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. We prioritize undergraduate submissions, but will consider submissions from those who have recently graduated and students pursuing a master's degree. Because we want to help undergraduates publish their work, we do not publish essays by PhD candidates or research scholars.

Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board comprised of students at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's lead editors in consultation with a faculty advisor.

We now accepting submissions for our Winter 2023 issue.

Every era has confronted change brought on by new technologies, armed conflict, and social reform. Our own generation faces a global pandemic, war in Ukraine, and widespread misinformation. We invite submissions that address texts from different times and places that could help us navigate the current crises.

Submissions should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words (not including the bibliography). While not every submission need respond or even relate directly to the prompt, we will prioritize submissions concerning the topic of coping with change. 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.

Submission Deadline: January 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM MST

[UPDATED] Submission Deadline: January 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM MST

Current Issue: Volume 15, Issue 2 (2022) Volume 15, Issue 2 (2022) Fall

Front Matter


Full Issue


Suzana Dvorak, BYU

Daniel Taylor, BYU

Managing Editors

Hannah Christiansen, BYU

Gretchen Picklesimer Kinney, BYU

Lead Copyeditors

Julia Harrison, BYU

Josie Peterson, BYU


Laura Anderson, BYU

Katie Brimhall, BYU

Isabella Demartin, BYU

Sophia Snyder, BYU

A. Truman, BYU

Rebecca Watkins, BYU

Faculty Advisor

Jason Kerr, BYU