Poisoned Pen Press

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Poisoned Pen Press
Parent companySourcebooks
FounderRobert Rosenwald, Barbara G. Peters, Susan Malling
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationScottsdale, Arizona
DistributionIngram Publisher Services[1]
Key peopleRobert Rosenwald (Publisher and President)
Barbara G. Peters (Senior Editor)
Jessica Tribble (Associate Publisher)
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresMystery
ImprintsThe Poisoned Pencil
No. of employees8
Official websitewww.poisonedpenpress.com

Poisoned Pen Press is a publisher of mystery fiction based in Scottsdale, Arizona, US. 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.[2]

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.[3]

Poisoned Pen Press was acquired by Sourcebooks in 2018.[4]

The Poisoned Pencil[edit]

In 2012, The Poisoned Pencil, an imprint of Poisoned Pen Press was founded to publish mysteries for young adults.[5] Ellen Larson was named editor of The Poisoned Pencil.[6] The first release from The Poisoned Pencil was Death Spiral, by Janie Chodosh, on April 1, 2014.[7] When Poisoned Pen Press was acquired by Sourcebooks in 2018, The Poisoned Pencil was merged into Sourcebooks' young adult imprint, Sourcebooks Fire.[4]

Awards and recognition[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.[8]

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".[9][10]

Notable authors[edit]

Notable authors the company has published include:


  1. ^ "Publishers We Work With - Book Distribution | Ingram Content Group". Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  2. ^ "Poisoned Pen Press Website - history of the company". Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  3. ^ "Interview with Barbara Peters". Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  4. ^ a b "Poisoned Pen Press Will Become Sourcebooks' Mystery Imprint". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  5. ^ "About Young Adult Mystery Publisher, The Poisoned Pencil". The Poisoned Pencil. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Poisoned Pen Press Creates YA Imprint". Publishers Weekly. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  7. ^ Werris, Wendy (11 March 2014). "The Poisoned Pencil Announces First YA Title". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Bouchercon Conference Details of Guests of Honor". Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  9. ^ "A Good Night for Minotaur at the Edgars". Archived from the original on May 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  10. ^ "Ellery Queen Award Winners". Retrieved 2010-04-30.[not in citation given]

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