Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition. Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's two Editors-in-Chief in consultation with a faculty advisor. We are currently working on our Winter 2017 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2017. We will begin accepting submissions for our Winter 2018 issue in early September 2017.

Submissions to both the general section and the Forum should be between 3000 and 6000 words (not including the bibliography). All submissions should be double-spaced, written in English, and formatted according to the most recent MLA guidelines. Submissions should be uploaded as MS Word files through our website and online submission system.

For its Winter 2017 issue, Criterion has reserved space for multiple essays that respond to Professor Scott Peeples’s Forum prompt “What Can Poe Do for You?”

Current Issue: Volume 9, Issue 2 (2016)

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Eve's Feminist Wave
Heather Randall

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