange Books
  104. MLR Press (e-books only)
  105. MX Publishing Ltd
  106. Mysterious Press
  107. Napoleon & Company (including RendezVous Crime)
  108. New Horizon Press Books
  109. NewSouth Books
  110. Oceanview Publishing
  111. Ohio University Press
  112. Open Road Integrated Media
  113. Orca Book Publishers
  114. Orion Books
  115. The Overlook Press
  116. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  117. Oxford University Press
  118. Peachtree Publishers
  119. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  120. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  121. Perfect Crime Books
  122. Perseverance Press, including John Daniel
  123. Permanent Press
  124. Perseus Books Group
  125. Piatkus Books
  126. Pleasure Boat Studio
  127. Plexus Publishing
  128. PM Press
  129. Poisoned Pen Press
  130. Polis Books
  131. Post Mortem Press
  132. Potomac Books
  133. Princeton University Press
  134. Prometheus Books
  135. Prospect Park Books
  136. Quercus
  137. Quirk Books
  138. Rare Bird Books
  139. Red Hen Press
  140. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  141. Serpent’s Tail
  142. Seven Realms Publishing (for both print and e-books)
  143. Severn House
  144. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  145. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  146. Small Beer Press
  147. Smart Pop
  148. Soho Press
  149. Sophia Institute
  150. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  151. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  152. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  153. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  154. Stairway Press
  155. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  156. Stanford University Press
  157. Stark House Press
  158. Steerforth Press
  159. Sterling Publishing, including Metro Books
  160. The Story Plant
  161. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  162. Text Publishing
  163. The Toby Press
  164. Thorndike Press
  165. Three Rooms Press
  166. Tin House
  167. Titan Books
  168. Tor/Forge Books
  169. Torrey House Press
  170. Twilight Times Books
  171. Tyndale Publishing
  172. University of Arizona Press
  173. University of Chicago Press
  174. University of Iowa Press
  175. University of Minnesota Press
  176. University of Nebraska Press
  177. University of New Mexico Press
  178. University of North Carolina Press
  179. University of Pittsburgh Press
  180. University Press of Florida
  181. University Press of Kentucky
  182. University Press of New England
  183. University of Wisconsin Press
  184. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  185. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  186. Wiley & Sons (all imprints)
  187. Wings Press
  188. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  189. Workman Publishing
  190. YMAA Publications
  191. Zondervan

POLICY ON UNIVERSITY PRESSES: Major state or private universities are to be approved; minor or relatively unknown schools 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