Hello!Lucky and Egg Press Pen Pal Giveaway

Aug.19, 2013

We're hosting a fun Giveaway in honor of our friendship with fellow letterpress company Hello!Lucky and to get people thinking about how fun old-school letter-writing can be.

Grand Prize:

Hello!Lucky and Egg Press will be your pen pal for a year. You'll receive fun mail every other month which might include things like cards (big surprise, right?), recipes, chocolates, pens, seeds, etc. There’s no obligation to write back, though we’d love to get a chance to know you!

Second Prize:

A year's worth of cards. 12 from Hello!Lucky and 12 from Egg Press.

Third Prize:

4-5 of our founder's favorite pens. And believe me, these ladies know pens!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment below or on the Hello!Lucky Blog telling us your dream pen pal. It can be anyone, living or dead. Jack Kérouac, your Grandma, a Buddhist monk.

For an additional entry, post a mail-themed photo on Instagram tagging us at @helloluckycards and @eggpress and using hashtag #LetterpressMailLove.

The last day to enter is August 29th.


I would pick Georgia O'Keeffe. As one fine artist to another I can only imagine the conversations, but the visual aspects of the mail art we could share would be amazing! Imagine an O'Keeffe stamp on a letter from Georgia...

thu, 2013-08-29 16:15 | a_cooper

My dream pen pal would be my deeply-missed and very beloved husky dog, Koda, who is now running cancer-free over the Rainbow Bridge. We rescued him in 2003, a day before he was to be put down because no one wanted him and he'd been returned to the shelter so many times. I have so many questions about his life before us and his thoughts about life with us. About his adventures. And about dying of cancer and his last days. I wonder what dogs think about. How they see the world. What did he think of us as his "owners"? I can only imagine...

Is it ok to want to be pen pals with your furry, deceased companion?

thu, 2013-08-29 12:25 | karen wang

Louise Bourgeois! Simply because she's an amazing artist...one of my favorites! She also taught at my alma mater back in the day, Cooper Union....wish I studied there at the time!

thu, 2013-08-29 05:34 | jillbeau

i would have to say jacqueline kennedy onassis. i became fascinated with her at a young age & hankered after all the books about her at the local library. one of my favorites was the book "one special summer", which chronicled her & her sister's visit to europe via their handwritten journal entries, scraps of mementos/ephemera, & illustrations. i'd imagine that exchanging letters with jackie would be much in the same vein.


wed, 2013-08-28 22:26 | paperandtype

I would pick anyone who delights in checking the mail at the end of every day. Someone who checks it twice, elbow deep, bottom scraping, in the mailbox, in case it hasn't been delivered yet. Someone who appreciates the tangible nature of a letter that comes from being touched by the hands of the sender, no matter how far away they are. Someone who believes that there must be some element of magic involved in the postal system to ensure that (most of the time) every thing gets where it needs to be. And when it doesn't I hope that someone spends time musing on an imagined department of lost letters. A department dedicated righting the wrong of those letters misplaced.

This someone does not need to be the most regular responder, as I find delight in the sending.

wed, 2013-08-28 15:00 | swagnerm

I would love to be pen pals with my late grandfather. as a child he was always drawing pictures for me or writing notes and diligently sent cards for birthdays and holidays every year. There are so many things I never got the chance to ask him or talk about and my mother says that our handwriting is actually very similiar. I'm also the only blue eyed kid in the family, another trait I got from him :)

wed, 2013-08-28 12:07 | kel78belle

I would love to be penpals with 4 of my childhood penpals. It would be amazing to reconnect after all these years and see how we have all grown, and if all those childhood dreams and aspirations have come true! I used to write weekly to these 4 girls who all lived in different parts of the world and getting letters in return was always a highlight of my week.

What fab competition - bring back penpals!

tue, 2013-08-27 16:40 | erinajanemolloy

What a good question! This has been such an amusing question for our family to chat about around the table. My four year old picked Goldbug, from Richard Scary. I'd pick Mary Wollsontecraft. Interesting historical perspective, moody, formative feminist author, colorful past - she has it all. It's tempting to pick a beloved author but what if their letters were intermittent or dry? What if they were so swept up with your pretty and witty words that they didn't write 'Song of Myself'?

tue, 2013-08-27 07:21 | anna.vine.oconnell

My ideal pen pal would be Dr. Dorothy Wrinch, who was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Science Degree from Oxford University. Using mathematical principles in probability, geometry, and symmetry, she was the first to deduce and depict the human protein molecule structure.

