- What are the Nautilus Book Awards and how long have they been around? The Nautilus program started in 1997, and is now in its 18th year. The program reviews hundreds of books each year that are submitted by their Author or Publisher, in one or more categories (there are 33 total categories, including books for adults and for children); see website nautilusbookawards.com. There are generally one Gold Winner and several Silver Winners in each category annually; receiving a Nautilus Award is a prestigious recognition of a book’s contribution to helping create a better future. The byline of Nautilus is “Better Books for a Better World.”
- How have the awards grown over the years? There are many more categories now than there were 18 years ago; and some of the categories have been modified to reflect changes in cultural trends and greater consciousness about the importance of certain fields. ex: Green Living & Sustainability, Health & Healing /Wellness & Vitality, Inner Prosperity /Right Livelihood, and Science & Cosmology. Another sign of the program’s growth is the increased number of entries from authors in more States in the USA, and the program is now well-known in other nations. As of 11-30-15, we have received entries from 30 States in USA, and from 11 other nations thus far, and we are halfway through the Nautilus season – which ends January 30, 2016 (by Postmark date on book packages). \
- What distinguishes your award from other awards? In brief, there are three aspects that distinguish the Nautilus Book Awards from other literary competitions: We have an explicit mission to recognize and honor books that are helping build a more positive culture; not just “wishful thinking” about a better future, but actually sharing information, stories, transformational experiences, community initiatives in many genres that can help people who read books to find sources of hope and guidance.