About Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Launched in 1941, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine is credited with setting the standard for the modern crime and mystery short story. The magazine has been cited as “the finest periodical of its kind” by The Readers Encyclopedia of American Literature and as “the best mystery magazine in the world, bar none” by author Stephen King. EQMM has received more than 100 awards, including more than 20 Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, and more than 40 Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Book Award winners have appeared in its pages, including William Faulkner and frequent current contributor Joyce Carol Oates. 


Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine came on the scene in the fall of 1941 under the ownership of Lawrence E. Spivak of The Mercury Press (who subsequently founded and hosted the popular TV show Meet the Press). It was heralded as the brainchild of Ellery Queen himself, really the two-cousin writing team of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee. More about EQMM.

EQMM Highlights

Check out this year-by-year record of notable EQMM events from inception to today.


Winner of more than 100 major awards, including 22 Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, EQMM is the most celebrated mystery and crime-fiction publication in the world. Read more.

Vintage Covers

EQMM began life under the art direction of one of the best-known book designers in the world, George Salter. Among Salter’s protégés was Milton Glaser, who was to become, many believe, the foremost designer in the U.S. View covers by Salter and Milton Glaser, as well as many other distinguished artists.


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