Books for General Readers
Nautilus Book Awards recognizes books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & sustainability, high-level wellness, and positive social change & social justice as they stimulate the imagination and inspire the reader to new possibilities for a better world.
01 - Aging Consciously: Dealing with diverse issues unique to aging and retirement; finding ways to enjoy, prosper, and appreciate the wisdom years with gratitude, enthusiasm, high-level wellness, and community.
02 - Animals & Nature: Promoting awareness, understanding of and appreciation for the natural world and its myriad inhabitants; includes special stories of our animal friends who live on land, in the air, and in the seas, and relationships with the plant and mineral kingdoms.
03 - Body ~ Mind ~ Spirit Practices: Physical, mind-body, and energy-based approaches designed to enhance and nurture our whole being; ways to maintain balance and amplify the effect of other practices; includes but not limited to yoga, tai chi, meditation, therapeutic touch, and breath work.
04 - Business & Leadership: Innovative, whole-system practices that address the wise and compassionate management and stewardship of public, private and/or nonprofit companies; with focus on personal as well as community and institutional solutions.
05 - Creativity & Innovation: Diverse ways that our intrinsic creative nature finds inspiration and expression, from igniting creative ideas through processes, techniques and artistic craft. Can include instruction, description or demonstration in a wide spectrum of creative forms.
06 - Ecology & Environment: Areas that specifically address challenges, opportunities, and new approaches and actions for strengthening the health and viability of our home planet - air, water, land, and ecosystems – locally, regionally, and globally.
07 A - Fiction: (Self-published, or Small Press: 10 or fewer titles annual) Imaginative storytelling that reflects the power and resilience of the human spirit, often involving ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances who respond to challenges with the highest aspects of human nature.
07 B - Fiction: (Large Publisher, or Large Hybrid Publisher: more than 10 titles annual) Imaginative storytelling that reflects the power and resilience of the human spirit, often involving ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances who respond to challenges with the highest aspects of human nature.
08 - Food, Cooking, & Healthy Eating: Promoting the healing potential of food; preparing food to appeal to the palate, nourish the body, and stimulate the senses; includes new approaches to nutritional guidance and dietary information.
09 - Gift & Specialty: Unique books that focus on or express special ways of thinking, feeling, and being to enhance the human experience; includes books that you would love to share with others.
10 - Green Living & Sustainability: Practical ways to support responsible stewardship in conservation, building & construction, alternative energy, and "natural living"; can address activities such as home ecosystems, gardening and farming, and meeting the triple goals of environmental health, economic profitability, and social & economic equity.
11 - Death & Dying / Grief & Loss: Recognizing the challenges and transitions of loss (of beloved persons or animals) with a sense of acceptance, recovery, healing, and wisdom; may include personal stories that help another person in a similar situation.
12 - Health, Healing, Wellness & Vitality: Empowering, learning and exploring programs that restore and sustain a high level of individual, family and group wellness and vitality. Books can focus attention on healing specific groups such as men, women, and children, as well as cultural influences on health beliefs and practices.
13 - Heroic Journeys: True stories of courage and collaboration, leadership and sportsmanship; includes situations where persons overcome obstacles or "impossible odds" and create inspirational outcomes.
14 - Inner Prosperity & Right Livelihood: Providing tools, insights, and inspiration that activate the unfolding of one's authentic journey -- in personal, professional, and spiritual realms.
15 - Journalism & Investigative Reporting: Intelligent, thoughtful reporting on current or newsworthy events that raise awareness about issues affecting the health, safety, or transformative possibilities for individuals, communities, institutions, and cultures.
16 A - Memoir & Personal Journey: (Self-published, or Small Press: 10 or fewer titles annual) Writing based on personal history and reflection, which reveals important personal lessons and growth in life and relationships, and contributes to greater social and community growth.
