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 Because we want to help undergraduates publish their work, we do not publish essays by PhD candidates or research scholars.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 are now accepting submissions for our Fall 2023 issue.

Submission Deadline: September 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM MT

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

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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