Frequently Asked Questions
About The Stevie Awards
What are the Stevie Awards
How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?
What are The International Business Awards?
Who are the organizers and sponsors?
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 honorees?
Who can be nominated in The International Business Awards?
Who can submit entries for consideration?
Does a company have to be publicly held to be able to submit entries?
May government agencies and non-profit organizations 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?
What is the difference between a "department" category and a "team category?
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 worldwide.
Q: How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?
A: There are currently seven Stevie Awards competitions: The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.
The International Business Awards are open to all organizations 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 American Business Awards are open to American organizations and foreign companies with operations in the U.S.A.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are open to all women executives and entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run, worldwide.
The Stevie Awards for Great Employers honor the world's best companies to work for and the human resources teams, professionals, achievements, and new products and suppliers that help to create and drive great places to work.
The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are open to all organizations worldwide.
Q: What are The International Business Awards?
A: The International Business Awards are the only international, all-encompassing business awards competition. Each year the IBAs receive more than 3,800 entries from organizations in more than 60 nations and territories.
Q: Who are the sponsors?
A: The organizers are the Stevie Awards organization in suburban Washington, D.C. The sponsors include leading business-to-business publishers and marketers. Click here to learn about our sponsors.
Q: What are the categories?
A: There are scores of categories to recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace, from the executive suite to the production line. For a list of categories, click here.
Q: What will honorees receive?
A: Each year 30-40% of all entries submitted to the IBAs receive average scores during the judging process to warrant recognition as Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winners. To learn more about the Stevie Award trophy, click here.
Q: Where can I find a list of past honorees?
A: Stevie Award winners in The 2016 International Business Awards are listed here.
Q: What are the benefits of submitting entries?
A: Participating in The International Business Awards is a cost-effective way to honor and reward your valued employees. Just by nominating them you reward them. Click here for a list of 10 reasons why your organization should submit nominations.
The benefits of becoming a Stevie Award winners will also be significant. Honorees can expect to receive a tremendous amount of publicity. The brand-building or brand-burnishing benefits of winning a Stevie Award can be significant.
Q: What sort of publicity can International Stevie Award winners expect to receive?
A: The awards ceremony will be internationally broadcast, so International Stevie winners will receive international exposure just from the broadcast. The Awards' public relations agency will also work to generate international, regional, and local exposure for honorees.
Q: Who can submit entries for consideration?
A: Any person, group, or organizations can submit entries.
Q: May government agencies and non-profit organizations submit entries?
A: Yes they may. They should select "Non-profit Organizations" as their industry when they enter. There are also several categories specifically for government and non-profit organizations.
- 12 April: Early-bird deadline, offering discounted entry fees
- 10 May: Final entry deadline
- 14 June: Last day that late entries will be accepted with payment of a $55/entry late fee
Q: Are there entry fees?
A: Yes, there are entry fees, and they vary by category. For a list of the entry fees, click here. Because the Stevie Awards is an independent organization, we are funded almost exclusively by entry fees and sponsorships.
Q: Where can I see examples of entries that other companies have submitted?
A: Click here to read the 2016 Gold Stevie Award-winning entries.
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.
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 accomplishments, and in how and why it seeks recognition. The submission requirements are structured so that each organization may determine and cite its 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. What is the difference between a "department" category and a "team" category?
A. A department represents everyone who works in a particular function. For example, everyone who works in marketing in a company, regardless of their role or position, is part of the marketing department. A team, on the other hand, is a small group of people from one or more departments. For example, a customer service team that serves a particular client, or a human resources team that focuses on benefits administration.
Q: Who are the judges?
A: More than 150 executives around the world will participate in the IBA judging process in 2017. Judges will work in specialized committees, focused on the main category groups.
If you would like to apply to become a judge, click here. You will be able to participate at your convenience over the Internet.
Q: How can I apply to become a judge?
A: To complete the application to participate in the preliminary round of judging, click here.
Q: When will the awards ceremony take place?
A: The 2017 awards banquet will take place in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, 21 October. The setting will be announced soon. Tickets will go on sale in mid-August.
Q: What will it cost to attend the awards gala?
A: Tickets will be $475 each, or $4,650 for a table for 10.
Q: How many Stevie Award winners will there be?
A: The number of nominations that will ultimately be placed as Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winners will be determined by the number and quality of entries submitted. All entries that receive an average score of at least 7.0 out of a possible 10 will be recognized. The qualifying entry with the highest average score in a category will be designated the Gold Stevie winner. Other qualifying entries with an average score of 8.0 or higher will be designated as Silver Stevie winners. Remaining qualifying entries will be recognized as Bronze Stevie winners.
Q: What will Stevie Award winners receive?
A: Gold Stevie Award winners will automatically receive one Gold Stevie Award. Silver and Bronze Stevie winners will be eligible to receive one silver or bronze medal, and will have the option (but not the requirement) to purchase a Silver or Bronze Stevie Award trophy..
Q: Will Stevie Award winners be able to purchase duplicate awards?
A: Yes. A wide range of duplicate awards and other commemorative items are available for purchase at StevieAwards.myshopify.com.