The Gist: University of Vermont's Literary and Visual Arts Journal

The Gist, formerly known as Vantage Point, is the University of Vermont's literary and visual arts journal. Every semester, we encourage students from all disciplines, fields, and areas of interest to submit their poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, and visual art. We strive to publish writing that evokes and art that thinks, work which stimulates and supports a creative community on campus.

We’ve operated for over twenty years, and are proud to report that many of our contributors' works have placed in plain china, the national anthology for the best undergraduate student art and writing.

Students on staff gain professional publishing experience, particularly in the areas of criticism, editorial skills, layout/design, networking, marketing, leadership, and printing. We publish in the fall and spring of each year and are active in the greater arts community, from hosting poetry readings and art shows downtown to collaborating on expos or performing on local radio.

We meet every Tuesday at 8 pm in Lafayette 212 for anonymous review sessions of submitted works. All are invited! We welcome folks from all identities, backgrounds, and disciplinary interests.

Submissions Guidelines:

Click here to submit your work.

We consider up to four submissions of poetry, prose, or art per contributor. There is a 2,000 word limit for prose and a 150 line limit for poetry. Please detail the composition or medium of art submissions. All works must be titled.

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Meet the Editors

Kyle Challancin is Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Gist. He’s from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is majoring in English and Linguistics, with interests in writing, language change, and hopefully one day translating his own version of Beowulf. Having previously studied Graphic Design, he currently world as a Marketing Assistant/Designer for the Department of Student Life and the Davis Center. 

Molly McDonald is Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Gist. She is a senior hailing from outside the Boston area. Majoring in English and concentrating in creative writing, Molly is passionate about all things poetry, fiction, and storytelling-related. She loves to ski, spend time at the beach, and hang out with her friends and family. 

Charlotte Alexander is Prose Editor of The Gist. She is an English major concentrating in creative writing with an interest in teaching and writing. At home in Vermont, you can find her hiking the long trail, fly fishing, teaching yoga, knitting, and listening to the Beatles. 

Nayantara Dutta is Art Editor of The Gist. They are a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in communication sciences and disorders. Outside of The Gist, their favorite activities are drawing, writing, and traveling, as well as attempting to figure out the enigma of digital art. They’ve been to 26 countries and love to collect funky earrings! 

Sarah Laide is Poetry Editor of The Gist. She’s from New Jersey and majoring in English and Secondary Education. When not reading and writing, she can be found rollerskating, hiking, and springboard diving.

Caroline Adams is Co-Layout Editor of The Gist. A freshman hailing from Indiana, she is studying Art History with minors in Studio Art and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In her free time you can find her kayaking or at Art History Club.

Hayley Horton is Outreach Coordinator of The Gist. A junior Biological Science major, she spends most of her days in labs. From outside the Boston area, she loves skiing, exploring bogs and lakes, and a good podcast. 




Interested in more writing opportunities? Check out Creative Writing at UVM for more ways to get involved!