Nautilus Book Awards

This article is about the American book awards. For the Polish science fiction award, see Nautilus Award.
Nautilus Book Award emblem

Nautilus Book Awards is an annual accolade of books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Established in the U.S. in 1998, it is considered a "major" book award and has been conferred to prominent authors including The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amy Goodman, Charles, Prince of Wales and Desmund Tutu.[1][2][3][4][5]

The award carries a monetary prize and seeks to recognize books in multiple categories that “make a difference and inspire.”[6] Most Nautilus Awards have been granted to books from major academic presses such as Stanford University Press, Princeton University Press, University of Michigan Press, University of California Press, Columbia University Press, and Michigan State University Press as well as large commercial publishers such as Penguin, W.W. Norton, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Little, Brown. However, several independent presses, including Island and Bloomsbury, are represented in the registry of past awards. The social networks Goodreads and Librarything maintain lists of Nautilus Award recipient books on their websites.

The award is named for the nautilus shell, as a symbol of wisdom and growth.[7]

Judging process

One gold and one or more silver awards are usually made annually in each of 24 adult and 4 children's/young adult categories.[8]

The Nautilus Book Award recipients are selected through a three-tier process presided over by an assembly of editors, professors, writers, librarians, publishers, schoolteachers and bookstore owners. Since the judging process requires consensus at three levels, which is not always achieved, there may be no books awarded in some years. The judging process also allows for concurrent awards.[9]

Notable recipients

See also


  1. Graham, Bessie; Jessie Helen Murray (2012). Famous Literary Prizes and Their Winners. Literary Collections.
  2. "Author biographies: Deepak Chopra". Hay House. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  3. "Mother Earth News".
  4. "Barbara Kingsolver '77 is Finalist for Gold Nautilus Book Award". Depauw University.
  5. "2011 NAUTILUS AWARD GOLD WINNERS". Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  6. "Book Award Contests You Should Consider". Urban Literary Review.
  7. "The Nautilus Story". Nautilus Book Awards. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  8. "2012-2013 Nautilus Book Awards Categories". Nautilus Book Awards. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  9. "Nautilus Book Awards". Retrieved 21 April 2013.

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