Poisoned Pen Press

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Poisoned Pen Press
Founded 1997
Founder Robert Rosenwald, Barbara G. Peters, Susan Malling
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Scottsdale, Arizona
Key people Robert Rosenwald (Publisher and President)
Barbara G. Peters (Senior Editor)
Jessica Tribble (Associate Publisher)
Publication types Books
Fiction genres Mystery
Imprints The Poisoned Pencil
Number of employees 8
Official website www.poisonedpenpress.com

Poisoned Pen Press is a publisher of hardcover mystery fiction in the United States. It is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Poisoned Pen Press typically publishes thirty-six new hardcover mysteries per year, thirty-six new large type editions of those hardcovers, and between thirty and forty new trade paperback editions of previously published hardcovers. Audio books of new titles are produced by Blackstone Audio. All titles are distributed through Ingram Publisher Services.


Poisoned Pen Press was founded in 1997 by Barbara G. Peters, Robert Rosenwald, and their daughter, Susan Malling. Peters, who had founded Scottsdale Arizona's 'The Poisoned Pen, A Mystery Bookstore' a decade ago, sees consolidations in the publishing industry as a threat to cultural diversity and to the survival of the independent bookstore.[1]

Poisoned Pen Press began by selling out-of-print books, but soon expanded to publish original titles. They earned two Edgar Award nominations (1998 and 2000) and many of their books receive positive reviews in trade publications and general press.[2]

The Poisoned Pencil[edit]

In 2012, The Poisoned Pencil, an imprint of Poisoned Pen Press was founded to publish mysteries for young adults.[3] Ellen Larson was named editor of The Poisoned Pencil.[4] The first release from The Poisoned Pencil was Death Spiral, by Janie Chodosh, on April 1, 2014.[5]

Lifetime achievement award[edit]

In recognition of Barbara Peters' and Robert Rosenwald's contribution to the publishing industry, they received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Bouchercon Crime and Mystery conference.[6]

Ellery Queen award[edit]

On April 29, 2010, at the Mystery Writers of America's 64th annual Edgar Awards dinner, Barbara Peters and Robert Rosenwald were given the Ellery Queen Award, which honors "writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry."[7][8]

Notable authors[edit]

Notable authors the company has published include:


  1. ^ "Poisoned Pen Press Website - history of the company". Retrieved 2008-11-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Interview with Barbara Peters". Retrieved 2008-11-30. [dead link]
  3. ^ "About Young Adult Mystery Publisher, The Poisoned Pencil". The Poisoned Pencil. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Poisoned Pen Press Creates YA Imprint". Publishers Weekly. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Werris, Wendy (11 March 2014). "The Poisoned Pencil Announces First YA Title". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bouchercon Conference Details of Guests of Honor". Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  7. ^ "A Good Night for Minotaur at the Edgars". Retrieved 2010-04-30. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Ellery Queen Award Winners". Retrieved 2010-04-30. [not in citation given]

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