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. You may have a potential Nautilus Award Winner!
On the Categories page, 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, Mid-Grade Teens, and Young Adults. 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 during our upcoming season that will launch on September 21, 2020!
The specific steps for sending an entry to Nautilus are described on the Entry Guidelines page.
When you send an Entry Form to participate in the Nautilus program, our staff will add your Name and E-address as (free) subscriber to the Nautilus Book Awards mail list. You will receive periodic updates on the Season's review process, as well as Feature Focus posts with excerpts from several of our recent Award Winners. There is also the option to click the green button “JOIN” (below) to join the mail-list. You can unsubscribe at any time.
If you are interested in background of how the Nautilus Book Awards program began, take a look at The Nautilus 20-Year Story page.
To learn more about books that became Nautilus Winners in past years: The 2018 Award Winners and 2017 Award Winners are posted, under the "Nautilus Winners" tab: Bookcover images of all the Winners appear on the pages 2018 Grand/Gold Winners, 2018 Silver Winners; and 2017 Grand/Gold Winners, and 2017 Silver Winners.
The books are shown by genre (in alpha-order). This is a good place to explore if you are considering sending an Entry to the Nautilus program. At top of the Gold and Silver Winner pages, we provide a link to the full Winners List for the current year (pdf). You can peruse all the Winners in the genre(s) that most closely match your own book. We hope you will feel encouraged that your book can stand in good company with these recent Award Winners!
Thank you to each and every Author or Publisher who chooses to send an entry for this special program. Most of all, thank you for bringing your attention and vitality to Better Books for a Better World! That is how we will all together co-create the wise and healing energies for a better future.
With warm wishes for the development and promotion of your creative projects,
~ In love of reading, Mary Belknap PhD, Nautilus Director
On behalf of the Nautilus Reviewers, Judges Team, Staff, and Volunteers.
UPDATE on the recent 2019 Season
The 2019 Season of Nautilus Book Awards was open for Entries for almost five months, Sept. 21, 2019 - through February 7, 2020. During this Season, we welcomed more than 550 entries of amazing new books!
When the Season began, none of us had heard the term "Covid-19" at all. We had no inkling that a seismic shift in the health of Humanity would occur part-way through our Nautilus season. All of you -- authors, publishers, bookstore owners, librarians, and readers alike -- have been navigating multi-faceted challenges during the past three months. The Nautilus staff and volunteers join me in sending all best wishes to you, your staff and your family for steady good health. We are grateful for your presence on the planet at this pivotal time.
It is now early-May 2020, and here is our Update: The Nautilus Judges Team adapted to a new structure, and met for five days in mid-March online conference, via Zoom rather than in-person. The Judges Team members had copies of the Finalist Books that we discussed. The Award Winners in each of our Categories have been selected, and discussed thoroughly by the Team. The Staff has now compiled the information on our Award Winners; and our website manager has gathered Bookcover images of the Winning books from online sources.
The full list (PDF) of the 2019 Award Winners is posted on our website, at "Nautilus Winners" page. In addition, our core staff has sent an individual email to each Award Winner, at the email-address (for Author &/or Publisher) that you provided on the Entry Form.
We look forward to providing the official Award Winners Announcement, via bulletin to our full mail-list, within the coming week - between May 5 to 8. As award- winning Authors, you will be able to link your promotional messages to your Bookcover image, by end of this week.
Thanks to all of you who participated in the 2019 Nautilus Season! With virtual Hugs, Mary Belknap, on behalf of the entire Nautilus team.
Our core mission is to celebrate and honor books that support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change & social justice, and spiritual growth.
The Nautilus Awards represent Better Books for a Better World
During the past 20 years, this unique book award program has continued to gain prestige with authors and publishers around the world as it seeks, recognizes, honors, celebrates and promotes print books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, families, communities, and global citizens.
Dedicated to excellence and the highest literary standards, the Nautilus Awards program encourages its winners in getting wider recognition, exhibiting opportunities, industry exposure and enhanced prospects for sales.
We look for exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, green values & sustainability, high-level wellness, responsible leadership and positive social change & social justice, as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for children, teens and young adults.
(sample) PAST NAUTILUS WINNING AUTHORS
Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Daniel James Brown
Frances Moore Lappe’
Eben Alexander, M.D.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Jean Houston, Ph.D.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Paul Rogat Loeb, PhD
Michael B. Beckwith
Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
Liz Mitten Ryan
Andrew Weil, M.D.
John Francis, Ph.D.
Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D.
David Simon, M.D.
Gary E Schwartz, PhD
Ariel & Shya Kane
and more . . . (see Gratitude webpage)
Entry Guidelines (Summary)
The upcoming Nautilus Season will open for Entries Postmarked from Sept. 21, 2020 through Feb. 12, 2021.
Award Winning Books from the 2020 Season will be announced in April 2021!
Your entry is complete when three components are received by the Nautilus office: 1) The necessary number of Books, 2) the completed 2020 Entry Form (a copy inserted in each Book), and 3) the Entry Fee Payment.
Entry packages postmarked from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31, 2020 will benefit from Early Bird Entry Fees.
Entries postmarked Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020 need Regular Entry Fees.
Entries postmarked January 1 through February 7, 2021 will need to pay Final Entry Fees.
See our webpage Entry Guidelines for more detail.