Garage Songs by Robert Rowe
Robert Rowe grew up with 7 brothers and sisters in Lexington, MA, where his Dad ran a Chevy dealership. Rowe attended high school in Rangeley, Maine, spending his free time hiking, playing guitar, and ski racing. He studied writing at U. Maine, Farmington with Wesley McNair, Bill Roorbach, and Ken Rosen. Later, Rowe studied songwriting and drama at UCLA. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UMASS, Amherst, studying with John Edgar Wideman, Noy Holland, James Tate, and Dara Wier. After college, he worked as a teacher, car salesman, musician, and dressman. In 2017, he co-founded the Rowe School of Writing. He lives in Natick, MA with his wife and three sons.
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Garage Songs is the story of the Brice Family. The year is 1983 and Galvin Brice is expanding his Chevy dealership in his quest to outwit his rival Skip Lee and sell the most cars in Merriam Hill, Massachusetts. His 18-year-old son, Donny “Donk” Brice is a golden boy. He’s a football player, guitarist, and freelance philosopher with opinions on everything. Can Donk learn his crossover steps and land a football scholarship, while figuring out the meaning of life? Meanwhile, his 16-year-old brother, Kuba “Spaz” Brice is hyperactive and insecure. He’s a practical joker who loves hiking, writing songs, and trying to impress Donk’s buddies. Can Kuba succeed in his quest to become “more loved” than Donk? Perhaps the most talented Brice is the 17-year-old sister Raina who sings in the school chorus and a local rock group. Can Raina navigate the unforgiving business of music and find success? Lastly, the mom, Marna Brice is an ex-beauty queen who’s trying to raise her children in a rapidly changing culture. Garage Songs mixes comic hilarity with philosophy and tragedy. The cast of supporting characters is memorable. The best friend Scott Pushkoff is convinced every girl in Merriam Hill is “in love” with him. Aunt Bee begins mixing bloody Marys at noon. The Irish salesman Fallon Moran is fast and loose with Galvin’s money. Coach Brewer teaches the boys ambition and tough love. Pastor MacDonald offers the family spiritual salvation.

Garage Songs is a novel of our times. Galvin Brice's quest for business success in a town that values money over substance, and bankers who place profit ahead of people. Kuba’s search for a true friend in a society that doesn't value friendship. Raina’s search for success as a singer in a culture that places fame ahead of talent. Above all, Garage Songs is a novel about music, those who have music, those who do not, and the inability to know the difference. The wonder of Garage Songs is the novel’s ability to reveal, amid our human flaws, the redeeming parts that reside in us all.
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Garage Songs
a novel
by Robert Rowe

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New Voices in Fiction Prize for Comedy

Bellhorn Press is accepting submissions of an unpublished novel, play, or screenplay for our New Voices in Fiction Series. In 2018-2019 Bellhorn Press will publish two authors whose work elevates comedy to a high art, a rollicking farce, or combines comedy with other genres. The two winners will have their manuscript published & promoted, participate in Bellhorn Press readings, and will receive a $500.00 advance in royalties.  

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Submissions should contain strong elements of comedy, but may also be dramas with comedy, coming-of-age stories with comedic situations, tragicomedies, philosophical comedies, and manuscripts that contain irony, sarcasm, sharp wit, slapstick humor, youthful indiscretions, pretensions unmasked, absurdist situations, buffoonery, mistaken identity, soliloquies and more. Screenplays should be movie-length or three episodes of a television series. Contestants can read our recently published novel Garage Songs by Robert Rowe for an example of a drama with comedic situations. We are looking for well-written and well-crafted manuscripts that have the potential to appeal to a broad audience of readers, viewers, and producers. 

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Submission period begins May 1st, 2018 and ends October 30th, 2019. Submit a manuscript of appropriate length (novels should be over 200 pages) with a $45 entry fee. Add $10 for a copy of Garage Songs by Robert Rowe.  Novels should be 1.5 spaces with half-inch margins. Plays and screenplays should follow standard submission formats. Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts early to allow for multiple readings. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Authors will be notified when submissions are received and read.

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