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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.

Audience at the 2007 Awards

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:

  • Covid Clarity award (for crystal-clear Covid information)
  • Foot in Mouth award (for baffling quotes by public figures)
  • Golden Bull awards (for the worst examples of written tripe)
  • Heroes and Villains (for those who have performed plain English heroics and for those that have done the opposite)
  • Media awards (radio, television and newspapers)
  • Plain English awards (open category)
  • Plain English Journalist/Writer (for the best news / information written-word communicator)
  • Web award (for clear and usable websites)
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