If you’re wondering how we judge the success of plain language, here you go. This page includes both the criteria we use when judging the ClearMarks Awards and the scoring scale we use to score each dimension of the criteria. Understanding audience needs Is it clear what the audiences should learn or do using this entry? […]
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Join us on May 8, 2018 for the ninth annual ClearMark Awards at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Be part of this memorable and celebratory night as we recognize the best plain language throughout North America. Along with rewarding the best entries, we provide useful feedback to all submitters that helps them rework and […]
ClearMarks – This is how we recognize the best English and Spanish plain language content. With the ClearMark Awards, the Center sets a high standard for clarity and simplicity in the materials created by North American companies, governments and organizations. WTF Awards -The WTF Awards draw attention to “Work That Failed” to communicate clearly. […]
I’ll never forget my first ClearMark Awards.
My business partner, Deanna, and I had travelled to D.C. to attend the 2012 Clarity Conference and decided to stay for the Awards. As writers and clarity experts, we looked forward to learning more and seeing the best new work coming out of the plain language world. But after attending countless conferences and awards ceremonies, I had modest expectations.
You attended the 2015 ClearMark awards at the National Press Club? That’s great!
What – You didn’t get there this year? Oh, no! Look at what you missed.
Here’s an opportunity to spend a wonderful evening with other plain language advocates and practitioners. Each year, the Center for Plain Language gives the ClearMark Award to print and online information that is easy for the public to understand and use.