Plain English Awards

celebrate New Zealand's clearest communicators

Best Plain English Turnaround

This award recognises the best plain English rewrite of a document or website that was originally difficult to read. We particularly encourage people to enter documents and websites that were finalists for ‘Brainstrain’ awards in past years.

Entry form

Entries in this category cost $125+GST ($65+GST for registered charities). This fee contributes towards the Trust’s administration costs.


What you need to know

Entries must:

  • include both the original document or webpage and the rewrite
  • be submitted by the organisation the document or webpage belongs to.

Entries should be whole documents or webpages, rather than extracts. The rewritten document or webpage should be in current use.

The independent judging panel will be solely responsible for selecting the finalists and winner.


Prizes for this award

The winner of the Best Plain English Turnaround award will receive:

  • a stunning steel and bronze trophy produced for the Awards by Wellington sculptor Campbell Maud
  • the latest StyleWriter plain English editing software — single-user licence (from Editor Software)
  • a place on any of Write Limited’s 1-day public workshops.

Entry form

Please email enquiries@plainenglishawards.org.nz if you have any questions.