Judging of entries will be conducted in two phases: preliminary and final. Preliminary judging will be conducted in April-May 2013. Preliminary judges will be recruited nationwide, will apply to judge on the American Business Awards web site, and will be accepted or disqualified, and assigned categories by Stevie® Awards staff, based on their industry, function, and experience.
During preliminary judging, each entry will be reviewed and rated by no fewer than five (5) volunteer judges who have been approved as qualified (by Stevie Awards staff) to judge those entries. All entries except those in some of the Creative Media Awards Categories (such as Best Annual Report, which must be judged offline) will be viewed and rated at the judges' convenience over the Internet. Rating will be done on a scale of 1-10.
All entries that receive an average score of at least 7.0 in the preliminary round of judging, regardless of category, will automatically be designated as Finalists, and will be eligible for Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award status, to be determined in final judging.
In late-May 2013, members of the final judging committees will perform the final judging, and their average scores will determine the Stevie Award winners. The Finalist entry in each category with the highest average score after final judging will receive a Gold Stevie Award. Any Finalist entries with a final average score of at least 8.0 will be designated as Silver Stevie winners, and will receive a silver medal. All other Finalists will be designated as Bronze Stevie winners, and will receive a bronze medal. Silver and Bronze winners will have the right to promote their Silver- and Bronze-winning Stevie status, and will have the option to purchase their Silver and Bronze Stevie statues.
The veracity of claims made in Finalist entries may be audited. Any entry found to contain false or misleading information will be disqualified. Stevie-winning entries will be published on the American Business Awards web site. Winners will have the opportunity to redact any confidential or non-public information from their entries before publication.