Many organizations give awards for their writing. We've chosen a few examples from the public and private sectors to show you their variety. If you know of another important award we should have on the list, write to us.
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Joe Kimble is chair of the Outreach Committee for the Legal Writing Institute's Golden Pen Award. This award recognizes people who significantly advance the cause of better legal writing.
The Burton Awards are also for legal writing. They go to partners in law firms and to law-school students who use plain language and avoid archaic, stilted legalese. This foundation works in association with the Library of Congress. Past speakers have included Tim Russert, Tom Brokaw, and Paula Zahn.
Vice President Al Gore announced the No-Gobbledygook Award at the 1998 National Small Business Awards Program. The award recognizes federal employees who use plain language in innovative ways. Here you can see before–and–after examples of several of those awards. Read Gore's announcement speech, which features several before-and-after examples.
National Institute of Health Awards
The Plain Language Initiative requires the use of plain language in all new documents written for the public, other government groups, and fellow workers. The National Institute of Health Awards recognize employees whose writing is clear and to the point.