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Time for business and government to showcase plain work

The 2013 Plain English Awards — time for business and government to showcase their plainest work

30 May 2013

It’s time to honour the organisations and people who are making the world a better place by banishing jargon and gobbledygook.

If you've got a document or website you're proud of, or even an awful sentence you've transformed, you've got an entry in the 2013 WriteMark Plain English Awards. And there’s a category for honouring organisations or teams that are amazing advocates for clarity.

Anyone can be involved by nominating a document or website in one of the two People’s Choice categories. The People’s Choice Best Plain English Communication Award recognises a document or website that is an outstanding example of plain English. And the People’s Choice Worst ‘Brainstrain’ Communication Award reveals, in good humour, the document or website most notable for confusing and dumbfounding its reader.

The Award categories are:

Plain English Champion
• Best Organisation
• Best Individual or Team

Best Plain English Document
• Public Sector
• Private Sector

Best Plain English Website
• Public Sector
• Private Sector

Best Plain English Sentence Transformation

Best Plain English Technical Communicator

Best Plain English Investor Document

People’s Choice
• Best Plain English Communication
• Worst ‘Brainstrain’ Communication

Best Plain English Turnaround

Entries open next week on 1 July and close on Friday, 20 September. Winners will be announced in November. Entries will be assessed by an international panel of plain English experts and advocates.

For more information, or to enter online, visit


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