Our 2020 Nautilus Season!

As the Nautilus Book Awards launches its newest season, the program offers to authors and publishers an opportunity for success for their books as they are reviewed, evaluated and acknowledged in a different way than they were when they were newly released into the marketplace.

The Nautilus Awards has a unique three-tier system of judging books that offers a deliberate course of examination and scrutiny designed to sort and distinguish books, as they are assessed against a carefully prepared list of notable characteristics. This process is detailed and labor-intensive. It is carried out by three teams of highly qualified, experienced reviewers whose successful careers as editors, writers, librarians, schoolteachers, engaged parents, psychologists, health professionals, poets, and bookstore owners are matched with a passion for books that offer new ideas and options for a better world for everyone. We honor these special people for their dedication and commitment to the Nautilus Awards program.

Each book is evaluated by at least two reviewers at each level. Silver Winners are nominated from each category by the readers of Team #2, and these titles are then passed along to the third team where the Silver, Gold, and Grand Winners are chosen.  It is for this reason that we ask you to send us four copies of your books. Our current reviewers live in five different states in USA.  During the season, our office mails batches of Books in each category to their respective reviewers, about every two weeks. We need one copy to have for reference in the office - thus, when you enter the same book in multiple categories, we only need three additional books in each of those categories.

This is a multifaceted process that is carefully monitored. Each reviewer uses our meticulously prepared Evaluation Form for assessing each book, assigning individual scores to a long list of parameters that will produce the rating for each book, as well as qualitative comments. Two reviewers must agree on each Silver nominee. Consensus is also required at the Judges Team (third level) for selecting the Silver, Gold, and Grand Award Winners.

In most instances, this process creates several Silver and one Gold winner in every category.  However, because our judges work from a rating system that requires a certain score to achieve the status of a Nautilus Silver or Gold winner, in some years we do not have a Gold Winner in a category, or at times only one or two Silver Winners.  This same system of rating also allows the judges team, at their discretion in special cases, to award two books with equally superior ratings for a Gold Award. Therefore, occasionally we will have two Gold winners in the same category.  For books with unusually exceptional high ratings, a Grand Winner may be selected from the areas of:  Adult – Children/Mid-Grade/Young Adult – plus "Best of..." awards for Self Published, and Small Press. In addition to the Nautilus Seal for Grand Prize-Winning book, the Grand Winner is awarded a cash prize.

Each of our reviewers and judges has been through our in-depth training program that addresses all phases of reviewing and evaluating Nautilus books. Each reviewer has been carefully interviewed, is required to attend our annual Reader's Workshop, and is paid a stipend for their participation in the assessment process.

We have developed our judging process over the past twenty years, and continue to expand and improve our parameters and our system of evaluation. It is our purpose and intent to seek, review, identify, and celebrate books that we feel best support the co-creation of a Better World.  Our goal is to offer life-affirming options with imagination and possibility to a world that longs for a new story.

Gold and Silver Awards, and one Grand Winner Award are given to print books of exceptional merit that make a literary and heartfelt contribution 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 inspiration.
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rev: Sept. 2019