The Roses Creative Awards strive to find the hidden gems in advertising, design and digital. We celebrate exceptional creative talent providing a platform to shine outside of London. Big or small, old or new, anyone can enter as long as their office is based outside of the M25. 


The Roses Creative Awards are the marriage of Roses Design Awards and Roses Advertising Awards, which were merged in 2012. This enabled the Drum to encapsulate design, advertising and digital in order to bring the best agencies together to compete on a broader scale.

Each year agencies battle it out over a diverse range of categories and compete for a Gold, Silver or Bronze accolade.


Who can enter?

Anyone producing great creative work provided your headquarters or your clients headquarters are based in the UK or Ireland but outside London’s M25.

Including: Advertising Agencies, Design Consultancies, Digital Agencies, Creative Agencies, Direct Mail Companies, Production Companies, Marketing Agencies, PR Consultancies, In-house Creative Teams, In-house Marketing Teams, Media Buying Agencies, Freelancers etc.

What is eligible?

Material entered must have been published, displayed, broadcast or mailed between 9 February 2018 and 20 February 2019.

Work that was previously entered in the Roses Creative Awards is not eligible. 


Check out our archives for previous winning work!

Why enter?

Picking up an award proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives teams and individuals the energy to keep pushing boundaries for another year.

Relationship building
It’s good to be reminded of why you work with great partners. Having the collaboration recognised by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you all come along to the awards night to celebrate and pick up the trophy together.

If you’re picking up awards, you can also pick up the interest of new talent. You can expect smart people to be knocking at your door to see if you have a desk for them.

There’s no better way of getting publicity than for being excellent. The Drum covers the winners of the awards online and in print. With over 1 million unique visitors and over 200,000 social followers, that’s no small deal. We recommend that you use an award win for further PR opportunities too. If you achieve something this special, you really should make a noise about it and bang your own drum.

Knees up
Of course, what some might consider the most important part, is the awards show and our award shows are legendary. They’re a great opportunity to reward your staff and let your hair down.

Business development
Your customers and peers are always on the look-out for examples of best practice, the best work and the best people. A few extra trophies will give you a real advantage when you’re growing your business.

How much does it cost to enter?

First entry: £175 + VAT
Additional entry: £99 + VAT

Members of The Drum Network receive a 10% discount off the entry fee

You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.

How do I enter?

Download the Entry Pack.

  • Register and create an account OR log into an existing account (from previous entries)
  • Decide what categories you are going to enter, you may enter as many categories as you like but each must be treated as a separate entry and payment must be made for each.
  • To add an entry, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page and choose ‘My companies’ from the drop down. On the next page, choose or add the company you would like to enter on behalf of and then click ‘Add an Entry’ from the option.
  • Add a short description of no more than 60 words as an overview of the project. In the event your entry is nominated, this text will be used on the website to give insight into the project.
  • With each entry as well as your 60 word summary for the website it is advised to write a short 100-300 word summary/rationale to explain the basic thought process behind your entry. You will not be judged on this. Often judges ask for more details about certain entries and this ensures they have that information to hand. This should be converted to pdf and uploaded in the 'entry report' section.
  • Upload hi-res images of your work (this is important as these images are shown online and during the show if nominated) and any supporting YouTube or Vimeo video URLs. 
    Please note: At least one image must be uploaded (file limit 10MB. Accept jpg, gif or png files). The first image will be used in listings of entries and on the night of the ceremony in the presentation. Video URLs should be unlisted or password protected, private video links are not supported.

  • Once you have uploaded all of your entries, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page, chose ‘My Companies’ again from the drop down, chose the company whose entries you wish to pay for. add all to your basket and proceed with payment from there.

  • Once payment is processed you will be sent a confirmation email and a receipt will be sent to your accounts department.

  • If you would like to make any changes to your entry, please do so before you submit as changes cannot be made after this stage.

  • All entries must be made by the deadline on Friday 9th February 2018. 
    Please note: You will only receive the second entry rate discount if you enter all your submissions at once. Otherwise you will be charged the full amount each time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are all complete


Entries must be submitted and paid online once this has been done you must supply your work in the following formats.
All hard copies must include an individual entry form attached to each entry. The entry form can be found at the back of your entry pack.

