Follow these simple steps to ensure that you submit entries that are worthy of receiving an International Stevie Award:
1. Subscribe to the Free Stevie Awards Monthly Email Newsletter
The monthly email newsletter is the best way to stay informed about entry deadline extensions, new categories, and other announcements from the organizers of The Stevie Awards. Click here to learn more.
2. Request an Entry Kit
The Entry Kit contains all of the forms and instructions you will need to be able to prepare and submit your entries. Click here to request your Entry Kit.
3. Determine Who or What You Want to Nominate, and in Which Categories
Decide which individuals, groups, or media (web sites, apps, videos, marketing or PR campaigns, etc.) within your organization that you will nominate/enter, then select the most appropriate categories for those entries. Contact the Stevie Awards office with your questions about the most appropriate categories, entry fees, and so on. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Use Past International Stevie-winning Entries as Models
Past International Stevie-winning entries are good examples of entries that judges scored highly, and we recommend that you emulate their style, tone, and structure. Click here to read the list of 2012 Gold Stevie Award winners.
5. Prepare Your Entries
International Stevie-winning entries are:
a. Well-written. They are terse and succinct. Their tone is modest, even when describing the most impressive accomplishments.
b. Focused on a few accomplishments. Describe in detail just a few accomplishments, instead of listing many accomplishments in brief.
c. Accompanied by supporting information. Provide links to online news stories, press releases, or other documents that support the claims made in your entries.
International Stevie-winning entries are not:
a. Just about "extraordinary" accomplishments. When you read through some of the past International Stevie-winning entries you will see that many of them simply are about companies and people that have performed well. They are not about extraordinary, world-changing or industry-changing accomplishments. Tell your story well, and support your claims, and the judges will score your entries highly.
a. Grandiose and hyperbolic. Avoid flowery language and overblown claims. The judges tend to deduct points for immodesty.
6. Submit Your Entries by the Entry Deadline
The early-bird entry deadline is 10 April 2013. The final entry deadline is 15 May 2013. Late entries will be accepted through 12 June 2013 with payment of a late fee.
7. Participate in the Judging Process
Apply to be a preliminary-round judge. As a judge you will be able to see the entries submitted by many companies around the world, and you will develop a better sense of the types of entries that judges score highly. (You will not be allowed to judge entries in categories in which you have submitted entries, however.) Click here to complete the application form.
If your application is accepted you will be assigned categories based on your function, experience, and language preferences. As a preliminary-round judge you will be able to judge as few or as many nominations as you like, at your convenience, over the Internet during May-July 2013.