Home Made

American Advertising Awards
2021 / Des Moines, IA

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In 2020 homemade wasn't just about cookies and quilts anymore. No, sir. Home Made was about overcoming, stepping up, adapting, and above all creating under less than ideal conditions. So here's to grinding it out at home in the basement, at the kitchen table, on the deck, and anywhere else you could organize the chaos and focus on the work. Now's your chance to prove that something good did come out of 2020.

Let's see your Home Made goodies.

The Art of Our Crafts

About The American Advertising Awards

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year from local ad club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Award competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

American Advertising Awards

Home Sweet Home

AAF of Des Moines

This entry is for our local phase. If you win here, you automatically move on to district competition.

Home Is Where the Heartland Is

AAF District 9

At this second level, AAF winners will compete against other local winners. District 9 is composed of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas.

Home Away From Home

AAF Nationals

At this competition's final tier, district winners compete for a spot on the national stage.

In general, there are a lot of small changes to the categories this year, so please read carefully. Click the links below to see more about the categories and rules for your work.

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You May Need to Leave the House

Dropoff location will be at ZLR Ignition on Dec 11th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please contact Jess Kennedy at to coordinate a time to drop off your entries. Your safety is important to us during drop off times, we will make sure to socially distance and masks will be required.

All entries must be received by December 31, 2020. If you are unable to make it to drop off, email Jess Kennedy at to coordinate a new drop off time.

Click the links below to find more information about submitting your work.

Professional Student

AAF MEMBER - Single: $70 | Campaign: $80

NON-AAF MEMBER - Single: $100 | Campaign: $110

STUDENT - Student: $30 | Campaign: $40

When You Have To Put On REAL Pants

DATE: Saturday, February 27, 2021

PLACE: Hilton Des Moines Downtown, 435 Park Street, Des Moines, IA 50309