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 Because we want to help undergraduates publish their work, we do not publish essays by PhD candidates or research scholars.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.

Current Issue: Volume 16, Issue 1 (2023) Volume 16, Issue 1 (Winter 2023)

Front Matter


Full Issue


Daniel Taylor, BYU

Managing Editors

Hannah Christiansen, BYU

Gretchen Picklesimer Kinney, BYU

Josie Peterson, BYU

Lead Copyeditors

Mindy Peterman, BYU

Sophia Snyder, BYU

Rebecca Watkins, BYU


Payton Andreadakis, BYU

Aubrey Boyle, BYU

Jaicie Clayton, BYU

Charity Ford, BYU

Kailey Harris, BYU

Lily Jensen, BYU

Jonathan Kruyer, BYU

Julia Nebeker, BYU

Brennah Payne, BYU

Céline Taylor, BYU

Moriah Weaver, BYU

Faculty Advisor

Jason Kerr, BYU