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Author Guidelines

Call for Papers: Undergraduate and Master'€™s Students Deadline: 19 January 2015

General Submissions Guidelines Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its 2015 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2015. The submission deadline for the 2015 issue is 19 January 2015. Essays received after this deadline will not be considered for the Winter 2015 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 “How Many Futures?”
Our prompt this year, written by Professor John Williams at Yale University, focuses on multiple futures and dystopian novels. Whether through a utopian or dystopian society, a fantasy world filled with nymphs, or even a science-fiction novel that is set in outer space, literature can give us alternate realities and fantastical futures. We want to hear your thoughts on why literature presents these futures, as well as on how these alternate realities affect our current society. How has literature affected your future?  What is the importance of dual or multiple realities? How do dystopian novels express the zeitgeist of our time? Are dystopian novels and our fixation with the future cathartic? We welcome your thoughts and hope to hear how the futures presented by literature have shaped you, the world you inhabit, and the words—and worlds—you read. Authors do not need to write specifically on this topic (as Criterion will publish any form of literary criticism we see fit) but authors should also keep this prompt in mind.


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.
  6. The student has removed his or her name from the exact file. (Do not include in the upper corner or anywhere throughout the article in order to prevent any potential bias.) The submission will be linked to the student's account.

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