Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Win a Plain Language Award - Apply by January 31

Posted by: Dave Hebert, Jan. 16, 2013

Plain language — it means communicating clearly to the audience you intend to communicate with.

Are you a Fed who did a great job of just that during the past year? Then it's time to put your work (and your entry fee) where your mouth is in the 2013 ClearMark awards.

Award Nominations Due January 31

The ClearMark awards, given by the non-profit Center for Plain Language, "celebrate the best in clear communication and plain language from government, non-profits, and private companies." Simply put, this is what government communication should be.

The nomination form is online, and the deadline is January 31, so act quickly! Applicants should consider this an opportunity to demonstrate the viability, clarity, and lucidity of Federally appropriated outreach activities and responsibilities. This is your chance to prove that Feds can put a message right on target.

Learn More about Plain Language

The National Center for Education Statistics won the grand prize last year with their National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Tools on the Web. See what they did right. You can also read more about best practices at, the Federal Government's site for training, tips, tools, and information about the plain language law.

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