With the ClearMark Awards, the Center for Plain Language sets a high standard for clarity and simplicity in the documents created by North American companies, governments and organizations.
Along with rewarding the best entries, we provide useful feedback to all submitters that helps them rework and improve their content. And to celebrate the Award winners, we host a big party every May that brings together some of North America’s greatest plain-language champions.
The Center has held the ClearMark Awards since 2010. Previous winners include:
- American Bar Association
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
We give awards in five categories:
- Original Documents
- Legal Documents
In each category, we award a winner for the best long (more than five pages) and short entries.
Please review our judging criteria for more information about how we review and rate each submission.
Ready to submit?
Our 2018 Awards will be open for submissions on Jan. 1-31, 2018. Our submissions page has all the information you’ll need to help you prepare.