The Chip Shop Awards celebrate pure, unadulterated creativity. It's a platform where anything and everything is allowed, an awards with no rules and no boundaries meaning the possibilities are endless!

Got a great campaign idea for a product that doesn't yet exist? Enter it. Think you could improve an existing advert? Go for it. Got a concept for a brand you’d love to work for in the future? We want to see it. Whatever you're capable of, don't hold back. 

ENTRY DEADLINE - Monday 12 March 
AWARDS CEREMONY - Wednesday 13 June 

History of the Awards

Back in the 80s, two young Manchester creatives were desperate to establish their reputation as serious ideas people. But you can't win awards without clients.

Then they hit on the idea of offering a s**t hot campaign to a local business for free, and as a result they were able to enter their work in D&AD, The Roses and the Campaign Awards. They walked away with more trophies than you could shake a stick at - and never looked back.  

That local business was Barnacles' Fish and Chip Shop and thanks to the collaboration, one of those creatives founded a hugely successful independent agency which they recently sold to an international network.

Soon after, these awards cottened on to this type of 'free' work for non paying clients and it became known as 'Chip Shop work'. 

Just goes to show how far a little imagination and innovation can take you. So fifteen years ago the Chip Shop Awards were born - named after the spirit of their enterprise, and it's proved increasingly popular ever since.

Read more here. 

Why Enter?

  • To win a coveted ‘Chip’ Award and raise your profile in the industry
  • To compete on an international scale
  • To be rewarded for pure creativity
  • To get your work in front of The Drum’s global audience
  • To get your work in front of our esteemed judging panel

Who's judging my entry?

The 2018 jury are creative heavyweights from across the world. Which means your idea will not only be taken seriously, but also evaluated professionally.

Judges will be announced on the lead up to the deadline - check here reguarly for the latest and check out who you need to impress. 

What should I include in my entry?

What you submit will depend entirely on your idea and the category of your choice but here is the basics required:

  • Leading image (JPEG max size 10mb) - This will be used on the website and in the show in the event of a nomination, commendation or a win - Make sure its the best one! (you may upload additional images to support your entry).
  • 100 word summary -  Tell us more about your idea, if it doesn't need an explanation just exclaim your greatness? - This will be live on the website in the even of a nomination, commendation or a win.
  • Optional - You may submit additional images, links or videos to support your entry in the fields provided. Please note all videos must be hosted via Vimeo or YouTube and uploaded using the sharable link.

Any questions? 

We are here to help! - get in touch with



Entry fees

Entry Entry: £99 (+ UK VAT)
Additional Entries:  £65 (+ UK VAT)
Freelance & Students: 40% discount on each entry

PLEASE NOTE: You will only receive the 2nd 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.

Students and freelancers contact to process discount.

When are the finalists announced?

The finalists will be announced on the website on Monday 23 April 2018 at 3pm (GMT).

All entrants will be notified when the announcement has been made and nominees will receive a congratulatory email.

How do I know if I have won and what do I win?

The winners of the 2018 Chip Shop Awards will be announced at the Awards ceremony in June at Electric Brixton, London. 

Join us for the most entertaining awards show in the industry with no need for a bow tie or ballgown. 

Your ticket includes: cracking entertainment, a chance to see all of the nominated work, mingle with some very cool folk, and the opportunity to chance to pick up any awards wins in person. But the best bit? of course you get a bag of chips!

Those lucky Award winners will pick up a coveted chip trophy which looks great in any display cabinet or on your mantelpiece next to last week’s flowers and the picture of your Gran.

Highly Commended entrants will bag their very own vinegar trophy. Haven't you always wanted a bottle of Sarsons with your name on it? not only does this come with bragging rights but its handy if your chips need a little extra...

And this year we are giving away £1,000 to emerging talent with the Barnacles Award. The winner will be annouced at the awards.

Date: June 2018
Venue: Electric Brixton
Time: 6.30pm – late
Dress code: Something cool. Or not cool. Whatever your preference.


It should be assumed The Chip Shop Award entries do not reflect the views, policies or strategies of any organisation living or dead.
In fact it has mostly been created without the knowledge of those the work purports to either promote or parody.

The small print


  • Material entered need not necessarily have been published, displayed, broadcast or mailed.
  • Material entered need not necessarily be for your own client.
  • Creatives need not hold the intellectual property rights to the brands they intend to enter.
  • The work need not be honest or decent but should as far as possible be legal.
  • Entries need not be finished to normal printing or broadcasting standards.


  • All entries must be received Monday 12 March 2018
  • Entries can be submitted in all languages on the basis that subtitles, dubbing or a form of translation into the English language is provided, except where no detailed understanding of the written word is important and where the product is recognisable.


  • The judges’ decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into regarding entries


  • The judges will reserve the right to reallocate entries that in their view are incorrectly entered.
  • The organisers will reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication/exhibition in relation to the awards.
  • Work entered on the website will be used for judging.
  • Nominated entrants will be contacted after the judging for high res images if required.
  • Carnyx Group Ltd will take responsibility for intellectual property issues in the event the work is to be published.

Awards ceremony

The results will be annouced and chips handed out at the awards do in June. So come along and join us for some organised fun and  pick up any wins in person. 
Not only is this event a must for anyone entering but its a real hot spot for talent!

Date: Friday 13 June 2018 
Venue: Electric Brixton, London 
Time: 6.30pm 
Dress code: Casual

Prices: £70 per ticket 
If buying 10 or more tickets a 15% discount will be automatically applied. 

Included in your ticket is:

- Entrance to the awards
- Arrival drink 
- A bite to eat 
- Entertainment
- The opportunity to network with colleague & friends