Guidelines for the Submission of Manuscripts

Criticism is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for current scholarship on literature, media, music, and visual culture. A place for rigorous theoretical and critical debate as well as formal and methodological self-reflexivity and experimentation, Criticism aims to present contemporary thought at its most vital.

Submissions of no more than 9,000 words (including endnotes and bibliography) along with an abstract should be uploaded through the Criticism Digital Commons website. Manuscripts should be prepared with 12-point type, double spaced, with one-inch margins. Only original articles that are not simultaneously under consideration by another journal will be considered. Submissions should not have been previously published.


Submissions should follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for documentation: full bibliographic information at first mention; abbreviated mention after that; full bibliography. Notes should appear at the end of the essay, in the same font size as the text, and double spaced. Articles must be formatted in Microsoft Word, Pages, PDF, or RTF. Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review (i.e. without any reference to the author’s identity).

Images and Permissions for Copyrighted Materials

Criticism can reproduce graphics in black-and-white. Authors are responsible for providing digital images or glossy prints, securing permission to reproduce illustrations, and paying any required fees. Please provide proof of copyright clearance upon acceptance.