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American Advertising Awards Entry Deadline

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Rules and Category Descriptions


The American Advertising Awards 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 - recognized 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 the AAF Nashville American Advertising Awards 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.


How to Enter

Visit and click on "ADDYS" in the upper right hand corner. You will be directed to the competition site to register as an entrant. Review the category list in this document or on these websites to find where your work should compete, and follow the simple drop down menus to enter your information. Make sure you credit the members of your creative team, so that they will be recognized properly in press releases and other AAF winner publications.


Submission of entries acknowledges the right of the AAF to use them for publication, exhibition and marketing of the American Advertising Awards competition and show.


Entry Deadline and Drop Off

The entry deadline has been extended to 6:00 p.m., January 15, 2018 to enter the competition online. Entries must also be dropped off at Athens Paper Company between 10am and 6pm on Monday, January 15, 2018. Athens Paper is located at 1898 Elm Tree Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37210. 


Entry Fees

There is a substantial savings in entry fees for AAFN members. Some of the benefits of membership include: personal and professional development through regular meetings and workshops; networking opportunities; a voice in legislative issues; and member discounts on business related services.


AAFN Member Entry Fees:

Single Entry $105

Campaign $125


Non-Member Entry Fees:

Single Entry $145

Campaign $165


Method of Payment

When entering the competition, you may pay for them online by using any major credit card. 


If you choose, you may also pay the entry fee at the time of submission. AAF Nashville accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa.  Cash, Cashiers Check, Money Order and Personal Checks are also accepted.


Eligible Markets

The following Middle Tennessee cities fall within the boundaries of AAF Nashville, and are eligible to compete in this competition. If your city is not listed, but is located within the boundaries of the cities listed, you are also eligible to compete. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please call the AAF Nashville office at 615-469-4040. The eligible cities/boundaries are: Nashville, Ashland City, Carthage, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Dickson, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Sparta, Springfield and Shelbyville Tennessee.


Eligibility / Geographic Considerations

All work entered in The American Advertising Awards competition must have first appeared in the media between January 1 and December 31, 2017. With the exceptions of Public Service Advertising, Advertising for the Arts, and Advertising Industry Self Promotion categories, work entered must have been the result of paid creative services and media placement in the normal course of business (excluding student entries). Entries must be submitted in the CBSA, DMA or MSA where the work was created (as defined by Arbitron or Nielsen for your local market). In the event that there are entrants located in markets not served by a local ADDY affiliated show, the acceptance, processing, judging, forwarding and fees of those entries will be decided by the governing body of the district in which the entrant is located.


Rules and Categories

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Past Events


January 15, 2018

American Advertising Awards Entry Deadline

10:00 am - 6:00 pm @ Athens Paper

December 20, 2017

Holiday Mixer

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ JIVE!

November 30, 2017

Student Get the Job Conference

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Nossi College of Art

November 29, 2017

Pilgrimage Festival Marketing Secrets

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ redpepper

October 26, 2017

How to Create News Out of Thin Air

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ Raven Public Relations

August 3, 2017

FoxFuel University: The Man Behind the Beard

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm @ L&C Tower

July 20, 2017

Food for Thought: AAFN + AIGA July Luncheon

11:30 am - 1:00 pm @ Sambuca

June 28, 2017

Awards Luncheon

11:30 am - 1:00 pm @ Nashville City Club

May 2, 2017

Visual Communications Portfolio Showcase

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm @ Nashville State Community College

April 27, 2017

FLUX Senior Graphic Design Show

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ ST8MNT

April 27, 2017

TEXTiles: Together we make on collection

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ First Amendment Center

April 7, 2017

District ADDY Awards

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm @ Lamar Advertising

April 4, 2017

April Ad Tuesday - Freelance Like a Boss

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ Industrious Nashville

March 31, 2017

Agency Crawl

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

March 17, 2017

March 16, 2017

March Luncheon - Boss Ladies

11:30 am - 1:00 pm @ Sambuca

February 25, 2017

52nd Annual Nashville Advertising Awards

6:00 pm - 12:00 am @ War Memorial Auditorium

February 21, 2017

February 19, 2017

February 7, 2017

Ad Tuesday - Super Bowl Ad Breakdown

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ GS&F