CFP for Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism (17 January 2014)

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Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism
Call for Papers: 2014 Issue
Submission Deadline: 17 January 2014

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. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its 2014 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2014. The submission deadline is 17 January 2014.

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 the most recent MLA guidelines. Submissions should be uploaded as MS Word files through our new website and online submission system, found here:

You will be asked to create a profile before uploading your submission. Please follow the instructions and include:

• author's full name
• undergraduate or graduate institution
• current year (i.e. junior, senior, first- or second-year master's student)
• paper title
• contact information (email, phone number, current address, and permanent address)

In the comment section addressed to the editors, please include an affirmation that the submission contains the author's original work and is free from plagiarism. Criterion encourages authors to be sensitive to nuances of language and presentation, avoiding language that exhibits racial, ethnic, and gender bias, and treating issues of sexuality and violence with sensitivity. The contents of Criterion represent the opinions and beliefs of the authors and not necessarily those of the editors, staff, advisors, or Brigham Young University.

Forum on "Why Literature?"

For its 2014 issue, Criterion anticipates reserving space for multiple essays that address the question of literature's relevance and role in a world dominated by digital media. To provoke thoughts on this topic, Professor J. Hillis Miller has provided a prompt titled "Why Literature?" Authors should not attempt to address all of the issues raised by Professor Miller; rather, Criterion hopes this prompt will serve as a springboard for creative and well-focused essays on relevant issues and texts. The prompt will be posted separately and can be accessed here: If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at

Tyler Corbridge and Shane Peterson
2013-2014 Editors-in-Chief