Please submit mounted artwork OR physical products.
Mounted artwork: Maximum board size A2 – maximum 2 boards
Physical products: Please send in any physical products for judging such as packaging, books etc.
Please note: Products will not be returned.

Upload your file to Sound Cloud (if you haven’t done so already) and copy the embedded code into the box provided.
Please upload your script as pdf on the online form.

Mounted artwork is not required.
Upload the YouTube embedded code on the website with your entry plus 3 screen grabs/stills.


Supply as above depending on the format of the entry. 

Please post to:
Laura Gregson
The Drum Roses Creative Awards
4th Floor, Mercat Building
26 Gallowgate
G1 5AB

Entry rules

Category rules

1. A campaign is made up of three or more entries except a television campaign which is made up of two entries.

2. Only entries with a minimum media spend of £3000 will be accepted. Adverts not meeting the criteria may enter; ‘Low Budget’ or ‘Charity Ad'. The only exceptions to this are adverts carried out as a ‘one-off’ for a major client, which may be entered into any category as appropriate.

3. Best charity advertisement can be of any advertising or direct marketing discipline.

4. These categories will only accept single entries (adverts) not campaigns as a whole. If you want to enter multiple adverts into these categories, you will need to pay for the individually.

5. Integrated Campaign is made up of 3 entries; above the line, 1. Digital and 1 other of any discipline.

6. Maximum spend of £3000.


General rules


  • All entries must be supplied in the format stated in the “How to Enter” section.
  • The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries into other categories where they feel necessary. The judges also reserve the right to remove categories that aren’t strong enough to have work nominated. These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly with the rest.
  • The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication/exhibition in relation to the awards.
  • No feedback will be given relating to individual entries.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • If you do not abide by the rules, which results in a cost to the organisers, then the submitting company is liable for costs.
  • Each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment must be made for each.
  • Entering work is at your own risk – entries will not be returned. Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of entries, the organisers will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of entries.
  • All entries submitted should conform to the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified.



Entry Conditions

  • Once entries are submitted, they will go forward for judging and cannot be amended.
  • Entries must be paid before the judging date. Entries not paid for will be taken out the judging process and therefore, the awards.
  • After judging, entries cannot be withdrawn and refunds cannot be given.

Private media / entry report

With each entry as well as your 60 word summary for the website it is advised to write a short 100-300 word summary/rationale to explain the basic thought process behind your entry.

You will not be judged on this. Often judges ask for more details about certain entries and this ensures they have that information to hand. 

What to include:

- Purpose - The client and what element of their campaign it was for

- Budget 

- Method of output - Where it was displayed

- Results - Any increases it generated for the client 

This should be converted to pdf and uploaded in the 'Private Media' section.

NOTE: this is not essential

Where should we post our entries to?

If you need to submit any items to us via post. Please complete the entry form which can be found in the entry pack and send it with your work to:

Laura Gregson
The Drum Roses Awards
4th Floor, Mercat Building
26 Gallowgate 
G1 5AB

How will my entry be judged?

After the entry deadline the judging panel will be given access to review online entries prior to the judging.
We then gather together for 2 days of judging in March. Judges spend time reviewing the physical and digital entries as a group and decide amongst them who wins the awards.

Tips for entering

  • Give each entry a unique title to grab the judges interest - try to avoid generic names.
  • When writing your summary don’t assume the judges have seen the work or campaign, always try and paint a clear picture of the idea behind the creative.
  • If not commercially necessary please do not add additional password protection.
  • Please include usernames and passwords, if required, for the judging.

The Awards Ceremony 2019

Join the best in regional creativity on Wednesday 15 May to celebrate and reward your success over the past year.

Event Details

Date:  Wednesday 15 May 2019
Venue:  Hilton Manchester Deansgate​
Time: 6.45pm

Included in a ticket is:

  • Entrance to the awards

  • Sparkling drinks reception

  • 3 course dinner 

  • Entertainment

  • The opportunity to catch up/network with colleagues and friends