Published Works



The Windy Season. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. 2016 [Novel]

“Stark.” The Australian Review of Books. Ed. Laurie Stead. 2015 [Short Fiction]

“Deeper Water.” The Kid and the Karaoke Stage. Ed. Georgia Richter. Fremantle Press, 2012 [Short Fiction]

“The Windy Season.” Sitelines. Curtin University. 2009 [Short Fiction]



“Of Monsters and Men.” Griffith Review. 56 (2017) [Essay]

“The Swimming Speed of Sharks and Other Lessons.” Griffith Review. 47 (2015): 139-148. [Essay]

“A Surfer’s Defence of The Great White Shark.” The Drum. ABC. 3 Jan. 2014 [Essay]

“The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The Blurb. 2009 [Feature Article]

“High Tide.” Grok Magazine. Curtin University. 2009 [Feature Article]



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



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. 24 September 2016


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. 5 August 2016.


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.9 September 2016.


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, (New Zealand). 1 September 2016.


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 The Natural Way of Things

© 2016 Sam Carmody