create | encounter

Create | Encounter exists to illustrate the inherent dignity of each human being by sharing creative narratives through poetry, prose, and visual art. 


"Dilation and Evacuation" by Kelsey Hazzard

We engage the grassroots community through an open call for submissions, promote education on issues of human dignity through an annual compilation of creative works, and stimulate discourse on these issues through a corresponding release event.

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"Mother of Gynecology" by Lauren Handy

The winners of Create | Encounter are published in an annual special edition of our magazine, Life Matters Journal. View the submission guidelines, past winners, and magazine PDFs below.

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"Let Love Grow" by Emma Bucher


Submissions for 2022 open now!

The submission window for our 2022 Create | Encounter contest is open from September 4, 2021–February 19, 2022. Download the submission guidelines and start creating today:

Thanks to those who attended our 2021 release party on March 27th!

Copies of the 2021 Create | Encounter magazine are now available for purchase:

Read the magazine:





Or view the winners individually: