ClearMark Award for Plain Language

The Center for Plain Language just announced its first annual plain language awards.

Nominations are due Feb. 15. It’s a simple form to fill out, and this year there is no entry fee.

The Center is calling its award for good plain language and design the ClearMark Award.

There will also be an award for confusing language, called the WonderMark Award. We wonder what they meant by that . . .

We’d like submissions from anyone who has worked on, read, or knows of outstandingly good or unclear language use in government (any level), nonprofits, and corporate America. For the WonderMarkAward, we are especially interested in humorous examples or examples that you know caused someone harm because of a lack of clarity.

We already have started receiving submissions, so send yours in now!

The Center will present the awards at the first ClearMark Awards ceremony at the National Press Club, Thursday evening, April 29.

We will feature a plain language entertainer (it’s so easy to make comedy out of gobbledygook), so please join us for an evening of satiric fun. A link to purchase tickets will go up on the website soon.

Contact us if you have any questions:

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Printed April 17, 2014


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