Prize-winning Author

Philip Salom

Philip Salom is a contemporary Australian poet and novelist whose books have attracted widespread acclaim. He has published nineteen books – fourteen collections of poetry and five novels – notable for their originality and expansiveness and for surprising differences from title to title.

Salom’s most recent novel THE FIFTH SEASON is published by Transit Lounge. His next novel SWEENEY AND THE BICYCLES will be published in 2022.

Philip Salom Author
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Philip Salom has won the Outstanding Achievement Award of the 4th Boao International Poetry Award, a major award for lifetime achievements in Poetry.   
The award ceremony was held at the Boao Asian Forum, Hainan, China in November 2021.

Recent Books

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The Fifth Season

Set in a small coastal town, The Fifth Season is a haunting and intriguing tale about a writer who is pre-occupied with the phenomenon of found people, a mural artist with a missing sister, and an old book that bears a striking resemblance to real life events…

The Fifth Season was longlisted for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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The Returns

The Returns is a story about the eccentricities, failings and small triumphs that humans are capable of, a novel that pokes fun at literary and artistic pretensions, while celebrating the expansiveness of art, kindness and friendship. 

The Returns was a finalist in the 2020 Miles Franklin Award

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Waiting is a story of two odd couples in prose as marvellously idiosyncratic as its characters. 

Waiting was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction.


There is no greater honour than to be genuinely marginal, out of the way, not part of a powerful institution, your own person, alive

– Caryl Emerson, writer and critic