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American Advertising Awards 2018/2019

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The American Advertising Awards, home of the ADDY® Award, is one of the industry's largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through competitions offered through local AAF clubs. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in 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.

2019 CincinnADDYs Call For Entries 

What is that thing, that monster, that beast inside you that makes you do what you do?

What is that insatiable appetite that MAKES you create? You don’t WANT to create. You HAVE to create. Because you have no other choice. This is a wake-up call to that thing inside all of us that makes all us do what we love to do. So unleash that desire and feed the beast.

About the ADDYs:

CincinnADDYs will still be the first step of the three-tier American Advertising Awards (aka the ADDYs) that nationally attracts more than 35,000 entries annually. Still a creative competition with print and electronic categories for advertising, branding, marketing, promotion and public relations. 

But the CincinnADDYs is more. This year, we will have a Cincinnati Celebration of Creativity. Our standard national categories will be the same. But this year, we are adding Cincinnati-Only categories to have more inclusivity, more variety, more fun. 


What to submit?

You’ll find all the 3-tier categories that you’ve seen the past two years. We will be bringing in a panel of high-profile creatives from across the country to judge the work. And we will publicize their names and their credentials. So, review all the great work you created in 2018. Select the work you want to be judged. There’s a place for almost anything you created! 

PRICING FOR ALL STANDARD CATEGORIES (Professional #01A through #98; Student #S01A through #S31) has NOT increased from last year. 

                                    Single               Campaign 

Member                       $80                  $100 

Non-member*             $120                $140

Student                        $40                  $40 

Prices listed are for entry by January 11, 2019.  Professional entries add $30 per submission January 12-16, 2019.  (Last minute entries, accepted on January 18, will add $50 per submission to the January 11 prices.)

*Not a Member? If you are not currently an AAF Cincinnati or Ad 2 Cincinnati member and would like to take advantage of the membership pricing, visit www.aafcincinnati.orgto join.  Your entry savings will be significant!

If you have questions, please call the AAF Cincinnati office, (513) 984-9990. 


SUBMIT ALL WORK ONLINE.  Visit www.CincinnADDYs.comto register and submit work.  Payment for submissions can be made online or you may write a check to AAF Cincinnati and deliver it with your manifest and physical entries to our drop-off location. All payments must be received up front to be eligible for the competition. 

IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING ONLY ELECTRONIC/DIGITAL WORK ENTRIES, they do not need to be physically delivered. This applies to entries in the following categories ONLY and requires submission of creative assets either via digital file uploads or submission of URLs for judging (carefully following the submission instructions). For THESE CATEGORIES ONLY, submit all work online with no requirement to deliver in person:

              Online/Interactive categories (#37 - 47 and 75) 

              Film, Video and Sound categories (#48 - 71) 

              Select Elements of Advertising categories (#85 - 98) 

(IMPORTANT NOTE:  A signed manifest is still required for these entries.  Please print, sign, and scan the Manifest and e-mail it to CincinnADDYs@gmail.com) 

For all other categories, a physical entry form and physical samples of the creative work suitable for judging must be submitted as part of the entry even though a PDF or JPG of the entry was uploaded.  

Physical entries must be delivered in-person (not mailed) to Grey Midwest (POSSIBLE) between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on 1/11/19 or 1/16/19. LAST MINUTE entries, with additional late fees, may be delivered in-person between 3 and 5 on 1/18/19.  Please submit each entry in a clear plastic envelope and INCLUDE YOUR ENTRY FORM. Also INCLUDE WITH YOUR GROUP OF ENTRIES, ONE SIGNED MANIFEST (THE LISTING OF ALL YOUR ENTRIES).

If you have not paid entry fees online or with a credit card at the drop-off location, please include your entry fee check made out to AAF Cincinnati.

Drop-off location  

Grey Midwest

302 W. Third Street (McFarland entrance) 

Cincinnati, OH 45202 

(513) 381-1380

Friday, 1/11/19                                           1pm – 6pm
Wednesday, 1/16/19 late fees apply         1pm – 6pm
Friday, 1/18/19 highest late fees apply      3pm – 5 pm


Just $25 for Each Entry! And all will be entered ELECTRONICALLY. 

To help us all feed the Beast, we’ve added a whole new group of Cincinnati-only categories. The entry fees are less for those. They’ll be judged by your local ad peers.  And some of the rules will be more flexible. Just for fun.  

Each and every Cincinnati-only entry is a flat fee of $25. 


Nominate yourself, your friends, or your work! It's easy. Simply submit your work as a narrative or as a jpg, png, or mp4. In addition, write a short description of why you think it deserves a local ADDY. Our panel of local creative judges will look them over and select the winners, so make your narrative or description compelling. Also, no student nominations in these categories.

Cincy 01.  Best building mural art, large or small, permanent or temporary
Cincy 02.  Worst mandatory agency photo
Cincy 03.  Best local video editor
Cincy 04.  Best local sound engineer
Cincy 05.  Best tweet
Cincy 06.  Best agency swag
Cincy 07.  Best doodler
Cincy 08.  Best Account Exec deserving of Medal of Honor for dealing with stress-inducing client
Cincy 09.  Best creative that client didn’t buy
Cincy 10.  Best fake print ad
Cincy 11.  Best fake TV Ad
Cincy 12.  Best fake social post
Cincy 13.  Best use of the Roebling Bridge in a video
Cincy 14.  Best home-brewed beer branding
Cincy 15.  Best band poster
Cincy 16.  Best use of trade gothic
Cincy 17.  Best online persona name
Cincy 18.  Best work for a tough client: Plead your case
Cincy 19.  Best portfolio site
Cincy 20.  Best all-encompassing philanthropy/non-profit work 

For a full list of submission categories, along with official rules and regulations, please visit www.CincinnADDYs.com