I would love to receive one of her letters written on off-cuts of her printed protein maps. Imagine the book binding structures she could come up with!

mon, 2013-08-26 23:44 | mjmendavia

It would be a treat to have Harper Lee as a pen pal. If she can write a book that powerful, her letters must be something special.

mon, 2013-08-26 19:04 | nbirdg

My dream penpal would be my niece. I love sense of self, and her ever-evolving views.

mon, 2013-08-26 18:00 | southpaw

My sons, 10-, 15- and 20- years from now. I write to them now as babies and toddlers. Looking forward to a reply from some pretty amazing guys in the future.

mon, 2013-08-26 12:11 | misskelda

In my dream world, one of my best friends would be Audrey Hepburn. I could live vicariously through her travels, movie star friends, adventures, love of being a mother (that's how we would relate to each other), and her work for charity. What an incredible life.
Thanks for the giveaway!

sun, 2013-08-25 20:08 | petite.megan

Lisa Frank! Then I'd get so many cool 80s stickers.

sun, 2013-08-25 12:05 | chvatal

my dream pen pal is my fiance. as we have begun our new journey together as an engaged couple, i've given pause to consider some of the things that will help insure our success as a soon-to-be-married couple.
we have been friends for a long time and have both really enjoyed sweet correspondences with friends and loved ones. part of his courtship in the beginning of our romantic relationship included the introduction of a little book to share our thoughts in and pass back and forth to each other. although the passing has slowed, the value of sharing sweet secret thoughts remains true.
i recently sent him a postcard to our home with a sweet little message attached, and would like to continue in a similar vein for a long long time. i want to continue to court him (and him, me) for the rest of our lives.

sun, 2013-08-25 12:02 | imbibingeye

My dream pen pal would be Nora Ephron. Who better to talk relationships, food, and have a good laugh with?

sun, 2013-08-25 11:01 | scheickc

It would be amazing to be pen pals with Doctor Who. I would never get letters consistently,but they would always be filled with adventure.The postage would always be correct or there would be none at all because they would arrive in strange ways (stuck to my second story window?). His letters and they way he sent them would tell of where he was and who he was with.Second to being his companion, being the Doctors pen pal would be tops!

sat, 2013-08-24 15:25 | ellenette

My dream pen pal is and always will be my sister. There's no one who understands me like she does and her appreciation for beautiful or cute stationery always makes her letters that delightful surprise in the mail. It also helps that she's a phenomenal writer.

sat, 2013-08-24 12:06 | sawiga

My dream pen pal is someone that is already my pen pal. My boyfriend lives in california, I live is massachusetts. I write to him every night or al least every other night (often on egg press cards:)

sat, 2013-08-24 11:58 | jamierschoen

My dream pen pal(s) would have been Charles and Ray Eames at the height of their design careers. I daydream about what fun, creative, and playful things they would've sent in the mail. I have a red molded plywood lounge chair in my living room, and it always cheers me up and provides a touch of whismy to everyday life. "Take your pleasure seriously."

sat, 2013-08-24 04:00 | amandagilchrist

I also do have a current dream pen pal - my best friend who lives across the country from me. We have completely opposite lives but we do take time to send notes and cards. We both love receiving and sending them. Keep the tradition alive!

fri, 2013-08-23 16:19 | cbatkins

I would want to write to Mr. Rogers. He is the embodiment of grandfatherly kindness, humility and so much wisdom.

fri, 2013-08-23 15:33 | ahsiao

My ideal pen pal would definitely be my Nanny. She was my favorite person when she was alive and I miss her so much. But aside from that, there are so many stories of hers I never got to hear, and I wish I had the chance to hear them now. Plus I just miss getting those letters she sent when i was summer camp, typed up on the old typewriter and then signed with her messy signature.

fri, 2013-08-23 15:14 | cbatkins

I think it would be hilarious to be pen pals with myself at 8 years old when I was in 3rd grade. I recently discovered a journal my third grade teacher required us to keep and it was quite fascinating to read through my thoughts 20 years ago.

fri, 2013-08-23 11:22 | florence.g.li

I would want to be pen pals with my foster mother. She cared for me from birth to 6 months, before my parents adopted me. I'd be curious to know about my birth culture, what I was like as an infant (particularly now that I'm a new mom), and any other general impressions. My mom tells me my foster mother ran after the car crying as they pulled away. I'd want to tell her I'm ok and living a beautiful life.

