General Information

The 20th Nautilus Season was open for Entries from September 21, 2017 through February 10, 2018. The program is now closed for Entries.  Award winning books from the 2017 Season will be announced in last week of April 2018!

As preview for next season: When your Entry package is postmarked from September 21– through October 31, the Early Entry Fees apply. Postmarks from November 1- through December 31 are eligible for the Regular Entry Fees.  And package postmarks from January 1- through Feb 10 (exact date varies each year) require the Final Entry Fees  (see below).

The general criteria for eligible Nautilus Entries for the upcoming season, Sept 2018- Feb 2019, will be:

  • Print book, in English, with ISBN number
  • Publication date during 2017 or 2018
  • High-quality writing
  • Published version, no "Advance Reader copy"
  • Articulate & excellent message for the Category selected

The Nautilus Mission continues into our third decade – To recognize, promote, and celebrate books that support conscious living & sustainability, high-level wellness, spiritual growth, and positive social change.

Opening and Closing Dates (will be revised for next season, starting September 21, 2018!)

Opening Date: September 21, 2017
* All dates below are by postmark date of postal service (U.S. Mail or International mail), or by private delivery (eg, FedEx, UPS).

Sept 21-- Oct 31, 2017 (Tues.) Early Discount Entry Fee

Nov 1 – Dec 30, 2017 (Sat.) Regular Entry Fee ($10 increase per Category in which book is entered)

Jan. 1 – Feb 10, 2018 (Sat.) Final Entry Fee ( $10 increase per Category in which book is entered)

Regular Entry Fees (USD) are now in effect Nov. 1-Dec. 30: $175 for 1st category that a Title is entered in, plus $135 for a 2nd (or 3rd) category of same title, OR for all Children's books.

See below for three payment options.

We will accept Entries for 2018 Season, beginning Sept. 21, 2018

The 2018 Nautilus Book Awards will launch in September, and will accept entries in 38 subject categories, with 8 of those categories for Children, Teens and Young Adults.

We accept Entries from traditional larger publishers, small presses, and self-publishers -- the full spectrum of the Print Publishing world.

Each year the Nautilus Book Awards has two honorary categories to acknowledge and recognize:

  • Best in Small Press
  • Best Self-Published book

Our judges consider a Small Press title to be any book that qualifies for entry in the Nautilus Awards and is from a publisher who produces 2 to 10 books annually, and those books are from multiple authors. All qualified, paid submissions from a Small Press or Self-Publisher become candidates for these awards. It cannot be entered otherwise.

Instructions for Entry Form

An Entry Form must be filled out for each copy of each book and inserted (not taped) inside the front cover. You will need to make multiple copies of the Entry Form so you can put a copy in each physical book. The Entry Form can be folded to fit inside a smaller book.

See the 2017 Entry Form below for detailed instructions. This 2017 Form is provided as reference; the new "2018 Entry Form" will be published on this webpage during August 2018.

Your registration is not complete until your payment is received, and the Books (with Entry Forms) are postmarked by the due-date for that Entry Fee period.

Registration (Entry Form, Payment Options):

Entry Form Link – Once the Entry pdf is downloaded, print and fill out a separate form for each Category. Please include a copy of the completed form for each physical book mailed


  1. CHECK: Enclose your Check with the books-package and Entry forms. A single check (payable to "Nautilus Book Awards") may be written to cover all categories entered.
  2. PAYPAL: online via PayPal system (by credit card or PayPal account).
  3. PAYMENTECH direct (Chase Bank): contact Mary Belknap to arrange this option at You will provide credit card information by phone.

Note: If you select option 2 or 3 - you will need to ship your Books and Entry Forms separately from the payment.

PayPal links (below) are now inactive, because the 2017 Season has completed.  Be sure to type the Author Name & Book Title inside the box, before you click the "Add to Cart" button.

  • You need to pay the PayPal First Category Fee for a first entry (below left) before a book is eligible for the lower fee of the PayPal Additional Categories (below right).
  • For the same title in a second or third category and for Childrens/Young Adult categories - use the PayPal Additional Categories button (below right).
  • Nautilus accepts PayPal payments only online (via your PayPal account or Credit Card –Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).

PAYPAL LINKS will appear HERE, starting on September 21, 2018.

The Entry Fees for Early Discount Rate will apply from September 21- October 31, 2018.

How many copies:

We need four (4) copies of each Book Title for the initial category that you enter. If you enter the SAME title in additional categories, please send three (3) additional books for each additional category entered. Example: If you enter a title in Parenting – plus you want to enter the same title in Psychology – you will need to send 4 + 3 books, for a total of seven (7) books for the two categories. For a Title entered in three categories, you will send 4 + 3 + 3 = total of ten (10) books.

The reason we need this number of copies is that our Reviewers live in different cities and, in some instances, in different States of U.S.A., so our Office mails the copies to the Reviewers. One copy is maintained at the Nautilus Office, as reference copy for any questions that arise.

How to Send:

Please ship Books with Entry forms enclosed, using a nation-wide shipping service such as U.S. Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, so you can insure and/or track your package.

Note: We welcome International mail for Book entries from other nations. Use your national Mail Service, and send the Book package to the PO Box address (see below).

FOR USA SENDERS – The best shipping option (especially for large or heavy books) is to use the U.S. Postal Service FLAT RATE BOXES / PRIORITY MAIL

TRACKING: Please arrange to be able to track your package so you will know when it arrives. Both U.S. Media Mail, and Priority Mail provide tracking information.  You also have the option to purchase a ''Confirmation of Delivery" receipt, or enclose a SASP (postcard) in the package for confirmation of arrival.

We generally do not recommend 4TH CLASS BOOK RATE mail, as it can take a week or more to arrive and cannot be insured.

ADDRESS FOR SHIPPING Via US Mail For all packages via US Mail /U.S. Postal Service – and Priority Mail and for packages via International Mail services.

Nautilus Book Awards
Mary Belknap, Director
P.O. BOX 2285 VASHON, WA 98070 USA

ADDRESS FOR SHIPPING Via FedEx, UPS or other courier services ONLY:
Nautilus Book Awards
Mary Belknap, Director
9427 SW 156th St, Vashon WA 98070
(phone reference for courier: 206. 304-2250)

Thank You!