Plain English Awards

celebrate New Zealand's clearest communicators

The Plain English Awards
The Plain English Awards

The Plain English Awards are a public pat on the back for plain English champions and help to raise the bar for clear communication.

The Plain English Awards in 2017

Entries are now open for this year’s Plain English Awards, and we plan to hold the Awards ceremony on 23 November. Entries close at 6pm on 31 August.

View category information and enter here

Please get in touch if you can offer support as a sponsor. We rely on sponsorship to manage and promote the Awards and to run the presentation ceremony. Let’s all get behind the Awards to make them happen again this year!

The $125 entry fee covers basic administration costs.

We’re looking forward to receiving your entries. And thanks for supporting clear communication in New Zealand!


Enter the People’s Choice awards here

Check out the 2016 Awards winners here

Get involved with our People’s Choice awards

Best Award

Best Plain English Communication award honours the most outstanding example of a plain English document or web page nominated by a member of the public

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Worst 'Brainstrain' Communication award reveals, in good humour, the document or website most notable for confusing and dumbfounding its target audience

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You beauties

Congratulations to our 2016 plain English heroes

People's Choice — Worst 'Brainstrain' Communication

Winner: Parliamentary Service — Business Process Coordinator job description