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  Our recent Nautilus Season was open for Entries
from September 21, 2016 through Feb. 10, 2017.

The Nautilus Season is now closed, while our Reviewers
read and assess the hundreds of Entries that were submitted.


When your Entry package is postmarked 
  from January 1– through February 10, 2017, the
  Final Entry Fees apply (see below).

The general criteria for eligible Nautilus Entries are: 
* Print book, in English, with ISBN number
* Published during 2015 or 2016
* Published version, no "Advance Reader copy"
* High-quality writing
* Message appropriate to the Category selected

The Nautilus Mission continues in our 19th year –
To recognize, promote, and celebrate books that support
conscious living & green values, high-level wellness,
spiritual growth, and positive social change. 

(link below for Entry Form is now active)

Opening & Closing Dates


(Entry Form, Payment Options)



How Many Copies

How to Send

Shipping Address

Season opens:  September 21, 2016
Season closes:  February 10, 2017  (by postmark date on Book package)
We invite you to submit your most noteworthy books to  the 19th Annual Nautilus Book Awards - a unique awards program that recognizes and celebrates books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, and positive social change.  We also value books that stimulate the imagination and offer the reader new possibilities for a better life and a better world.

Gold, Silver and Grand awards are given to books of exceptional merit that make a literary and heartfelt contribution to the fields of high-level wellness, green values and responsible leadership, as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspiration.  We accept print books, written in English, from the USA and all other countries. This year, the Entries need to have been published between Jan. 2015 through Dec. 2016.

A Cash Prize of $2,500 will be given to one Grand Award Winner selected from the Gold Winners in all Core Categories. 

Award Winners will be announced in May 2017.

All print books entered in any category of the Nautilus Awards by small presses or that are self-published will be eligible for our Honorary Small Press and Honorary Self-Published awards; these books will be entered by our judges as contenders in the Small Press or the Self-Published category for no additional fee.


 Opening and Closing Dates:

Opening Date:  September 21, 2016 
    * All dates below are by postmark date of national postal service 
        (U.S. Mail or International mail), or by private delivery (eg, FedEx, UPS).
       Sept 21- Mon., Oct 31, 2016         Early Discount Entry Fee

       Nov 1 – Sat., Dec 31, 2016    Regular Entry Fee  ($10 increase per
                                                                Category in which book is entered)

       Jan. 1 – Feb 10 (Fri.), 2017       Final Entry Fee ( $10 increase per
                                                                Category in which book is entered)  

  FINAL Entry Fees (USD) are now in effect: 
        $185 for 1st category, plus $155 for a 2nd (or 3rd) category.

         These Fees are effective through the rest of the Nautilus Season until February 10 (by postmark date on Book package); on February 10, the Nautilus Season closes for entries. Reviewers will finish their assessments of the books during Feb. and March.
          > See below for three payment options


The 2016-17 Nautilus Book Awards is now accepting entries in 38 subject categories, with 8 of those categories for Children, Teens and Young Adults.
  *   Print book in English

  *    copyrighted or published during 2015 or 2016; and published version (no "Advance Reader copy" book is acceptable as submitted entry). 

We accept Entries from traditional larger publishers, small presses, and self-publishers.

Each year the Nautilus Book Awards has an honorary category to acknowledge and recognize
  *  Best in Small Press, and
  *  Best Self-Published book.
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 become candidates for these awards.
It cannot be entered otherwise.

All books must have an ISBN number.

Note: An Entry Form must be filled out for each copy of each book and inserted (not taped) inside the front cover.  You will need to make multiple copies of the Entry Form so you can put a copy in each physical book; the Entry Form can be folded to fit inside a smaller book.
See the "2016 Entry Form" (BELOW) for detailed instructions.

Your registration is not complete until your payment is received, and the Books (with Entry Forms) are postmarked by the due-date for that Entry Fee period. 

 Registration (Entry Form, Payment Options):

        CLICK the link below for the Entry Form – then print the Form,
           fill it out (separate for each Category), and make copies (a copy for each
           physical book mailed).

Entry form > updated by Sept 2017   
1.  CHECK:  Enclose your Check with the books-package and Entry forms. A single check (payable to "Nautilus Book Awards") may be written to cover all categories entered.
          2.  PAYPAL: Pay online via PayPal, either by credit card or PayPal account.

          3.  PAYMENTECH direct (Chase Bank): contact Mary Belknap to arrange
           this option at  You will provide credit
           card information by phone.

             Note: If you select option 2 or 3 - you will need to ship your Books and Entry Forms 
            separately from the payment.  

Pay Online: first Category
Pay Online: additional Categories
Final Entry Fee
  Jan. 1– Feb. 10, 2017
Fee for first category
         $185 per title
 For same title in a second or
 third category - see next box
Author, Book Title

Final Entry Fee
  Jan. 1– Feb. 10, 2017
Fee for each

additional (2nd, 3rd) category
for the same Title

   $155 per title

Note 1:  You need to pay the Fee for a First Category (left-box above) before a book is eligible for the lower fee of an Additional Category.

Note 2:
Nautilus accepts PayPal payments only online  (via your PayPal account or Credit Card –Visa, MasterCard, Discovery and American Express).

  How many copies:

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

    If you enter the SAME title in additional categories, please send three (3) additional books for each
    additional category entered.

    Example: If you enter a title in Ecology & Environment – plus you want to enter the same title in
    Memoir  – You will need to send 4 + 3 books, for a total of seven (7) books for two categories.
(The reason we need this number of copies is that our Reviewers live in different cities and, in some i   instances, in different States of U.S.A.) 

For a Title entered in three categories, you will send 4 + 3 + 3 = total of ten (10) books.  

 How to Send:

Please ship Books with Entry forms in same package, using a nation-wide shipping service such as 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 

Please arrange to be able to track your package so you will know when it arrives -
  You have the option to purchase a ''Confirmation of Delivery" receipt;
or enclose a SASP (postcard) in the package for confirmation of arrival.

     DO NOT SEND 4TH CLASS BOOK RATE mail, as it can take a week or more to arrive and cannot
     be insured or tracked. exception: If you live in the Seattle/Puget Sound area, Book Rate works fine.


    ADDRESS FOR SHIPPING            

            Nautilus Book Awards  
            Mary Belknap, Director
            P.O. BOX 2285  VASHON WA 98070  USA  
                           * packages via US Mail /U.S. Postal Service – includes Priority Mail 
                           * and for packages via International Mail services    

             Packages sent via FedEx, UPS, or other courier service ONLY :
                              9427 SW 156th St, Vashon WA 98070 
                               (phone reference for courier: 206. 304-2250) 

~~ Better Books for a Better World ~~
   Thank you very much!  

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