General Information

As of February 11, 2022, our 2022 Season  closed to new entries. The 2022 Award Winners were announced to our full Mail List in May 2022.

The full list (PDF) of the recent year's 2022 Award Winners is posted on our Welcome page. Thanks to all of you who participated in the 2022 Nautilus Season!

The next Nautilus Season will launch this autumn on Wed, September 21, 2022!  

You may have a Nautilus Award Winner!  We will accept new entries postmarked during our full Season from September 21, 2022 through February 10, 2023 (date that you ship the Books package).  Preview: The new 2023 Award Winners will be notified by individual email in mid-April 2023.

Special Note to our International colleagues: Book packages originating outside the USA need to have shipping date by or before January 20, 2023 in order to qualify for the upcoming Season.

General criteria for eligible Nautilus Entries are given below:

  • Print book, in English, with ISBN number
  • Publication date &/or Copyright during either 2022 or 2021 shown on or near Title page of book
  • High-quality writing
  • Published version, no "Advance Reader Copy"; our staff will contact the Author (or Publisher) to replace the entry books if Advance Copies are received.
  • Articulate and excellent message for the Category selected
  • Expresses one or more of the four Nautilus values, described below under Nautilus Mission
  • Book is not a prior entry to the Nautilus program (if you are not sure whether a Book has been an entry, please contact our staff).

Season timing - There are three phases for the Nautilus Entry Fees:

  •  When your Entry package is postmarked (Books shipping date) between September 21– through October 31, the Early Bird Entry Fees apply.
  •  Postmarks from November 1- through December 31 are eligible for the Regular Entry Fees.
  •  Packages postmarked from January 1 - through February 10, 2023 will require Final Entry Fees. (see below for specific Fees)
  •  NOTE: New requirement for International Entries- Books must be shipped from your location no later than Friday, January 20, 2023, in order to be accepted as Entries in the upcoming Season. Feel free to contact the Nautilus office by email to discuss this requirement:

The Nautilus Mission continues  – Better Books for a Better World! 

To recognize, promote, and celebrate books that support any of our Four Pillars:

conscious living & sustainability, high-level health & wellness, spiritual growth, and positive social change & social justice.

These four aspects of the Nautilus Mission are an integral part of the assessment that each Reviewer Team uses in recommending the Finalists in their category, and that the Judges Panel then references to select extraordinary books as Award Winners in each category.  A book does not need to express all four qualities of the Mission in order to be selected as an Award Winner.  However, books that are infused with two or more of the qualities will generally earn a higher rating.  Our Reviewers are dedicated to their task -- to  recognize excellent books that radiate pulses of wisdom, love, hope, collaborative spirit, and creativity - and to celebrate the authors who share these energies with their readers!

To see an overview of books from past years that have been recognized with a Nautilus Award, go to the Nautilus Winners webpages. The Bookcovers of all Winners from our most recent season, as well as a PDF list of all awards are shown on our 2020 Gold Winners page, and the 2020 Silver Winners page!

Opening and Closing Dates -- for 2021 season

* All dates below are by postmark date of postal service
U.S. Mail or International mail -- (shipping date when the Books package leaves your hands)

or by private delivery service (eg, FedEx, UPS).

Recap of recent Season- Opening Date: September 21, 2021
> Sept 21-- Oct 30, 2021 (Sat.) postmark -- Early Bird Entry Fees applied. 

Early Bird Fees are: $180 USD for one Category (General Reader categories 01-29) in which your Title is entered;

+optional $150 for the same Title in an additional category, if the Author or Publisher sees a 2nd category as applicable. 

Note: Books for Children /Mid-Grades /Young Adults (categories 30- 35) have $150 Early Bird Fee.


Second phase of the Season:  All Entry Fees increase by $10 per category for the second phase of Season. Phase two closes at Dec 31. now closed. 

November 1 – through Dec 31, 2021 (Friday) postmark on package -- Regular Entry Fees apply. 

Regular Entry Fees: $190 USD for one Category (General Reader categories 01- 29)

+optional $160 for the same Title in an additional category, if the Author or Publisher sees a 2nd category as applicable. 

Books for Children /Mid-Grades /Young Adults (categories 30- 35) have $160 Regular Entry Fee during November and December.


Third phase of our Season begins at the New Year.  
In these final weeks of the Nautilus Season that ended several months ago, January 1 – February 11, 2022 for your postmark date when the package leaves your hands -- Final Entry Fees apply.
Final Entry Fees:  $200 USD for one Category (General Reader categories 01- 29)
+optional $170 for the same Title in an additional category, if the Author or Publisher sees a 2nd category as applicable. 

Books for Children /Mid-Grade Tweens /Young Adults (categories 30- 35) have $170 Final Entry Fee during January through February 11.

See below for three payment-method options. 

During each Season, we accept Entries in 35+ genre Categories.

We accept entries in 35 subject categories (a few with A and B segments, see Categories webpage), and 8 of those categories are for Children, Mid-Grade Teens and Young Adults.

The new Dates for the 2021 Nautilus Season are posted on this page in the left column. We are accepting entries that were published in either 2021 or 2020.

