The Plain English Awards are a public pat on the back for plain English champions.

They help raise the bar for clear communication. Each year organisations and members of the public are invited to submit documents and websites that they think are outstanding examples of plain English — or examples of gobbledygook. Independent panels of plain English experts and advocates judge the entries and decide the finalists and winners in each category. The Awards are organised by the WriteMark Plain English Awards Trust and aim to improve government and business documents so that all New Zealanders can understand them; raise public awareness of the need for, and benefits of, plain English; create a public preference for organisations that choose to communicate in plain English.