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Published Works


“Holddown”. Lines to the Horizon. Fremantle Press (2021) [Essay]
“The Shadowed Coast: Pastoral Masculinity in The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea.”
Randolph Stow: Collected Essays. 2021. [Essay] 
“A writer’s guide to diving deep and encountering shadows.” Arts Hub. 25 Oct. 2017 [Essay]
“Of Monsters and Men.”
Griffith Review. 56 (2017) [Essay]
The Windy Season. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. 2016 [Novel]
“The Swimming Speed of Sharks and Other Lessons.” Griffith Review. 47 (2015): 139-148. [Essay]
“Stark.” The Review of Australian Fiction. Ed. Laurie Stead. 2015 [Short Fiction]


Awards and Shortlists

2017 Winner, Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

2016 Longlisted, Australian Independent Bookseller Awards

2015 Winner, Griffith Review Varuna Residency

2014 Shortlisted, The Australian/Vogel’s Award

2011 Australian Postgraduate Award

2010 Winner, Mary Grant Bruce Award, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards



Literary Reviews

The dissection of masculinity, the understanding of the layers of caste and history that dominate outback life, the descriptions of working life at sea – all of this is conveyed with economy and precision and brings the world of the novel alive...The Windy Season is a very impressive achievement.

- Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap and Barracuda

More than any debut I’ve read this year, Sam Carmody’s The Windy Season feels like the arrival of a powerful new Australian voice.
- Corrine Hent, Courier Mail


The Windy Season is powered by a pulsating narrative that’s tensile and muscly in its depiction of a town and fishing culture drenched in alcohol, drugs and machismo, where violence bristles beneath the surface...Comparison with that other West Australian literary darling, Tim Winton, is unavoidable, but in terms of writing about the enchantment and danger of open water, and of the types of sharks in ocean and on land, Carmody can certainly hold his own.
- Thuy On, The Weekend Australian

The Windy Season is an insightful debut from an author whose fascination with the darker side of things is put to good use...Carmody has produced an impressive Australian narrative that satisfies its ambitions with confidence.
- Emma Young, Sydney Morning Herald

An extraordinary, visceral narrative of power and suspense...Carmody's talent as a writer is more than sufficient to create a book which insists on being read.
- David Herkt, Stuff

Sam Carmody is a real literary talent, with an artist’s inquiring mind and a natural feel for the beauty and toughness of language.

- Charlotte Wood, author of The Natural Way of Things

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