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Author Guidelines

Call for Papers: Undergraduate and Master'€™s Students Deadline: 17 January 2014

General Submissions Guidelines 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 for the 2014 issue is 17 January 2014. Essays received after this deadline will be considered for the 2014 issue.

Submissions for the general section 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. 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. Please register a new account with a username and password by clicking on the links above to begin the submission process.

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 can be seen on our home page.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  3. Submission is between 3000 and 6000 words (not including the bibliography).
  4. The text adheres to MLA's stylistic and bibliographic requirements.
  5. The text is double-spaced and set in 12-point font size.

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