You may be wondering who’s behind all this.
To the left we see what Tarl Roger Kudrick, co-publisher and chief editor of On The Premises magazine, looks like while resting on a stone wall. On The Premises is Tarl’s fault.
When he was young, Tarl had two pieces of fiction accepted for publication, one of which never got published because the magazine went under. Now he’s at it again. He has sold fiction to Chizine, Noneuclidean Cafe, The Town Drunk, Anotherealm, AlienSkin, New Jersey Devil Press, and at least one place where the links no longer work.
In his day job, Tarl’s a PhD-holding organizational performance consultant for the Federal government. And yes, he’s the same guy who designed the “Blades of Exile” scenarios Tatterdemalion (first-prize award winner!) and Islands of the Wheel, just in case you’re one of the small-and-rapidly-shrinking number of people on Earth who knows what that means. (Why Tarl is so enamored of this one particular past success of his is beyond him. Someday he’ll stop talking about it, honest.)
Bethany Granger is our other co-publisher. She contributes to overall editing and story critiquing, and comes up with about half the contest premises. She hates being photographed. During the day, she’s a writer and editor for a multinational engineering firm. She’s also an avid and well-educated reader who loves helping people write better, even though she (currently) has little interest in writing fiction of her own.
Blanche Kapustin is a freelance editor for the Chronicle Newspapers, Marlborough Publishing, and the National Guard Bureau. She has published over 200 articles since early 2004, including some that she ghostwrote. Her recent highlights include mentoring two 11-year-old budding journalists, writing seven chapters for a client’s book, and accepting an invitation to speak on the history of Jamestown after completing a series of articles for Jamestown’s 400th anniversary. Blanche also participates in several writers’ groups, gardens, cooks, and tries very hard to learn Russian.
In the 1980’s, Matt Howarth drew music reviews in the form of comic strips for Heavy Metal magazine. Since then he’s written several independent comic book series including Savage Henry, Those Annoying Post Bros., and Tarl’s personal favorite, the sci-fi adventures of the xeno-psychologist Kief Llama. He’s written scripts for DC Comics, provided illustrations for novels by Philip K. Dick and the 1984 version of the Dune Encyclopedia... really, he’s done more than we have space to say. Check out his on-line mall if you want to buy his stuff. (Start with Kief Llama. I did.)
And last but not least...
From time to time we’ll enlist the help of amateur readers we know to assist our professionals when we choose winning stories. Why? Because we want to publish fiction that can be enjoyed by a wide range of readers, from the MFA-holding professional to the avid but untrained reader. We are discriminating, but we are not snobs.