Exciting News  •  May 1, 2017

As an introduction to our 2016 Award Winners, here are
the Titles, Authors, and Publishers of the three special awards!

Best of small press

Healing Art: Don't Let Anything Ruin Your Day
by Robert Flatt
Publisher: Bright Sky Press
category: Photography/Art

Best of Self-Published

Curriculum of the Soul
by Rick Haltermann
Publisher: Self
category: Personal Growth

Grand Prize Winner

Negotiating the Nonnegotiable
by Daniel Shapiro
Publisher: Viking /Penguin RandomHouse
category: Business & Leadership
(Grand Prize Winner receives cash prize of $2,500)


We are proud to announce the full list (pdf) of the season's Nautilus Award Winners HERE

You will notice that the list of Winners includes a couple of additions and changes to the Nautilus categories. In 2016, we added two new Categories to the program:

  • USA Spiritual Growth and Development
  • Social Sciences and Education

Both of these categories received excellent entries!

During the 2016 Review process, we realized that the two categories of Fiction and Memoir had grown in number of entries and quality of entries. The Nautilus Advisory Group decided that we would distinguish two categories within each of these genres, as follows:

  • FICTION, Self-Published & Small Press
  • FICTION, Large Publisher
  • MEMOIR, Self-Published & Small Press
  • MEMOIR, Large Publisher

You will see on the list of Award Winners that each of these four new Categories has a Gold Winner and several Silver Winners. We are very proud of the breadth and depth of these Award Winners!

Looking Ahead to Next Season

On September 21, 2017, we launched the 20th Anniversary Season of Nautilus. Our purpose continues to be on books that support spiritual growth, high-level wellness, conscious living & green values, and positive social change.

In our upcoming 2017 Season, we hope that your book will be part of the celebration of Better Books for a Better World!


Please use the following e-address for all Nautilus-related correspondence. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mary Belknap, Director


Mary Belknap, PhD, serves as Nautilus Director and coordinator of the Readers and Judges Group. Mary is an educational psychologist, published author,
health educator, and devoted book lover!

Marilyn McGuire, our founder, continues as a consultant to the Nautilus program, and has trained many members of the Readers and Judges Group to review the submitted books in the well-developed and thorough Nautilus Awards process.

We are grateful to all the reviewers, judges, staff, advisors, volunteers, and other professionals who are involved with the program.

To our Authors and Publishers – We are grateful for your support over the years – and we look forward with joy to the arrival of new entries in the 20th Nautilus Season.

YOU may have a Nautilus Winner!


2016 Award Winners



Please check out information HERE.



Several of our new Award-Winning Authors have asked about brief messages describing Nautilus for social media. Here are a couple of suggestions that may be helpful for this purpose! You are welcome to use any part of these messages.

Now completing its 19th year, Nautilus Book Awards recognizes books that transcend barriers of culture, gender, race, and class, and promote conscious living & green values, spiritual growth, wellness & vitality, and positive social change. Last year, Nautilus received entries from 36 States of USA, and from 12 other nations. Dedicated to excellence and high standards of both message and presentation, the Nautilus program celebrates books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities and global citizens.

Nautilus Book Awards is held in particular high-regard for recognizing and promoting outstanding print books in several dozen genres that nurture positive change to co-create a Better World.

Nautilus is one of the few major Book Award programs that welcomes entries from the full range of the publishing spectrum: Author Self-Published, from Small Press (2 to 10 books annual & from multiple authors), and from Large Publishers. All the books selected as Winners are potent seeds for the growth, coherence, and healing of our world.

The Nautilus Mission is to make more visible a wide subject-range of Better Books for a Better World.

Thank you for supporting and sharing on social media about Nautilus!

Stay in Touch

Please direct inquiries to Mary Belknap, Director


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.