Plain Language Awards

Celebrate the stories of our clearest business communicators

Make a nomination for a People’s Choice award

Your chance to change the way
New Zealand communicates!

You can make a difference! Help us celebrate a really good document or webpage. Or let us know about a really bad one. Send in your nominations now.

The People’s Choice category has two awards:

Entries for this category are open all year round,  but the cut-off date for the 2023 Awards is 31 July.

Please email if you have any questions. 


Best Plain Language Communication

This award honours an outstanding example of a plain language document or webpage nominated by a member of the public.

Imagine a world where your insurance documents, legal contracts, application forms, and other important pieces of information are clear and easy to read. The more that we all speak up and demand plain language, the easier it is for everyone!

Read our blog on letting the People’s Choice be your voice

Have you read something lately that strained your brain? Nominate it!

What you need to know

The ideal entry for the Best Communication award is a publicly available or widely used document or webpage that gets its message across quickly and clearly, and is a pleasure to read.

Documents or webpages nominated in either of the People’s Choice categories must:

  • be whole documents or webpages, not extracts
  • be in current use for business purposes
  • be owned by an organisation that operates in New Zealand or Australia
  • not be owned by the organisation you work for
  • not be a book, or an extract from a book.

We promise to keep your personal details confidential. We won’t reveal anything about you to our judges or to the organisation that produced the communication you nominate.

Prizes for this award

The winner of the Best Communication award will be thrilled to win:

  • a stunning steel and bronze trophy produced for the Awards by Wellington sculptor Campbell Maud
  • the latest StyleWriter plain English editing software — single-user licence (from Editor Software)
  • a place on any of Write Limited’s 1-day open workshops (to be booked before 31 March 2024).

Entries to the 2023 Awards  close on 31 July.

Please email if you have any questions.