Here are some prompts to get you started
Why we’re inviting you to share your story
Below are suggestions for what you could include in your video.
Feel free to choose one of these suggestions as your inspiration, or to take your own unique approach.
Your entry might be about a team, an organisation, a document, a website, or sentence rewrite. Here are some questions that you can use as prompts for your content, answering one or all of the them. Or come up with your own questions.
Everyone’s lightbulb moment about plain language happens differently.
For some, a personal crisis helps them understand the importance of plain language. Others find themselves in a role where it’s a matter of life or death for customers to understand the information they’re given.
And for others, meeting plain language advocates helps them realise they could communicate in a different way. Everyone’s experience is unique, and that’s what we want to share.
Take as long as you need to tell your story, but in case a guideline is helpful, we suggest you aim for between 2 and 10 minutes long.
We’d love to see you and your team in the video. Feel free to record a casual video with your phone in a natural setting, or to go all out on production values. Interview or discussion-style videos can be really engaging, and are easy to set up. You’re welcome to share a slideshow with a voiceover, which you can easily record on Zoom or similar software.
Showing examples of your plain language project would be great if they’re ready to be shared. You could show photos, examples, props, and video clips to illustrate your story. Animations can be fun to create, and using free software like Canva will help you get great results.
You’ll upload your video and a thumbnail image for the front of your video. The gallery accepts all common video and image file types.
Most of all, we hope you’ll see this as an exciting opportunity and have fun creating your video.
Follow the link to Submittable below to upload your video and add a few details to let people know what your story is about. If you don’t have a Submittable account, it’s easy to make one. You’ll be able to use it later if you also want to enter the Awards.
When you upload your video, image, and information, you agree to allow the Plain English Awards to display your content on our gallery.
Go to our Submittable form to upload your video
View stories of plain language in our gallery
Questions? Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org