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. Submission deadline is Jan. 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Extended deadline is Jan. 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library second floor conference room.

Entry Details

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

Choose from hundreds of categories to enter your work. Entering a local Ad Club competitions like ours is the first step toward winning a national ADDY. Good luck!


*NEW* Extended Deadline

Need a little more time to finish your entries? You’ve got until Friday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. Each entry submitted after the Jan. 4 deadline will incur a $10 late fee. Drop off submissions by Thursday at any of the three sites listed below. On Friday, Jan. 11, final drop off will be at the second floor conference room at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. An AAF board member will be there accepting final entries from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

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
  • JUST ANNOUNCED Friday, January 11th: Extended submission deadline. Must deliver entries to CRPL by 2:00 p.m.
  • 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 & Associates – 1924 St. Andrews Ct NE, Cedar Rapids

de Novo Alternative Marketing – 329 10th Ave SE, Suite 112, Cedar Rapids

Iowa City Area Development Group (located at Merge) – 136 S Dubuque St, 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.