About Us & Our Mission
Savant-Garde is a triannual publication run by a group of graduates from the Creative Writing & Publishing program at Sheridan College. Started in 2017 while we were first-year students of the Creative Writing & Publishing program, Savant-Garde was formed with the goal of giving opportunity and inspiration to those who want to break into the publishing industry and to learn from those who have paved the way before us.
As an online literary magazine, we aspire to celebrate diverse, and original creative writing. Stories and poetry have the power to hep us connect with each other and with the world.
The Name Savant-Garde
Our name, "Savant-Garde", is a portmanteau that comes from the French words "savant" (a learned person who has accumulated vast amounts of knowledge) and "avant-garde" (experimental, radical movement in the arts; to be unorthodox and daring). This name seeks to celebrate individuals as the most knowledgeable person to tell their own stories in a creative way. Whether you are breaking the mold of tradition or revitalizing an old form with your new ideas, we want to see your writing. At Savant-Garde, we will treat your work with care.
What We Look For
Whether poetry or fiction, we are particularly interested in reading and publishing work that will transport us, that will have us still thinking about it hours or days after reading it. If you want to submit, we encourage you to read previous issues to see if your work may be a good fit for our journal as our focus can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint in terms of genre, and we tend to curate our issues so all pieces work together.
Our editors are fascinated by the awe-inspiring, almost mystical elements of the world––those that help elicit wonder, or even fear. We want to read about different ways to experience or live our lives, strong emotions in difficult realities, escaping to a better place, tender moments, the good, the bad, and everything in between, whether real or imagined. In short, we love beautiful, gut-wrenching, purposeful writing that encourages us to feel connected to others. We are open to a wide range of genres (literary, experimental, fantasy, horror with a purpose) including genre-blending.
Savant-Garde encourages individuals regardless of ability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity to share their writing or stories. As a Canada-based journal, we strive to feature work of Canada-based authors or work that itself has a tie to this country in every issue, especially alongside work and creators that comes from all over the world.
Enjoy your read!
– The Savant-Garde Team
We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we created Savant-Garde is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
In particular we acknowledge the territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples; the land that is home to the Metis; and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation who are direct descendants of the Mississaugas of the Credit.