fri, 2013-08-23 10:39 | kari.p.k

My pen pal is my best friend who resides in Switzerland. It all began when we were 14 years old and we were matched up through a pen pal company. I remember how excited I was to finally have a friend overseas. We have kept in touch through all these years and I am very proud to say we have remained true friends. I consider her like a sister to me. Every card, notecard or letter I have received from my best friend are all nicely stored in a box. The pretty stationary that I spent looking hours upon hours in the store were worth it because I felt it would make my letters more special and my best friend appreciated every word. We still exchange letters and cards to this day. Her wedding invitations were all hand made by herself and I had mind done with a vintage twist. I went to her wedding in Switzerland in August of 2000 and caught the bouquet and she came to mine in SF and was my Matron of Honour. There is nothing more special than receiving a hand made note, card or letter and the bond of a true friend that you can share a lifetime with. Our first letter started with the words, Dear Pen Pal and now it starts with Dearest Zita or Dearest Gina. These extraordinary letters weave a moving portrait of a long and lasting friendship.

Thank you for allowing me to share my amazing friendship. Letter writing needs to be as important as ever and not disappear.

fri, 2013-08-23 10:28 | gye

My dream pen pal is my greatgrandma who has passed away. She was an inspiring woman from the Iowa countryside and was full of great stories. Now that I am an adult I wish I could get to know her better. I would love to exchange some letters.

fri, 2013-08-23 10:26 | rrwa

I'm a big John Mayer fan - wouldn't it be great to be pen pals with a songwriter?

fri, 2013-08-23 09:54 | backporchpoet77

My dream pen pals are my grandparents. I am an extremely family-oriented person and am very close with my grandparents, so when I first started college, I began sending each of my grandparents a letter once a week. After seeing how happy it made my grandparents, I extended my efforts to my parents, friends, and other relatives. I kept up this weekly tradition while I studied abroad in Florence, Italy my sophomore year and was introduced to the beautiful handmade stationery and paper they are well known for. My love of writing has grown and expanded into a love (some may call it an obsession) for stationery and paper goods. I just graduated college in April and I am still going strong! We continue to correspond via snail mail as I make my way into the real world. Writing letters to each other has given us a special bond that I am SO grateful for.

fri, 2013-08-23 08:38 | annie steward

I married my dream pen pal. And now our letters don't need stamps!

fri, 2013-08-23 05:58 | lmattaway

My dream would be David Sedaris. He is my favourite writer and knows how to make the mundane hysterically funny. I would gobble up his letters and they would be the highlight of my day. I would endlessly plot how I can score an invitation to his home in France and we would be bff's.

fri, 2013-08-23 05:07 | kristineg

My dream penpal would be my grandmother. She passed away 5 years ago. I would like to be able to write her when she was my age. Her name was Grace and she's the only reason you can tell I belong to my family. Both of my parents have an olive complexion while I, like my grandmother, am full of freckles and have red hair. She is my guidance in everything. She wrote me often when she was alive and I have all of her letters saved. I return to them when I need to find a little grace in my own life.

fri, 2013-08-23 04:59 | margaretmarie

My dream pen pal situation would be a full on awesome correspondence experience with Wes Anderson and creative company.How fantastic would it be to get a letter of fantastic fun story telling on nice correspondence stock. It would have great illustrations on the envelope by his brother Eric, telling some key parts of Wes' letter. Finally, it would come accompanied by a Cd composed by Mark Mothersbaugh, so, that I may have some musical ambiance while reading said letter from Wes and Co. And sometimes,maybe,Bill Murray will scrawl a little doodle on the corner of the letter to make it that much more cool.

fri, 2013-08-23 00:53 | slow_wayfarer

I had a pen pal through the American Girl Club growing up who had the same birthday as me -- we lived on opposite sides of the country and still have never met, but we wrote for years and it was seriously the best thing! If I could become pen pals with anyone, I think I would want to exchange letters with my grandpa George, who I was never able to meet because he died while I was young, It would be beautiful to be able to get to know him on a personal level.

thu, 2013-08-22 23:30 | islandwahinee

I still write cards now and then. I certainly write more than receive when it comes to snail mail. Makes me so sad. I barely get cards now for holidays, let alone just because. This is silly but my dream pen pal right now would be demi lovato. I've never cared for celebrities or entertainers (after my teen years) but discovering her music unexpectedly made me get in touch with my inner 15 year old.

thu, 2013-08-22 22:02 | slei

Hmmm, thats a great question. My first thought is that I'd like to write Elizabeth Bennett Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I'd love to know how her life continued on at the BIG house. Her life would've been full of contrasts and she would've had a unique perspective of her new position. Thanks for the fun opportunity!

thu, 2013-08-22 21:29 | heliumhand

Lloyd Renyolds, hands down. His calligraphy is so beautiful and he is such a fantastic character. I would love to get a peek at his life in such an intimate way.

thu, 2013-08-22 21:25 | slowcookin4life

My dream pen pal would have to be Jo March, from Little Women. As a girl, I loved Jo fiercely, and she shaped the woman I am in many ways. What a treat it would be to find her splotchy penmanship slipped through my mail slot!

thu, 2013-08-22 19:46 | cecilyg

I would love to be penpals with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls! She is an amazing calligrapher with so many interesting stories to tell about how her studies began and how they are progressing now. My grandmother first got me into hand lettering as a child but I only began pursuing it after she passed away in her honor. To have a fun pen pal and to have the chance to practice more calligraphy at the same time would be a blast and I hope to only get better with my letters and my future pen pal :)

thu, 2013-08-22 19:37 | megan0

Roald Dahl would make a charming, funny, wicked, and interesting pen pal in my book. He has held a special place in my bookworm heart since I was a kid devouring all of his books.

And a shout out to Pixiewinkle above who chose Maira Kalman - she's a close runner up for me. Good choice!

I was an avid letter writer as a kid, and I still try to make time for it. I love both Egg Press and Hello!Lucky so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will get lucky!

thu, 2013-08-22 19:06 | mollydeaguiar

Robert Browning. He wrote the most beautiful love letters to "his lilttle Portuguese" and elicited the most beautiful letters in response. And he saved every one (as she did his)! I know I couldn't replace Elizabeth Barrett Browning...but I do love the thought of having a pen pal who would keep all my letters and respond promptly, a man after my own heart.

thu, 2013-08-22 18:34 | angelpurchases

My dream pen pal would be anyone who wants to share in the joy our lives experience from day to day. We don't have to agree on everything, and we certainly don't need to have the same religious, political, or other spiritual and worldly views. Just someone who believes that life is worth living, and takes the time to stop and smell the roses. :) Thank you so much for this opportunity. I hope that people will find joy wherever they go!

thu, 2013-08-22 18:25 | kaju-ka

OMG. Easiest answer ever. MAIRA KALMAN. If she were my penpal, my life would be complete. Love the lost art of letters, but I know there are many who still use it. This reminds me of Griffin and Sabine, some of my favorite books. LOVE it, and would be an absolute joy to win.

thu, 2013-08-22 18:15 | pixiewinkle

Love, love, love this giveaway! I am so saddened to see letter-writing dying out - I have so many saved letters from middle school through college, and they are such a trip to read through. So many choices... I would love to write to my great-aunt - she led an amazing life but died before I headed off to college. I would have loved to have heard her commentary as I made my way through college and beyond! And as a second, someone like Sol LeWitt, Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock - I know their stationary and writing styles would be phenomenal!

thu, 2013-08-22 18:07 | amy cahillane

In high school, I had two penpals from Japan - it was so much fun! I helped them practice English, and they kept me updated on all the cool Japanese street fashion. I remember loving all of the super cute stationery they would send letters on, and I always tried to find unique stationery to write them back. Wow, I haven't thought about them in years.

I think my dream penpal today would be Grant Achatz, the chef of Chicago's Alinea. He's seems like such a creative and thoughtful person...it would be fun to pick his brain about where he gets his inspiration, both for his restaurants and in his life.

thu, 2013-08-22 17:34 | jbtang77

Oh I love this! My dear friend and I have been consistent pen pals since 1997-ish. We even wrote letters when we lived in the same city (we haven't shared a zip code since 1999). The last two Decembers we have tried to make and mail a postcard a day to each other (Daily December). This year we are working on a postcard a week (52 for You).

Hmmm, but if I could be pen pals with anyone else...a buddhist monk, yes! Or a poet like Mary Oliver! Oooh,Beatrix Potter! Too hard to choose.

thu, 2013-08-22 17:18 | angelamcg

My dream penpal would be my future me. I'd write to her to let her know what I was wondering about, and she'd write back letting me know that everything in my life is going to work out just perfectly. Will I get married? Will I have kids? How fun it would be to find out!

thu, 2013-08-22 17:18 | christian3255

Frank Lloyd wright would be my pen pal for so many reasons - brilliant, mysterious, crazy. What an interesting person to correspond with.

thu, 2013-08-22 17:12 | hilary_noah

St. Francis of Assisi

thu, 2013-08-22 16:30 | staceylai

I would love to have my late husband, Don, as a pen pal. I don't know where he is but I know he would communicate with me if he could.

thu, 2013-08-22 16:15 | lauriwoodland