The Convenors’ Award for Excellence is awarded at the discretion of the convenors for a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas in that year that cannot otherwise by judged for the Aurealis Awards.
This award can be given to a work of non-fiction, artwork, film, television, electronic or multimedia work, or one that brings credit or attention to the speculative fiction genres.
The award was originally known as the Convenors’ Award for Excellence and was renamed in 2002 after Peter McNamara (d 2004), publisher, editor and the original Aurealis Awards convenor, shortly after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. In 2014, the award guidelines were revised and it was renamed to its original form to avoid confusion with the Peter McNamara Achievement Award presented annually at the National Science Fiction convention.
Entries for the Convenors’ Award for Excellence must be submitted to the Aurealis Awards co-ordinator using the entry form provided by midnight EST, 31 December 2015.