Call For Entries

Put your best work forward at the 51st American Advertising Awards on Feb. 22, 2019, where we will honor the outstanding creative work from advertising, communications, and marketing professionals in our community. We are accepting entires from Dec. 3, 2018 through Jan. 4, 2019.

Entry Details

Please review entry rules and categories then submit your work in the portal below.



2018 National 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

  • Monday, December 3rd: Entries open
  • Tuesday, December 4th: Informational Event – “How To Win An Addy”
  • Friday, January 4th: Last day entries are accepted without late fee
  • Friday, February 22nd: 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

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.