DFWCon’s legendary Query Gong game show is back! Here’s how it works

One of the highlights of DFWCon each year has been Query Gong. And we’re bringing it back! It’s going to be a blast and anyone can participate. Here’s how.

If you dare, bring your query letter and put it in the collection box at the registration table. It should be on 8.5″ by 11″ page, Times New Roman 12 pt., double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Keep it anonymous – no name, no title.

In the ballroom after Sunday lunch, we’ll start Query Gong, hosted by that torpedo of talent and charisma, Russell C. Russell C Connor. A panel of literary agents equipped with gongs will listen as George Goldthwaite, the legendary Velvet Voice of DFWCon, randomly selects query letters and reads them to the audience.

The agents will bang the gong at the moment they would stop reading the query and decide not to represent the manuscript. If three agents bang the gong, the query is out of contention, and we’ll pause as Russell asks the agents to explain why they gonged.

If George reaches the end of the query and fewer than three agents have gonged, we have a winner! We’ll ask the author to stand up and take a bow (optional), and Russell will ask the agents what they liked about the writing.

It’s going to be a fun and highly educational experience. Everyone is welcome to submit a page! But be forewarned – this is not for the timid. If you’re thin-skinned, you might not want to do this. The agents might criticize the writing, and this is in front of an audience, even if it is anonymous.

If you like to live on the edge, let’s have that mind-blowing query letter of yours! Submit that bad boy to the collection box at the registration desk by no later than 10 a.m. Sunday. And don’t tell all your friends about it! Remember, anonymous.

See you at Query Gong!

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