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Frequently Asked Questions

About The Stevie Awards
What are the Stevie Awards?
How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?
What are The Stevie Awards for Women in Business?
Who are the sponsors?
Who governs the Awards?
How long have The Stevie Awards been in existence?
What are the categories?
What will winners receive?
Where can I find a list of past winners?

Benefits of Participation
What are the benefits of submitting entries?
What sort of publicity can Stevie Award winners expect to receive?

Submitting Entries
Who can be nominated?
Who can submit entries for consideration?
Does a company have to be publicly held to be able to submit entries?
When is the entry deadline?
Are there entry fees?
Where can I see examples of entries that other companies have submitted?
Are entry forms kept confidential?
Why are the submission requirements for most categories so loosely defined?

Judging
You say that entrants will only compete against other companies of their size, in their industry? How does that work?
Who are the judges?
How can I apply to be a judge?

Awards Announcement
Will there be an awards ceremony?

Awards
How many winners will there be?
Will winners be able to purchase additional awards?

Q: What are the Stevie Awards?
A: The Stevie Awards are the world's premier business awards.  The mission of the Stevie Awards is to recognize and generate public awareness of excellence in the workplace.

Q: How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?
A: There are seven Stevie Awards competitions: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, and the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.  
   The American Business Awards are open to all organizations and individuals in the U.S.A.
   The International Business Awards are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide.
   The Stevie Awards for Great Employers are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide.
   The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide.
   The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are open to all organizations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region.
   The German Stevie Awards are open to all organizations operating in Germany.
   The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide.

Q: What are the Stevie Awards for Women in Business?
A: The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the only global, all-encompassing business awards program for women executives, women entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run.

Q: Who are the sponsors?
A: The sponsors include several of the leading business-to-business publishers and marketers. Click here to learn about our sponsors.

Q: Who governs the Awards?
A: The awards are administered by Stevie Awards, Inc.

Q: How long have The Stevie Awards been in existence?
A: The Stevie Awards were founded in 2002.

Q: What are the categories?
A: There are more than 80 categories recognizing individuals, companies and organizations, new products and service, communications and marketing campaigns, and several forms of media. For a list of categories, click here.

Q: What do winners receive?
A:Category winners receive a Gold Stevie® Award, a magnificent trophy designed by the same company that makes the Oscar and Emmy Awards. Other category finalists will receive a Silver or Bronze medal, depending on their score in final judging.

Q: Where can I find a list of past winners?
A: Click here for the list of 2016 Stevie winners.

Q: What are the benefits of submitting entries?
A: The employee-relations benefits can be significant. When you submit entries, you're telling your employees that you recognize and appreciate their efforts and believe that their achievements are worthy of recognition.
   The benefits of winning a Stevie will also be significant. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners can expect to receive a tremendous amount of publicity.
    You'll also have access to all of the judges' comments about all of your entries: invaluable feedback about your personal or corporate story and how you tell it.

Q: What sort of publicity can Stevie Award winners expect to receive?
A: The Awards' public relations team will also work to generate national, regional, and local exposure for Stevie winners.  Click here to see recent press clippings about Stevie Award winners.
   We will also make tools available to winners and Finalists to help them publicize their achievements, including press release templates.  Click here to see the Winners' Circle resources from 2016.

Q: Who can be nominated?
A: Any woman executive, entrepreneur, employee, or woman-owned or -run organization worldwide may be nominated. There are also a number of categories to recognize communications campaigns, marketing campaigns, and media produced for or by women.

Q: Who can submit entries for consideration?
A: Any person, group, or company can submit entries.

Q: Does a company have to be publicly held to be able to submit entries?
A: No, any organization or individual can submit entries.

Q: When is the entry deadline?
A: There is an early-bird deadline of July 19 - entry fees are discounted. The entry deadline is August 23, but late entries will be accepted through September 20 with payment of a $55/entry late fee.

Q: Are there entry fees?
A: Yes. Entry fees are summarized in this PDF document. There are no entry fees for quite a few categories, including Female Employee of the Year, Startup of the Year, and categories for women and organizations in the government and non-profit sectors, however.

Q: Where can I see examples of entries that other companies have submitted?
A: 2016 Stevie-winning entries have been published and are accessible on the listing of Stevie winners.

Q: Are entry forms kept confidential?
A: Yes. The organizers ensure that only authorized judges will review entries, and that information about nominees is not released to anyone else without prior approval. Gold Stevie Award-winning entries will be published, but winners will first be given the opportunity to redact any confidential or other non-public information from winning entries before publication.

Q. Why are the submission requirements for most categories so loosely defined?
A. The submission requirements are loosely defined in recognition that every organization is unique in its culture, its achievements, and in how and why it seeks recognition. The submission requirements are structured so that each organization or individual may determine and cite its or her own accomplishments in its own way. More strictly defined requirements would narrow the focus of the awards, which the organizers did not want to do.

Q: You say that entrants will only compete against other organizations of their size, in their industry? How does that work?
A: When you submit your entries to the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, you must specify your organization's industry and size (by number of employees) as part of the entry process.
   When Stevie Awards staff determine Stevie Award placements, based on judges' final scores, they have the option to break up Finalists in a category into multiple categories, based on industry and/or organization size.

Q: Who are the judges?
A: We expect that more than 150 professionals around the world will participate in the judging process in 2017.  See the 2016 judges here.

Q: How can I apply to become a judge?
A: To complete the application to participate in the judging process, click here. If your application is accepted you will be able to participate at your convenience over the Internet.

Q: Will there be an awards ceremony?
A: Yes.   Finalists will be announced and notified in early October, and an awards dinner and ceremony will be held in New York City on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Q: How many winners will there be?
A: The number of Stevie winners will be determined by the number and quality of entries submitted. All entries that receive a high average score in preliminary-round judging will automatically become Finalists. All Finalists will ultimately be Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Q: Will winners be able to purchase duplicate awards?
A:Yes. Gold Stevie winners will be able to purchase duplicate trophies and/or Stevie Winner certificates and plaques. Silver and Bronze winners will receive Silver and Bronze medals, and will be able to purchase Silver and Bronze Stevie trophies, Stevie Winner certificates and plaques.