It’s time to gather all of your best work and get ready for the Western Virginia Advertising Awards. All entries must be submitted through the American Advertising Awards Online Entry and Judging portal.

NEW FOR 2020: All entries and judging will be done online. There will not be a take-in day or physical entries required. (This also applies to district and national judging for winners.)

Entries can be submitted online beginning Nov. 30.

  • The deadline for professional entries is Friday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m.
  • The deadline for student entries is Friday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.


Professional rules and categories (downloads PDF)
Student rules and categories (downloads PDF)

More resources, including a how-to guide, can be found here



  • Professional Single: $90 (Member) / $125 (Non-member)
  • Professional Campaign Entry: $100 (Members) / $135 (Non-members)
  • Student Entry: $25



AAF Roanoke is hosting a series of webinars to help you get ready to submit entries and understand changes to the rules this year. Each session will last about 30 minutes and include a short presentation and Q&A. Professionals and students are encouraged to attend.

  • Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.: Understanding awards categories
  • Dec. 2 at 10 a.m.: Awards dates and deadlines + special awards information
  • Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.: Showcase of past winners
  • Dec. 30 at 10 a.m.: Gala information


About the Western Virginia Advertising Awards

The annual competition recognizes exceptional professional and student advertising created in Southwest Virginia. The American Advertising Awards honor advertising excellence in all media including online, non-traditional, print, broadcast, and out-of- home. It is the first level of a three-level national competition that is the advertising industry’s largest.

Work winning awards at the local level is then eligible to compete in the second level of competition, the District 3 American Advertising Awards, conducted in April. District winners are then eligible for entry in the National American Advertising Awards. National winners are honored at the American Advertising Awards celebration during the American Advertising Federation’s ADMERICA.

The local competition is sponsored by AAF Roanoke, a member association comprised of advertising and media professionals. Proceeds from the American Advertising Awards help support AAF Roanoke’s educational programs, public service projects, and proactive government relations efforts.