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:  November 2, 2023


(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, Skyscape, 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. Bancroft Press
  21. Barbour Publishing
  22. Barking Rain Press (Out of business)
  23. Barricade Books
  24. Bella Books, including Rising Tide
  25. Bella Rosa Books
  26. BelleBooks/BelleBridge Books
  27. Berry Content
  28. Bitter Lemon Press
  29. Black Opal Books Under Review
  30. Blackstone Audio
  31. John F. Blair
  32. Bloomsbury Publishing USA (all imprints)
  33. BluewaterPress LLC
  34. Bold Strokes Books
  35. Bookouture
  36. Brash Books
  37. Brilliance Audio Books
  38. Bywater Books including Amble Press
  39. CamCat Books
  40. Candlewick Press
  41. Capstone Press (including Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books and Switch Press)
  42. Charade Media (formerly Seven Realms Publishing)
  43. ChiZine Publications
  44. Chronicle Books
  45. Cinco Puntos Press
  46. Cleis Press (no e-books)
  47. Coffee House Press
  48. Columbia University Press
  49. Cornell University Press
  50. Counterpoint Press, including Shoemaker & Hoard and Soft Skull Press
  51. Crippin and Landru
  52. Crooked Lane Books
  53. Crossroad Press (e-books only)
  54. Crum Creek Press
  55. Dark Horse Books
  56. Deadly Niche Press (e-books only)
  57. Diversion Books – Under Review
  58. Douglas & McIntyre
  59. Dover Publications (reprints only)
  60. Down and Out Books
  61. Down East Books
  62. Down the Shore Publishing
  63. Dreamspinner Press (including DSP Publications & Harmony Ink)
  64. Dundurn Press, including Castle Street Mysteries
  65. DX Varos Publishing
  66. ECW Press
  67. Egmont USA (see Lerner Publishing)
  68. Encircle Publications
  69. Entangled Publishing (e-books only)
  70. Epicenter Press (parent of Coffeetown & Camel Press)
  71. Europa Editions
  72. Evernight Publishing (e-books only)
  73. F&W Publications (all imprints)
  74. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (all imprints)
  75. Felony & Mayhem
  76. Five Star (subsidiary of Cengage)
  77. Flame Tree Publishing
  78. Gemma Halliday Books
  79. Globe Pequot (all imprints)
  80. Greenwood Press (including Praeger)
  81. Grove Atlantic (all imprints)
  82. Hachette Book Group (all imprints)
  83. Hal Leonard Group
  84. Harbour Publishing
  85. Hard Case Crime
  86. Harlequin (all imprints)
  87. HarperCollins Publishers (all imprints)
  88. Harvest House
  89. Henery Press – Under Review
  90. Henry Holt & Co.
  91. History Press (no e-books)
  92. Holiday House (including Pixel+Ink)
  93. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (all imprints)
  94. House of Anansi
  95. Hyperion Books
  96. IG Publishing
  97. Ingalls Publishing Group
  98. Intrigue Press
  99. Islandport Books
  100. Johns Hopkins University Press
  101. JournalStone Publishing
  102. Justin, Charles & Co.
  103. Kane Press
  104. Kensington Publishing – all imprints (for both print and e-books)
  105. Kent State University Press
  106. Kunati Books (Out of Business)
  107. L&L Dreamspell (e-books only) (Out of Business)
  108. Lerner Publishing
  109. Level Best Books
  110. Linden Publishing
  111. Llewellyn Worldwide and all divisions (including Flux and Midnight Ink)
  112. Louisiana State University Press
  113. MacAdam/Cage Publishing (Out of Business)
  114. MacMillan Publishers (all imprints)
  115. Manic D Press
  116. Marion Street Press
  117. McFarland & Co.
  118. Medallion Press
  119. Melange Books
  120. Melville House
  121. MLR Press (e-books only) (out of business)
  122. Mobius Books (formerly Quercus USA)
  123. MX Publishing Ltd
  124. Mysterious Press
  125. Napoleon & Company (including RendezVous Crime)
  126. New Horizon Press Books
  127. NewSouth Books
  128. Nimbus Publishing
  129. Oceanview Publishing
  130. Ohio University Press
  131. Open Road Integrated Media
  132. Orca Book Publishers
  133. Orion Books
  134. The Overlook Press
  135. Overmountain Press, including Silver Dagger
  136. Oxford University Press
  137. Paper Angel Press
  138. Peachtree Publishers
  139. Pegasus Books (New York, NY)
  140. Penguin Random House (all imprints)
  141. Penzler Publishers (all imprints)
  142. Perfect Crime Books
  143. Permanent Press
  144. Perseus Books Group
  145. Piatkus Books
  146. Pleasure Boat Studio
  147. Plexus Publishing
  148. PM Press
  149. Poisoned Pen Press
  150. Polis Books
  151. Post Mortem Press
  152. Potomac Books
  153. Princeton University Press
  154. Prometheus Books
  155. Prospect Park Books
  156. Quirk Books
  157. Rare Bird Books
  158. Red Hen Press
  159. Routledge
  160. Rutgers University Press
  161. Schaffner Press
  162. Scholastic Press (all imprints)
  163. Secret Staircase Books
  164. Serpent’s Tail
  165. Severn House
  166. Severn River Publishing
  167. Simon & Schuster (all imprints)
  168. Skyhorse Publishing (all imprints)
  169. Small Beer Press
  170. Smart Pop
  171. Soho Press
  172. Sophia Institute
  173. Soul Mate Publishing (e-books only)
  174. Sourcebooks (all imprints)
  175. Southeast Missouri State University Press
  176. St. Martin’s Press (all imprints)
  177. Stairway Press
  178. Start Publishing (Seventh Street Books)
  179. Stanford University Press
  180. Stark House Press
  181. Steerforth Press
  182. The Story Plant
  183. Syracuse University Press
  184. Taylor & Francis/Routledge
  185. Text Publishing
  186. The Toby Press
  187. Thorndike Press
  188. Three Rooms Press
  189. Tin House
  190. Titan Books
  191. Tor/Forge Books
  192. Torrey House Press
  193. TouchPoint Press Under Review
  194. Tule Publishing Group
  195. Turner Publishing
  196. Twilight Times Books
  197. Tyndale Publishing
  198. Union Square and Company (formerly Sterling Publishing)
  199. University of Arizona Press
  200. University of Chicago Press
  201. University of Iowa Press
  202. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
  203. University of Massachusetts Press
  204. University of Minnesota Press
  205. University of Nebraska Press
  206. University of Nevada Press
  207. University of New Mexico Press
  208. University of North Carolina Press
  209. University of Oklahoma Press
  210. University of Pittsburgh Press
  211. University Press of Florida
  212. University Press of Kentucky
  213. University Press of New England
  214. University of Wisconsin Press
  215. Watermark Publishing (Books Hawaii)
  216. West Virginia University Press
  217. Wildside Press (including Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Weekly, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine)
  218. Wiley & Sons (all imprints)
  219. Wings Press
  220. W.W. Norton (including The Countryman Press)
  221. Workman Publishing
  222. YMAA Publications
  223. 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