Thanks for your interest in the 2016 ClearMark Awards!

Each year, we proudly recognize the best in plain language from organizations throughout North America. We look forward to seeing your nomination.

The ClearMark Award nomination process includes three steps: 

  1. Create an account. You’ll be able to start now and finish later if you need to — just don't forget to submit!

  2. Complete the online nomination form. You'll need to complete this form online. As you're preparing, use this entry form worksheet to prepare your nomination and get preapproval from your public relations or legal departments, if necessary.

  3. Pay a processing and handling fee. To process your application, we charge the following fees: 

Members: $85
Public-Sector and Government organizations: $100
Non-members: $135 

We’re here to help! If you have trouble with your nomination, please email us, and we’ll promptly assist you.

Please review this information before you submit: 

Entry Form

Read over the 2016 Entry Form and prepare the information you’ll need to submit for each entry. Please note: You'll need to copy/paste your submission into the online form. If you're including graphics in your entry, please embed them in the word document and upload the completed word document, as well.

Judging Criteria

This year, we’re happy to again be featuring both English and Spanish awards. Learn more about our judging criteria in English and in Spanish.

Example Entry

See an Example Entry for the before-and-after category to better understand the nomination forms. 


Need more answers? Explore the most frequent ClearMark Questions and Answers for the 2016 entries and awards.


Check out this year's Q&A webinar on SlideShare to learn how to prepare your ClearMark Awards entry.

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