The list of finalists for the 2015 Plain English Awards is out. Judges had 140 entries to read through, and a hard job choosing between them. Any individual or organisation that made the finalist list should be very proud to be there.
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2015 is the tenth year of the WriteMark Plain English Awards. The Awards celebrate clear, concise documents and websites – and the people and organisations who create them.
Consumer NZ is sponsoring the two People's Choice Awards - Best Plain English Communication and Worst "Brainstrain" Communication. You can check out the websites and documents that are finalists for these two awards further down this page.
This year’s entries demonstrate the ever-increasing commitment to plain English in New Zealand. More and more businesses and government departments are beginning to understand the benefits of communicating well. Clear writing shows respect for audiences and readers, and builds goodwill. It also helps organisations save both time and money.
“Writing information in plain English makes clients happy and helps your bottom line. More than that, it helps people understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and consumers,” says Gregory Fortuin, Chair of the WriteMark Plain English Awards Trust.
This year, we’ve been pleased to see entries from people and organisations who’ve never entered before. We’ve also seen some organisations become finalists in multiple categories. This shows a real commitment to clear communication.
As ever, the public has been keen to get involved. We’ve received plenty of nominations for both the Best Plain English Communication and the Worst “Brainstrain” Communication.
First prize in the premier Champion category of the Awards is $10,000 worth of plain English consultancy from sponsor Write Limited. Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in Wellington on Thursday, 19 November. The finalists are:
Plain English Champion — Best Organisation
Plain English Champion — Best Individual or Team
Plain English Champion — Best Project
Best Plain English Document — Public Sector / Non-Government Organisation (NGO)
Best Plain English Document — Private Sector
Best Plain English Website — Public Sector / Non-Government Organisation (NGO)
Best Plain English Website — Private Sector
Best Plain English Sentence Transformation
Best Plain English Technical Communicator
Best Plain English Annual Report
Best Plain English Legal Document
Best Plain English Turnaround
People’s Choice — Best Plain English Communication
People’s Choice — Worst “Brainstrain” Communication