Each year to coincide with plain English day, we present awards for the best and worst examples of English. The main awards recognise organisations and individuals who have genuinely made an effort to present themselves using clear and concise English. The infamous 'Golden Bull' and 'Foot in Mouth' awards inject a sense of mischief into the proceedings. All the award winners can expect to receive media coverage.
You can nominate your own company's documents or those of another company for the awards by sending us a hard copy by post.
We would ask for nominations for all categories to be submitted, either by post or email, by 1 November.
More on entry details for award nominations.
Documents and websites that we have worked on or edited are not eligible for the awards, for obvious reasons.
The awards are not connected in any way to our Crystal Mark scheme.
Our awards include:
- Foot in Mouth award (for baffling quotes by public figures)
- Golden Bull awards (for the worst examples of written tripe)
- Kick in the pants (draws attention to companies or organisations who need to communicate in plainer English)
- Media awards (radio, television and newspapers)
- Osborne Memorial award (for a major contribution to the plain English cause)
- Pat on the back (celebrates efforts to communicate clearly)
- Plain English awards (open category)
- Plain English communicators (for clear spoken public communications from an individual or organisation)
- Web award (for clear and usable websites)
- 2016 Awards
- 2015 Awards
- 2014 Awards
- 2013 Awards
- 2012 Awards
- 2011 Awards
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