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Secure your spot in history

Submit your most creative work to the 2018-2019 American Advertising Awards! American Advertising Federation: Cedar Rapids-Iowa City will hold its annual awards gala to honor and recognize the amazing creative work produced by advertising, communications, and marketing professionals in our area.

What you need to know

But we won’t see you there without work to admire. Prep your entries—key information can be found below.

Review info below before submitting entries.


See the 2017 national award winners

Our event is the first of a three-tier national competition. Select winners will go on to compete in a district competition. District winners are forwarded to the national competition.


Important dates to remember

  • TBA: Entries open
  • TBA: Last day entries are accepted without late fee
  • TBA: Last day entries are accepted. Late fees will apply
  • TBA: Judging Day
  • TBA: American Advertising Awards Gala


Entry fees


(Campaign): $85
(Campaign): $100
(Single): $75
(Single): $90
Students: $30 Late Fees: $10


Drop-off Sites

  • J.W. Morton, Cedar Rapids (NE)
  • de Novo Alternative Marketing, Cedar Rapids (SE)
  • Iowa City Area Development Group (located at Merge), Iowa City

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About the AAAs

The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local Ad Club phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie to win ADDY Awards – recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District ADDY winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national stage of the American Advertising Awards. Entry in your local Ad Club competition is the first step toward winning a national ADDY.

Entering the American Advertising Awards supports the entire advertising industry, because the AAF and its local and district affiliates use the proceeds to enhance advertising through programs such as public service, internships, advocacy groups, advertising education, and consumer awareness.

Selection of the most creative entry in each category is affected by a scoring process in which a panel of judges evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. A GOLD ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the category. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a SILVER ADDY. The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on the relative quality of work in that category.