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 Because we want to help undergraduates publish their work, we do not publish essays by PhD candidates or research scholars.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
“I suppose an island dweller should expect it to be so”: The Contradiction and Drama of Maternity and Islands in Caleb’s Crossing
The Only Way Out is Through: Community, Death, and the Desacralization of Trauma in George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo
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
To The Lighthouse or To Mrs. Ramsay? A Study of Materialization Through the Symbolism of the Lighthouse in Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse
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