Adam Latham, C’03, is the 2018 winner of the Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize for outstanding short fiction. His story, “The Lizard Man,” published in the Fall 2016 issue of the online journal Blackbird, was selected by the editors among fiction published in the journal over the previous two-year period.
Latham is the associate director of marketing & admission for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He will receive the award at Virginia Commonwealth University and give a reading from his prize-winning work, in conjunction with a reading by the well-known short fiction writer, poet, and essayist David Jauss.
“Latham’s story features clear, poignant prose that weaves together encounters with both grief and the supernatural in the hunt for an apocryphal monster that is also a search for relief and absolution from an unbearable guilt,” said the editors in announcing the award. “The Lizard Man monster, referred to in the title and story, actually arises from legendary accounts of a reptilian humanoid lurking in and around the woods of Lee County, South Carolina.”
Read “The Lizard Man,” by Adam Latham, here.