Monday, January 31, 2011

HCZ GIVEAWAY: A Book for Valentine's Day!

Getting Naked Again: Dating, Romance, Sex, and Love When You've Been Divorced, Widowed, Dumped or Distracted by Judith Sills, Ph.D.

Are you fresh out of a long-term relationship? Need some help putting your dating shoes on? Ready for romance? Clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Judith Sills, Ph.D. is your guide through the tumultuous dating waters. Sills offers insightful stories from women who are pursuing new relationships too. It's perfect for middle-aged ladies, but young people can relate to it too. Get your head back into the game... Hip Chick Zine will help!

In honor of Valentine's Day, we are giving away one copy of Getting Naked Again! Send us an e-mail at, and tell us why you're ready to get naked again (or why you're ready to start dating again;)! Contest ends on February 20, 2011.

Friday, January 28, 2011

HCZ Wants Your Travel Stories for a Book!

I love traveling and learning about other cultures, and so do many of my friends. While I was living and working in Prague, Czech Republic, I started a journal, sharing some of the unique experiences with family and friends. I sketched the skyline view from the park behind my apartment, slyly drew people in the beer garden, and made a note of my favorite breads from the local bakery.

Like most women, I fell in love with Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Eat, Pray, Love. Oh, how it spoke to me! I found that I could relate to Gilbert and her travails. I too have questioned why I feel so out of place since I don't crave marriage and children, but rather have a true love of the open road. Still, Gilbert's story is only one woman's perspective. Knowing that women of all ages are hitting the road these days and blogging, I figured that this is the perfect time to start this project.

We are looking for writing, recipes, poems, sketches, photos and reflections from women's travels. What made your last trip special? Meeting locals? Teaching children? Discovering how strong you are? We want to hear about your experiences volunteering in Senegal, teaching English in Thailand, or simply about the perfect risotto you sampled in Italy. Every woman has a story to tell, and here is your chance. The final selections will be compiled into a book.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Joanna Tanger
Founder of


Please read this before submitting...

- Women ages 16-110 from any country are welcome to contribute.

- Include your name, full mailing address and e-mail along with your submission. We will need to be able to get in contact with you.

- Not all entries will be accepted into the final project. By sending us your work, you are giving us permission to print it, (whether in the book or online) and it will become property of Hip Chick Zine.

- Photos and artwork should be in .jpeg, .gif or .png format. Please keep them at the best possible resolution. Send a maximum of ten photos/pieces of artwork (but not in the same e-mail).

- Written pieces can be anywhere from 0-2,500 words, and should be in Microsoft Word or .pdf format. If a piece is slightly longer, we will also take it, but it will probably be edited for length. Make sure there aren't a lot of grammatical errors please. Any related topics are welcome. While we accept snailmail, e-mail is preferred.

- We love recipes that are accompanied by photos (or drawings).

- If you have any questions, please e-mail us at More info at