16 B - Memoir & Personal Journey: (Large Publisher, or Large Hybrid Publisher: more than 10 titles annual) Writing based on personal history and reflection, which reveals important personal lessons and growth in life and relationships, and contributes to greater social and community growth.
17 - Multicultural & Indigenous: Deepening our understanding of unfamiliar or diverse cultures, communities and peoples; includes books with inter-cultural examples, experiences, and practices that heal and strengthen connections within the human family.
18 - Parenting & Family: Supporting the nurturing, teaching, and guidance of children through all stages of life; with focus on the family unit and its possibilities, diversity of expressions, responsibilities, and dynamics through all life-chapters.
19 A - Personal Growth & Self-Help (Self-published, Small Press, or Hybrid-Small Press: 10 or fewer titles annual): Books that offer wisdom, insight, and fresh perspectives for the reader to navigate life's journey and challenges with care, creativity, and social and spiritual fulfillment.
19 B - Personal Growth & Self-Help (Large Publisher, or Hybrid-Large Publisher: more than 10 titles annual): Books that offer wisdom, insight, and fresh perspectives for the reader to navigate life's journey and challenges with care, creativity, and social and spiritual fulfillment.
20 - Psychology /Mental & Emotional Well-Being: Applied understanding of human evolution and phases of development. Exploration of the roots of and treatments for families, couples, and individuals experiencing disordered thoughts and behaviors, possibly the result of trauma, challenging life circumstances, and/or diagnoses. This includes innovative and complementary approaches that promote greater personal awareness, individual well-being, compassion, empathy, and improved interactions within a family, group, or community.
21 - Photography & Arts: Celebrating beauty in its myriad forms as a visual expression of high-level awareness, values, intuitive knowing, and wholeness; includes 'coffee table books' on subjects related to creating a better world.
22 A - Poetry: Evoking compassion, wisdom, greater understanding, empathy, joy, and passion through the artful and poetic use of language.
22 B - Lyric Prose or Hybrid Works: Includes lyric prose, poetry-prose hybrid, and other genre blending works expressed through poetic language.
23 - Relationships & Communication: How we develop, strengthen and sustain meaningful interactions and relationships in the varied facets of life, including friendships, marriage, creative partners, workplace colleagues, siblings & greater family, neighbors, and community; includes emerging fields of mutuality and interpersonal energetic communications.
24 A - Religion / Spirituality of Eastern Thought: Perspectives, insights, and practices grounded in the core of Eastern Traditions.
24 B - Religion / Spirituality of Western Thought: Perspectives, insights, and practices grounded in the core of Western Traditions.
24 C - Religion / Spirituality of Other Traditions: Perspectives, insights, and practices grounded in other traditions, including approaches that speak to the common spirituality of all beings and their connection to the Divine.
25 - Science and Cosmology: Growing-edge science and emerging domains of human experience and wisdom that point toward greater realms of wholeness; may include frontiers of new discovery, integral-brain functioning, inter-being communication, and esoteric dimensions -- fields that contribute to the unfolding story of who we are, how we think and learn, and our place in the universe.
26 - Social Sciences & Education: Growing-edge innovations and discoveries in the social sciences that support the life-long process of learning. Includes positive programs that help education and all learning avenues, to promote understanding and interpersonal skills, as integral parts of creating a better world.
27 - Social Change & Social Justice: Innovative, forward-looking practices and programs for improving societal structures, communications, and relationships through greater awareness and actions; can include peace-building, diversity & dialogue, equality & justice, balancing community & uniqueness, and sacred activism - being in the world and for the world.
28 - USA and other World-Cultures Spiritual Growth & Development: Beyond differing views of cultural, political, racial, religious, gender, and economic issues, a seed of wholeness is emerging as integral microcosms of humanity; can include various perspectives on our possible futures, as we cross a major threshold in embodying the soul of Humanity. These books consider how our intentions and actions - individually and collectively - can help navigate challenges and help birth a better world.