We accept Entries from Self-publishers, Small Presses (2- 10 Titles annual, and from multiple authors), Hybrid-publishers, and traditional Larger publishers -- the full spectrum of the Print Publishing world in the English language.  Nautilus does not accept e-books as program entries.

Each year the Nautilus Book Awards presents three honorary awards that we acknowledge and recognize:

  • Best in Small Press
  • Best Self-Published book
  • Best in Children's Literature

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, Self-Publisher, or Children's book become candidates for the "Best of..." awards. A book cannot be entered for these Special Honors otherwise.

Instructions for Entry Form

An Entry Form must be submitted for each Title, and inserted (not taped) inside the front cover. [This procedure will be modified for the new Season that starts Sept. 2022 - check back to this webpage for updates in August!)

  •  fill-out the Entry Form (separate Form for each Category you are entering in)
  •  make multiple photo-copies of the completed Entry Form: 4 copies for 1st category; plus 3 copies for a 2nd category, if needed.
  •  insert an Entry Form copy inside each physical book.  You are welcome to fold the Entry Form to fit well inside a book. Note: During 2021 and 2022, our staff will accept emailed PDF- format of the completed Entry Form.

Entry Form Deactivated - Season Closed
Entry forms will be relinked when the new season starts.

  • INSTRUCTION page - for both of the Entry formats below. Please read the Instruction page carefully; it is intended to answer several FAQs.
  • WRITE-IN FORM to fill out by hand [choose this link if you prefer to complete the Entry Form with pen]
  • ONLINE FORM TO TYPE type info online and then print hardcopy to submit the Entry with your book (works best in Chrome browser) 

Entry Registration

Your Entry registration will be complete when ALL THREE components reach the Nautilus Office in WA State: 
      a)  Entry Form completed, with a photocopy inserted inside the front cover of each Book (or Entry Form emailed to Nautilus, attn: Director); 

      b)  Payment done- see below for three Payment-method options; and 

.     c)  Package of Books, postmarked before/by the due-date for that Entry Fee period. See above on this page for the dates for the current Season, plus special Note for International entries. 

Payment method - Three options

  1. CHECK or Money Order in USD:  Enclose your Check with the books-package and Entry forms. A single check or Money Order USD (payable to "Nautilus Book Awards") may be written to cover all Titles and categories you are sending as entries.
  2. PAYPAL Portal: Use your credit card at the Nautilus-PPal portal. PayPal accepts VISA, MC, Discover, or Amer Express.  You can link to the Nautilus-PPal account on this page [see below].  You do NOT need to have a PayPal account to use the Nautilus PPal-portal.  
  3. PAYMENTECH direct:  You can provide credit card information by phone (note: Chase Bank system accepts VISA, MC, or Discover; but does NOT accept AmerExpress). contact Mary Belknap to arrange this option:

     Note: If you select option 2 or 3 - you will ship your Books separately from the Payment.  Also: If you need to send the Entry Forms separately from the Books, due to working remotely this year, please contact our staff to discuss:  

Fee payment via PayPal:
Entry Links below are deactivated until the upcoming 2022-23 Season begins.

First Category  $200 

(in categories 01- 29)
Type in the two text boxes
before clicking "Add to Cart"

Same Title in a Second Category  $170 

(in categories 01- 29)
Type in the two text boxes
before clicking "Add to Cart"

Child | MidGrade | YA  $170 

(in categories 30- 35)
Type in the two text fields
before clicking "Add to Cart"

How many Books to Send:

We need four (4) copies of each Book Title for the initial category that you enter.

If you enter the SAME title in an additional category, send three (3) more books for the additional category you enter. Example: If you enter a title in Parenting – plus, you decide 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.  

Why do we need this number of copies? Because our Reviewers live in different cities and, in some instances, in different States of U.S.A. Our Office mails one Book to each Reviewer in the selected Category. Plus, one copy of each Title is maintained at the Nautilus Office, as reference copy for any questions that arise during the eight months of our Season.

How to Send Books:

  • Insert a photocopy of the completed Entry Form inside front-cover of each book you send.
  • Use a nation-wide shipping service such as U.S. Postal, 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 BOX /PRIORITY MAIL -3 day service. 

TRACKING: Please arrange to be able to track your package so you will know when it arrives.  Both U.S. Media Mail (Book rate), 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.

Because the Nautilus Office receives more than 500 packages during the active season, our staff do not send written confirmation of delivery. Your tracking information purchased with the postage, or enclosing a SASP, are the best methods to use.

We have found that sending books by 4TH CLASS BOOK RATE mail can work fine.  It can sometimes take a week or more to arrive and cannot be insured.  For packages coming from Western States of USA, the Book Rate works quite well.  Special Note:  As of November 2020, the packages sent by Book Rate from the East Coast or Midwest of USA are taking about 14- 18 days to arrive in WA State.  Please plan accordingly.


Packages via U.S. Postal Service – and International Mail services:

Nautilus Book Awards

[New Mailing Address for all Nautilus entries will be provided by August 2022 ]


ADDRESS FOR DELIVERY Via FedEx, UPS, or other courier services:  

Nautilus Book Awards
[ New Address coming in August 2022 ]


Thank You!