General Information

The 20th Nautilus Season will be open for Entries from September 21, 2017 through February 10, 2018. Award winning books from the 2017 Season will be announced in May 2018!

When your Entry package is postmarked from September 21– through October 31, 2017, the Early Entry Fees apply (see below).

The general criteria for eligible Nautilus Entries this season are:

  • Print book, in English, with ISBN number
  • Publication date during 2016 or 2017
  • High-quality writing
  • Published version, no "Advance Reader copy"
  • Articulate & excellent message for the Category selected

The Nautilus Mission continues in our 20th year – To recognize, promote, and celebrate books that support conscious living & sustainablility, high-level wellness, spiritual growth, and positive social change.

Opening and Closing Dates:

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. (This fee is reduced from our Fee schedule of past couple years, to celebrate Nautilus' 20th Anniversary Season)

See below for three payment options.

Now Accepting Entries

The 2017-18 Nautilus Book Awards is now accepting 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.

Each year the Nautilus Book Awards has an honorary category 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 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.

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

THREE OPTIONS FOR PAYMENT:

  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 mbelknap@nautilusbookawards.com 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 live! 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 FIRST CATEGORY Regular Entry Fee
Nov. 1- Dec. 30, 2017
Fee for first category
$175 per title

Author, Book Title
PayPal ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES Regular Entry Fee
Nov. 1- Dec. 30, 2017
Fee for additional categories and Childrens/Young Adult entries
$135 per title

Author, Book Title

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. You have the option to purchase a ''Confirmation of Delivery" receipt, or enclose a SASP (postcard) in the package for confirmation of arrival.

DO NOT SEND 4TH CLASS BOOK RATE mail, as it can take a week or more to arrive and cannot be insured or tracked. exception: If you live in the Seattle/Puget Sound area, Book Rate works fine.

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!