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Celebrating creative excellence, the American Advertising Awards is the industry’s largest and most representative competition. This prestigious 3-tier contest begins at the local level, attracting 30,000 submissions across the country. Local winners get enthusiastically feted at an awards show, before advancing to the District phase. Then, the best of the best reach the National stage.

Congratulations to our 2024 winners!

All across the country, local entrants vie to win American Advertising Awards — recognition as the very best in their markets. 

Entry in your local Ad Club competition is the first step toward winning a national American Advertising Award. Local winners advance to the second competition tier, which is the district level. Winners from the 15 districts are then forwarded to the final tier: the national stage of the American Advertising Awards.


Yes, winning an Addy makes you look good — VERY good — but entering the American Advertising Awards ALSO supports the local and broader advertising industry, because we use the proceeds for programs such as public service, internships, advocacy groups, advertising education and consumer awareness.  

At the Cleveland American Advertising Awards, we celebrate our vibrant advertising community and honor the year’s biggest ideas and brightest minds in Northeast Ohio.

Are you ready?

We’re ready for you!  

Once again, all entries will be reviewed digitally this year. Which means you do not need to send any hard samples at this time. Just follow the prompts, upload your work, arrange payment and you’re done. In some categories, entrants are allowed and/or required to upload additional digital examples of an entry. This is intended to provide more appropriate context for the judges. For most categories, there has been no change from prior competition years. 

Please carefully follow all online submission guidelines provided within the entry system, in order to ensure that your work is properly represented during all three tiers of the American Advertising Awards competition. 


Entries are open until January 14, 2023 at midnight. 

Enter here!


For all entries a manifest MUST be emailed here.


Download Categories and Rules

The Mosaic Addy!  

We're giving out a new trophy this year: the Mosaic addy. This special local judge's choice award honors work that best exemplifies a spirit of diversity and inclusion. If you're already entering the show, there's no extra application necessary: All work submitted in ANY category automatically competes for the Mosaic addy, too. So if you have work that demonstrates an understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse audience, submit to the American Advertising Awards today.


Or tomorrow.


Or Friday.


But then that's it — entries close, and oof, the FOMO.

Learn more about the Mosaic Addy here!

2023 Entry Fees

Corporate Entry Fees
Contact us for special corporate member only discount code

Non-Member Entry Fees
Single Entry - $145
Campaign - $195

Student (Single Entry or Campaign) - $30

Individual Member Entry Fees
Single Entry - $90
Campaign - $135

Student (Single Entry or Campaign) - $25

Not a member?

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