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 have recently published our Fall 2018 issue, and are currently reviewing submissions for our Winter 2019 issue. General submissions will open again in fall 2019.

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.

We are no longer accepting submissions for this issue. The deadline for submissions to our Winter 2019 issue was January 25, 2019. Any articles submitted after this date will not be considered for publication in this issue.

Current Issue: Volume 12, Issue 1 (2019) Winter 2019

Front Matter


Editor's Notes
Mckay Hansen and Hailey Kate Chatlin


Forum Prompt
Dennis Cutchins



"Unsteady Characters"
Adam Brantley


Recursive Art
Chris Althoff

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