Welcome to Nautilus Book Awards

The 2019 Season of Nautilus Book Awards has now been open for Entries since Saturday, Sept. 21 - a full 3 & half months of welcoming Amazing new books!

During this Season, we welcome entry packages with postmark date between Sept 21, 2019 through Feb. 7, 2020.

  • Books that were published in either 2019 or 2018 are eligible to be entered in this program cycle.

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 this season!

The specific steps for sending an entry to Nautilus are described on the Guidelines for Entering page.

We generally send monthly updates to all persons on our (free) mail list, with information about the review process and selection of Award Winners.

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 have become Nautilus Winners: The 2018 Award Winners and 2017 Award Winners are now 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 each of the webpages of Winners, there is a link to the full 2018 Winners List (pdf), our most recent season.  You can peruse all the 2018 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 a healing future.

With warm wishes for the future 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.

Complete list featuring Award Winners' bookcovers and title/author/publisher information.
2018 Gold Winners  |  2018 Silver Winners

2018 Winner's PDF



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Nautilus Mission

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.


Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Caroline Myss
Barbara Kingsolver
Daniel James Brown
Louise Erdrich
Frances Moore Lappe’
Anna Lappe’
Jeremy Rifkin
Hedrick Smith
Eben Alexander, M.D.
Elizabeth Lesser
Marianne Williamson
Peter Canova

Lenedra Carroll
Gail Straub
Thich Nhat Hanh
Jean Houston, Ph.D.
Eckhart Tolle
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Hazel Henderson
Rhonda Byrne
Robbie Holtz
Riane Eisler
Matthew Fox
Angeles Arrien
Gregg Braden
Christiane Northrup
Joel Osteen
Paul Rogat Loeb, PhD
Mark Reinfeld
Bo Rinaldi

Michael B. Beckwith
Thom Hartmann
Amy Goodman
Masaru Emoto
Joel Fotinos
Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
Bob Abernethy
Dave Pelzer
Liz Mitten Ryan
Andrew Harvey
Andrew Weil, M.D.
John Francis, Ph.D.
Katherine Neville
Desmond Tutu
David Korten
Julia Cameron
Carol Scribner

Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D.
T.A. Barron
Lynne McTaggart
Marci Shimoff
Lynne Twist
Gary Zukav
David Simon, M.D.
Mariel Hemingway
Judy Collins
Daniel Pinchbeck
Gary E Schwartz, PhD
Holly Clegg
Ariel & Shya Kane
David Pelzer
Naomi Wolf
David Batstone
Susun Weed
and more . . . (see Gratitude webpage)

Entry Guidelines (Summary)

The current Nautilus Season is open for Entries Postmarked from Sept. 21, 2019 through Feb. 7, 2020.

Award Winning Books from the 2019 Season will be announced in April 2020!

Your entry is complete when three components are received by the Nautilus office: 1) The necessary number of Books, 2) the completed 2019 Entry Form (a copy inserted in each Book), and 3) the Entry Payment.

Entry packages postmarked from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31, 2019 benefited from Early Bird Entry Fees.

Entries postmarked Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019 needed Regular Entry Fees.

At this time: Entries postmarked January 1 through February 7, 2020 need to pay Final Entry Fees.

See our webpage Entry Guidelines for more detail.