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Student Entry Deadline for American Advertising Awards

The Buntin Group

The Nashville Student ADDY Awards is part of the American Advertising Awards Competition and is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students.  Work entered here in Nashville can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country.


Applicants must be enrolled full or part time in an accredited U.S. educational institution.  Student interns are eligible to enter.


Submit work developed specifically for this competition or from previous projects or student contests.  The work must be created while the entrant is a student and not employed in the advertising industry.


The deadline for entries is Monday, February 5, 2018.  All entries must be entered online AND then delivered to The Buntin Group between Noon and 6pm on 2/5.  The Buntin Group is located at 716 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203.  The online portion of the entry process can be done anytime from now until the deadline.  The physical entries can only be dropped off between Noon and 6pm on Monday, February 5th.

Nashville winners will receive

  • Awards for Gold and Silver Winners
  • Recognition at our Student ADDY event, attended by students, parents, instructors and advertising professionals
  • $500 for the Best of Show winner, sponsored by FoxFuel Creative
  • $500 "Rising Star Scholarship" for the best non-senior winner, sponsored by the AAFN Scholarship Foundation
  • Gold winners are forwarded to the District level with fees paid by AAF Nashville
  • Silver winners are eligible to be forwarded to the District level if the entrant or school chooses to pay the $20 forwarding fee
  • Best of Show, Judges Choice, and Rising Star winners will have their work displayed at the professional ADDY event on March 3, 2018 and receive a complimentary ticket to the event. This is made possible through a sponsorship by FoxFuel Creative


National winning entries may receive the following

  • Finalist certificate - great for resumes and portfolios
  • Prestigious Student American Advertising Award for first-place winners
  • $1,000 cash prize for National Best of Show winner


How to Enter

Visit You will be directed to the competition site and login as a student entrant. Review the student category list 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.


If you encounter any problems accessing or understanding the website, technical support is available. Call 615-469-4040 for assistance.



Entries can be made online between now and February 5, 2018. After entries are made online, they must be dropped of at The Buntin Group on Monday, February 5, 2018 between Noon and 6pm. This is the only time that entries can be dropped off. The Buntin Group is located at 716 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Since you must enter your local American Advertising Awards competition to be eligible for district competition, it is important that you do not miss this deadline.


Please note: Comps, original photographs, illustrations, etc. all become the property of the AAF and do not have to be returned.

Entry Fees

AAF Student Members: $35 per entry

Non-Members: $40 per entry


Helpful Links

Online Entry Site -

Rules and Category Explanations


Dates to Remember

  • February 5 - Entry Deadline - all entries must be entered online prior to the deadline and delivered to The Buntin Group between Noon and 6pm on this day
  • February 10 - Judging - once judging is concluded and all judges' scores are confirmed we will notify the winners (no later than Feb. 13)
  • February 27 - Awards Celebration @ Play - all entrants receive one free ticket.  Student admission is $5 and all others can attend for $10. Reserved seating is available for $20.
  • March 5 - District Entry Deadline - all gold winners are automatically forwarded.  Silver winners must forward their entry and pay the forwarding fee of $20 per entry.
  • March 15 - District Judging - winners will be notified soon after the judging is completed.
  • April 13 - District ADDY Awards in Jackson, Mississippi
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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