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Nautilus Book Awards Categories

                                                    2016 GENERAL CATEGORIES

01 - Aging Consciously   Dealing with all concerns unique to aging and
retirement; finding ways to enjoy and appreciate the wisdom years with gratitude, enthusiasm, high-level wellness and good health.     
02 - Animals & Nature  Promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the natural world and its myriad inhabitants; includes special stories of our animal friends who live on land, in the air, and in the seas.
03 - Body ~ Mind ~ Spirit Practices   Physical, mind-body, and energy-based approaches designed to enhance and nurture our whole being; to maintain balance and amplify the effect of other practices; includes but not limited to yoga, tai chi, Pilates, meditation, therapeutic touch, and breath work. 

04 - Business & Leadership  Innovative, whole-system practices that address the wise management and stewardship of public, private and/or nonprofit companies; with focus on personal as well as institutional solutions. 

05 - Creative Process   Instruction, description or demonstration in the creative arts; includes but not limited to writing, poetry, visual media, and other artistic forms, and  includes art for and about children.
06 - Ecology & Environment  Areas that specifically address challenges, opportunities, and new approaches for preserving the optimal health of our home planet - air, water, land, and ecosystems – locally and globally.
07 - Fiction   Imaginative storytelling that reflects the power and resilience of the human spirit, often involving ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances who respond to challenges with the highest aspects of human nature.
08 - Food, Cooking, & Healthy Eating  Promoting the healing potential of food; preparing food to appeal to the palate, nourish the body, and stimulate the senses; includes the areas of nutritional guidance and dietary information. 
09 - Gift & Specialt
y  Unique books and non-book items (cards, games, etc.) that focus on or express special ways of thinking and being to enhance the human experience. 
10 - Green Living & Sustainability   Practical ways that support responsible stewardship in building & construction, alternative energy, conservation, and "natural living"; can address activities such as home ecosystems, gardening and farming, and meeting the triple goals of environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. 
11 - Death & Dying / Grief & Loss  Acknowledging the challenges and transitions of loss (of beloved persons or animals) with a sense of acceptance, recovery, healing, and wisdom; may include personal stories that help another in a similar situation.
12 - Health & Healing / Wellness & Vitality  Empowering, learning and exploring programs that restore and sustain a high level of individual, family and group wellness and vitality; includes attention to healing specific groups such as men, women, and children, as well as cultural influences on health practices. 

13 - Heroic Journeys  True stories of courage and collaboration, leadership and sportsmanship; includes situations where persons overcome obstacles or "impossible odds".

14 - Inner Prosperity & Right Livelihood   Providing tools, insights and inspiration that facilitate the unfolding of one's personal, professional, and spiritual journey.
15 - Journalism & Investigative Reporting   Intelligent, thoughtful reporting on current or newsworthy events that raise awareness about issues affecting the health, safety, or transformative possibilities for individuals, communities, institutions, and cultures.
16 - Memoir & Personal Journey  Writing based on personal history and reflection, which reveals personal growth and transition as well as relevance to greater social situations or circumstances. 
17 - Multicultural / Indigenous   Deepening our understanding of unfamiliar or diverse cultures, communities and peoples; includes books with intercultural examples, experiences, and practices that strengthen connections in the human family.   

18 - Parenting & Family  Supporting the nurturing, teaching, and guidance of children through all stages of life; with focus on the family unit and its possibilities, diversity of expressions, responsibilities, and dynamics through all life-chapters.  
19 - Personal Growth & Self-Help   Developing self-understanding as a core aspect of creating a better world; learning to cultivate a life of responsibility, integrity, creativity, accountability, and social and spiritual fulfillment.
20 - Psychology / Mental & Emotional Well-Being  Understanding the phases of human development, and the roots of and treatments for dysfunctional behaviors and attitudes; includes approaches that promote greater personal awareness, individual well-being, and improved interactions within a family, group, or community. 
21 - Photography / Art  Celebrating beauty in its myriad forms as a visual expression of high-level awareness and values; includes 'coffee table books' on subjects related to creating a better world.
22 - Poetry  Evoking compassion, wisdom, greater understanding, empathy, or passion through the artful and poetic use of language. 
23 - Relationships & Communication  How we develop, strengthen and sustain meaningful interactions and relationships in the varied facets of life, including friendships, marriage, creative partners, workplace colleagues, siblings, neighbors, and community.  