29 - Women & Men in the 21st Century: Focusing on the varied and multi-dimensional roles of women and men in all areas of life - in family, community, business, all chapters of life's journey, and diverse cultures around the world. These books may explore the Sacred Feminine and/or Sacred Masculine dimensions, expressing aspects of the Divine through all persons, as Humanity itself evolves within the greater Life.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN - TEENS - YOUNG ADULTS
Literature can be an important factor in shaping children's worldviews as well as their daily experience. We believe it is essential that books for young people be crafted with their best interests in mind, and in a real way embody the Nautilus Award core values: high-level wellness, spiritual growth, conscious living & green values, and positive social change. Books that express these values inspire and connect our lives in greater wholes - as individual persons, communities, and global citizens. These ideals can be addressed in many ways, including in picture books, fiction and nonfiction, art, and poetry. Outstanding writing for children is encouraged, welcomed, and will be honored in the following categories:
30 A - Children's Picture Books / Fiction Ages 2- 6 Years (Preschool- Grade 2): Imaginative picture books that give young children a visual introduction to values such as family, friendship, adventure, fantasy, legends, healthy foods and well-being. (We consider the dotted line between Fiction & Non-Fiction for Picture Books to reflect the boundary of right-brain and left-brain; they do work together, and need distinct developmental stimulation.)
30 B - Children's Picture Books / Non-Fiction Ages 2- 6 Years (Preschool- Grade 2): Factual picture books that give young children a visual introduction to areas such as colors, numbers, alphabet, beauty, animal species, parts of nature, life cycles, beginning science. (We consider the dotted line between Fiction & Non-Fiction for Picture Books to reflect the boundary of right-brain and left-brain; they do work together, and need distinct developmental stimulation.)
31 A - Children's Illustrated / Fiction Ages 6- 9 Years (Grades 1- 4): This category has a greater text-picture ratio than children's picture books; includes chapter books, folk and fairy tales, imaginative stories, and many types of adventures, texture and beauty, deepening treatment of friendships with human and/or animal characters. Stories of adventures with multicultural living are especially encouraged.
31 B - Children's Illustrated / Non-Fiction Ages 6- 9 Years (Grades 1- 4): This category has a greater text-picture ratio than children's picture books; includes non-fiction topics such as introduction to parts of nature, seasons and calendar, habits of animals, intro to science & technology, history of science, travel to other cities, countries, and cultures, "how things work", and intro to the arts and music. These books can be illustrated with drawings or photos.
Mid-Grades & Young Adult
Fiction (categories 32 and 34)
Fictional stories that offer new insights or perspectives for Mid-Grade and Young Adult readers -- to encourage imagination about the future and relationships. Stories of healing and inspirational journey will uplift the young heart and spirit with possibilities of a Better World.
Non-Fiction (categories 33 and 35)
Includes a wide range of topics and genres that reflect the entire span of the Nautilus Categories. These books introduce the Mid-Grade and Young Adult readers to topics that widen their horizons while introducing areas of wisdom, collaboration, problem-solving, and awareness as global citizens that will serve them well in years ahead.
32 - Middle Grade Fiction, Ages 8- 12 (Grades 4- 7)
33 - Middle Grade Non-Fiction, Ages 8- 12 (Grades 4- 7)
34 - Young Adult (YA) Fiction, Ages 13- 19+ (Grades 8- 12)
35 - Young Adult (YA) Non-Fiction, Ages 13- 19+ (Grades 8- 12)
The new 2019 Nautilus Season will be open for Postmarked Entries from Sept. 21, 2019 through Feb. 7, 2020. Award Winning Books from the 2019 Season will be announced in May 2020!
Entry packages postmarked from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31, 2019 benefit from Early Bird Entry Fees.
Entries postmarked Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019 will have Regular Entry Fees.
And entries postmarked Jan. 1 through Feb. 7, 2020 will need to pay Final Entry Fees.
See our Entry Guidelines page for more detail -- and thank you for your interest in the Nautilus program!