Welcome to Nautilus Book Awards

For those of you who are new to Nautilus, we extend a heartfelt welcome and hope that you enjoy exploring this website.  And perhaps, you may have a potential Nautilus Award Winner!

Update Note: The full list of 2017 Award Winners was posted on this website as of Monday, April 30, 2018. We sent email notification to all Award Winners during mid-April.   If you received an individual email Winner Announcement during the two-week period, Congratulations!

Future Season: Our next Nautilus Season will launch on September 21, 2018 (Friday), with entries welcomed with postmark through Feb. 8, 2019. Books that were published during either 2018 or 2017 are eligible to be entered. If you wish to receive monthly bulletins about the new season, we invite you to join the Nautilus Mailing List (see JOIN box below).

On the Categories page (see left navigation-bar), you can view the current list of Book Categories for our Awards season.  There are 35 general categories (several with A and B segments, which are described).  The full list includes eight (8) categories of books for Children and Youth. The younger readers are our special joy — we sincerely hope that those of you who write for any readers between ages 2 through 18 will consider sending an Entry in our next season!

You can see the full list (pdf) of our prior year 2017 Award Winners on several pages of this website:  View the Bookcovers and Author/Title/Publisher of all the winners (grouped in their Category or genre) on the pages titled 2017 Grand/Gold Winners, and 2017 Silver Winners.  A link to the PDF listing is given at the top of both those Winner webpages.

The specific steps for sending an entry to Nautilus are described on the Guidelines for Entering page.

We generally send monthly updates to all persons on our mail list, with information about the review process and selection of Award Winners. You can join the Nautilus Book Awards Mail List by clicking the green button “JOIN” (below).

If you are interested in background of how the Nautilus Book Awards program began, please take a look at The Nautilus 20-Year Story page.

Thank you to each and every Author &/or Publisher who chooses to send an entry for this special program.  We applaud your creative projects to birth informative, innovative, and inspiring books into the world.  Each entry we receive is held in respect and gratitude, as our Reviewers and Judges Team make the difficult decisions to select some outstanding Books from among a large wave of excellent books in each category.

Thank you each and all for contributing Better Books for a Better World. 

With all best wishes for the future promotion of your books!
~ In love of reading and learning, Mary Belknap, PhD, Nautilus Director

On behalf of the Nautilus reviewers, judges, staff, volunteers, and office cat Talise.



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Nautilus Mission

Our core mission is to celebrate and honor books that support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change, and spiritual growth.


The Nautilus Awards represents Better Books for a Better World

Now in its 20th year, this unique book award program has continued to gain prestige with authors and publishers around the world as it seeks, honors, awards and promotes print books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens.

Dedicated to excellence and the highest literary standards, the Nautilus Awards program supports its winners in getting wider recognition, exhibiting opportunities, media coverage, industry exposure and enhanced prospects for sales.

We look for exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, responsible leadership and positive social change as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for children, teens and young adults.


Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Caroline Myss
Barbara Kingsolver
Daniel James Brown
Louise Erdrich
Frances Moore Lappe’
Anna Lappe’
Jeremy Rifkin
Hedrick Smith
Eben Alexander, M.D.
Elizabeth Lesser
Marianne Williamson
Peter Canova

Lenedra Carroll
Gail Straub
Thich Nhat Hanh
Jean Houston, Ph.D.
Eckhart Tolle
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Hazel Henderson
Rhonda Byrne
Robbie Holtz
Riane Eisler
Matthew Fox
Angeles Arrien
Gregg Braden
Christiane Northrup
Joel Osteen
Paul Rogat Loeb, Ph.D.
Mark Reinfeld
Bo Rinaldi

Michael Beckwith
Thom Hartmann
Amy Goodman
Masaru Emoto
Joel Fotinos
Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
Bob Abernethy
Dave Pelzer
Liz Mitten Ryan
Andrew Harvey
Andrew Weil, M.D.
John Francis, Ph.D.
Katherine Neville
Desmond Tutu
David Korten
Julia Cameron
Carol Scribner

Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D.
T.A. Barron
Lynne McTaggart
Marci Shimoff
Lynne Twist
Gary Zukav
David Simon, M.D.
Mariel Hemingway
Judy Collins
Daniel Pinchbeck
Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Holly Clegg
Ariel & Shya Kane
David Pelzer
Naomi Wolf
David Batstone
Susun Weed
and more . . .

Guidelines for entering

The 20th Nautilus Season will be open for Postmarked Entries from Sept. 21, 2017 through Feb. 10, 2018. Award Winning Books from the 2017 Season will be announced in May 2018!

Entry packages postmarked from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31, 2017 benefit from Early Entry Fees. Entries postmarked Nov. 1-Dec. 30. will have Regular Entry Fees.