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 Because we want to help undergraduates publish their work, we do not publish essays by PhD candidates or research scholars.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
Marriage and Relationships in Art Spiegelman’s Maus: The Erasure of the Female Experience
Gretchen K. Picklesimer Kinney
Fragments and Foreignness in Claudia Rankine's Citizen
Suzana Dvorak, BYU
Daniel Taylor, BYU
Hannah Christiansen, BYU
Gretchen Picklesimer Kinney, BYU
Julia Harrison, BYU
Josie Peterson, BYU
Laura Anderson, BYU
Katie Brimhall, BYU
Isabella Demartin, BYU
Sophia Snyder, BYU
A. Truman, BYU
Rebecca Watkins, BYU
Jason Kerr, BYU