24 A - Religion / Spirituality of Eastern Thought   Perspectives and insights grounded in the core of Eastern Traditions.

24 B - Religion / Spirituality of Western Thought  Perspectives and insights grounded in the core of Western Traditions.

24 C - Religion / Spirituality of Other Traditions   Perspectives and insights grounded in other practices and traditions, including approaches that speak to the common spirituality of all beings and of their connection to the Divine. 

25 - Science, Cosmology, & Expanding Consciousness  Growing-edge science and emerging domains of human experience and wisdom that point to greater realms of wholeness; includes near-death experiences (NDE's) and their after-effects, integral-brain functioning, inter-being communication, and other types of inter-subjectivity that contribute to the unfolding story of who we are, how we think, and our place in the universe.

26 - Social Change   Innovative, forward-thinking practices and perspectives for improving societal structures, communications, and relationships through greater awareness and activism; includes areas such as peace-building, inter-ethnic dialogue, and sacred activism. 

27 - USA Spiritual Growth and Development   Beyond all differing views of cultural, political, religious, and economic issues of today, a deep seed of wholeness is emerging through the USA as an integral microcosm of humanity. Books in this category express various perspectives on our possible and positive futures between now and year 2030, as the USA crosses a major threshold; through these books, we consider how our intentions, individually and collectively, can help navigate the challenges and birth "a more perfect union."  

28 - Women  Focusing on the multi-dimensional roles of women in life, in community,  and in leadership around the world. 

                                           CHILDREN - TEENS - YOUNG ADULTS
Literature can be an important factor in shaping children's worldviews. We believe it is essential that books for young people be crafted with their best interests in mind, and in the spirit of Nautilus Award values: spiritual growth, high-level wellness, conscious living & green values, and positive social change. Books that express these values inspire and connect our lives - as individuals, communities, and global citizens. These ideals can be addressed in many ways, including in picture books, fiction and nonfiction, art, and poetry.  Outstanding writing for children is encouraged, and will be honored in the following categories.

  29 A - Children's Picture Books /Fiction: ages 2-6 years (Preschool- Grade 2) Imaginative picture books that give young children a visual introduction to values such as family, friendship, adventure, fantasy, legends, healthy foods and well-being. (We consider the dotted line between Fiction & Non-Fiction for Picture Books to reflect the boundary of right-brain and left-brain; they do work together, and need distinct developmental stimulation.)  

  29 B - Children's Picture Books /Non-Fiction: ages 2-6 years (Preschool- Grade 2) Factual  picture books that give young children a visual introduction to areas such as colors, numbers, alphabet, beauty, animal species, parts of nature, life cycles, beginning science. (We consider the dotted line between Fiction & Non-Fiction for Picture Books to reflect the boundary of right-brain and left-brain; they do work together, and need distinct developmental stimulation.) 

  30 A - Children's Illustrated /Fiction: 6-9 years (Grades 1- 4)  This category has a greater text-picture ratio than children's picture books; includes genres such as chapter books, fairy tales, imaginative stories, and many types of adventures, texture and beauty, deepening treatment of friendships with human and/or animal characters.  Stories of adventures with multicultural living are especially encouraged.

  30 B - Children's Illustrated /Non-Fiction: 6-9 years (Grades 1- 4)  This category has a greater text-picture ratio than children's picture books; includes non-fiction genres such as introduction to parts of nature, seasons and calendar, habits of animals, intro to science & technology, history of science, travel to other cities, countries, and cultures, "how things work", and intro to the arts.  These books can be illustrated with drawings or photos.  

  31 - Middle Grade Fiction: ages 8-12  (Grades 4- 7)

  32 - Middle Grade Non-Fiction: ages 8-12  (Grades 4- 7)

  33 - Young Adult (YA) Fiction: ages 13-19+  (Grades 8- 12)

  34 - Young Adult (YA) Non-Fiction: ages 13-19+  (Grades 8- 12)

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