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:  September 5, 2019


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