New this year! Regional Pollie Awards for local and state campaigns!
This year, local and state level (non-Federal) campaigns get extra love at the Pollies! Enter the Regional Division to compete for twice the recognition at half the price! Winners at the regional level (based on where your campaign was waged) will advance to the finals to compete against other regional campaigns. The ultimate winners will be awarded a national Pollie Award at the 2021 Pollies! For more info click here.
Why Enter the 2021 Pollies
Hosted by the only bipartisan, nonprofit organization for political professionals, the Pollie Awards set the standard for excellence in the political communications and public affairs industries. Over 250 judges—all fellow campaign pros—evaluate entries based on creativity, production value and most importantly, political effectiveness. And only the Pollie Awards hold entries to the highest ethical standards. If you want to stand out from the crowd, enter the Pollie Awards today!
AAPC membership is not required to submit an entry; however, AAPC members receive HIGHLY discounted entry fees. Not a member? Click here to join! or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 245-8020.
WHAT WINNERS HAVE SAID
ABOUT THE POLLIE AWARDS
Film has the Oscars. Music has the Grammys. In politics, our biggest night is the Pollies, and [it] is our highest honor.2015 Pollie Winner
Dean Nielsen, Cerillion N4 Partners
With so many political campaigns and organizations each year, it can often be hard to cut through the clutter and be recognized, especially if you don’t have existing connections. The Pollie Awards allow your work to succeed on its own merits and, should it be deemed worthy, recognized regardless of contacts, name recognition, or media attention.2020 Pollie Winner
Loren Merchan, Authentic Campaigns
The Pollie Contest is where the rubber meets the road. There is a lot of great talent out there. The Pollie contest is the great equalizer and a fantastic networking opportunity.2019 Pollie Entrant
Dalton Temple, Hill City Strategies
The Pollie Awards give an opportunity for prospective clients to know that our work is respected on a national level.2016 Pollie Winner
Amile Wilson, Hapax Creative Strategies
The Pollie Awards is the only political ad competition our firm will enter. For decades now, it's set the standard for excellence.2019 Pollie Winner
Mark Putnam, Putnam Partners
We Are The Fairest of Them All
AAPC takes significant steps to ensure fairness in the judging process, including blind judging (firm names cannot be visible), random assignment of judges (no gaming the pool), and equal representation by party affiliation (Republicans and Democrats in equal proportion). We have also increased required judge qualifications. Pulling from a judge pool of more than 250 also minimizes the insider bias that is present in some awards programs.
Each entry is scored against its own campaign’s goals and budget — how effectively (and measurably) did a piece meet its objective? Creativity and production value are taken into proper account, but political effectiveness is primary (worth 50% of the score).
In short, the Pollies are not a “popularity contest,” but a reflection of the most politically effective, persuasive and creative work of the cycle.
The judging period will take place from Monday, February 15, 2021 through Monday, March 8, 2021.
Annual Pollie Awards
The 2021 Pollie Awards Contest opens December 10, 2020 and closes February 8, 2021.
Early Bird Deadline
Early bird pricing: December 10, 2020 - January 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
The early bird discount does not apply to Student entries.
Regular Entry Deadline
Regular Entry Pricing: January 16, 2021 - February 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Late Entry Pricing: February 6, 2021 - February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Recognizing the best and brightest young political consulting/public affairs professionals in the U.S.
AAPC's 40 under 40 Awards program recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who are in the political consulting/public affairs profession and contribute to the advancement of the industry. The AAPC is looking for the top 40 professionals whose achievements in political consulting/public affairs deserve to be singled out for excellence early on in their careers and whose conduct is consistent with AAPC's professional code of ethics.
Honoring excellence in campaign strategy and management
The Campaign Excellence Awards are a longstanding tradition of the AAPC and recognize those individuals who have significantly contributed to the success of a candidate or public affairs campaign and whose conduct has been consistent with the Professional Code of Ethics of the AAPC.