BEA New Titles Showcase

We are pleased to feature Nautilus award winners from thirty (30) authors who chose for their book to be on display at the New Titles Showcase at Book Expo America in New York City (BEA, May 29- 31, 2019). The Expo was a great success and we're grateful to these authors for participating.


We are proud to celebrate the full list (pdf) of the past season's Nautilus Award Winners (click brown button to right), or HERE. A complete listing featuring winners and their bookcover images has been posted. Look at Nautilus Winners on our navigation bar for a drop-down menu of our recent Gold and Silver winners. 

Between September 2020 and February 2021, we received hundreds of entries during the recent Nautilus season.  For two decades, our purpose has been to recognize and celebrate books that support spiritual growth, high-level wellness, green values & sustainability, and positive social change & social justice.

Our New Season

The new Nautilus Season will launch on Saturday, September 21, 2020.  Entries will be accepted at the Early Bird Fees ($170 for standard entry; $140 for title in a Children's, Middle-Grades, or YA category, or for the same General Adult book in a second category). Early Entry Fees are effective from Sept. 21 until October 31, 2020.  See the Entry Guidelines page for details.

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 and emeritus consultant to the program, trained many members of the Readers and Judges Group to review the submitted books in the well-developed and thorough Nautilus Awards process during the first fifteen years of the program.

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 deeply grateful for your support over the years – and we look forward with joy to the arrival of new entries in the 2019 Nautilus Season.

YOU may have a Nautilus Winner! 


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Note:  Information for the 2019 Award Winners will be posted here in April 2020.



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.

For two decades, Nautilus Book Awards has recognized 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 substantive message and literary 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 significant Book Award programs that welcomes entries from the full range of the print-publishing spectrum: Author Self-Published, Small Press (2 to 10 books annual & from multiple authors), Small Press-Hybrid, and from Large Publishers. All the books selected as Winners are potent seeds for the growth, coherence, and healing of our culture and world.

The Nautilus Mission is to recognize and celebrate a wide subject-range of Better Books for a Better World.

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Entry Guidelines

For the upcoming 2019 Season: Entry packages postmarked from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31, 2019 will benefit from Early Bird Entry Fees.

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

Entries postmarked from Jan. 1 through Feb. 7, 2020 will need to pay Final Entry Fees.

See our Entry Guidelines page for details.