VIDEO: Autostraddle Comment Sweepstakes Winners Announced!

At last it’s time! It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, when four of you beautiful human specimens will have your lives completely transformed! A few weeks back, we announced the first-ever Autostraddle Grand Excellent Sweepstakes Blowout of All Time. The rules were simple: register as a member on Autostraddle, comment on the contest post telling us your favorite thing to read on Autostraddle, and then comment at least every other day until December 12th. About 100 of you weirdos ended up following through on your commenting commitment, and Adorable Forever Intern Grace and Adorable Editorial Assistant Chelsey put all your names into their little hats and made a video, as promised! ARE YOU READY? I DON’T THINK YOU’RE READY.

If your name was called, then email me (riese [at] autostraddle [dot] com) for instructions on how to redeem your prize! If you were the grand-prize winner, also please let me know in your email if you want to apply the $100 towards a future A-Camp tuition or If you’d like to use it as credit in the Autostraddle store.

Lastly, on a community note: thanks to all of you for participating in this contest! Your feedback on your favorite Autostraddle things has been SO helpful — both in guiding our editorial plans for the future and in reassuring the authors of some of our less-trafficked regulars that y’all are indeed reading and loving the work we do. The energy and enthusiasm you infused into the site with your frequent commentary has accordingly energized and enthused our writing team. Coming to work every day (and by “coming to work” I mean crawling out of bed and opening our laptops) has been five billion times better since the sweepstakes started. So we hope you stick around for the long haul.

We’ve put a lot of energy into making sure that the new website debuted with kickass content and a super-engaged community and so far, so good! You’ll read more about that and our plans for the future in a Letter From The Editor / State of the Autostraddle Union I plan to finish writing some time in the next few weeks.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. So sad I didn’t win but SO HAPPY for the people that did.
    Can we live vicariously through the winners? I want to know what they do with their free money because all the options are awesome.
    A Camp or AS Store?!?! I need to know!

  2. Truly appreciate that Grace and I are both wearing stripes in our videos without planning this.

    CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS and also to the qualifiers! Your names will forever live in that gold bag because I am a hoarder.

  3. petition for any and all video announcements in the future to star grace and chelsey and stripes. congrats to the winners! and thanks to autostraddle for finally convincing me and my fellow former lurkers to join in this awesome community and conversation!

  4. Congrats to the winners! I’m really glad this sweeps happened, because I can spend a long time lurking before I jump into new communities and I didn’t here because of this and it was wonderful.

    I really, really want to know which version of Sleigh Ride plays in the outro? I need more jazzy christmas music in my life.

  5. Congrats to the people who won things! Also I am pretty shy about commenting on websites, so it was nice to have the sweepstakes as encouragement to start commenting more regularly. I’ll have to keep it up.

  6. Yay, winners! I forgot that this contest was a thing but I will say that I’ve been coming to AS way more frequently anyway because it seems like there is so much more content! If I don’t keep coming back every day I will be too far behind because y’all are ON IT. I’m like a weirdo that has to read/assess every page of a magazine and AS is the same way for me as I read pretty much every article & comment.

  7. This was super duper cute and I’m sad that I didn’t comment on it right away because my gd laptop charger broke last week. ANYWAY it was a pleasure to see people win things! And to see all the new commenters! Keep commenting I want to know all your feelings I know you have a lot of them.

  8. Congrats to all the winners! I feel sad that I scuppered my own comment efforts with an impromptu holiday, and I salute all that commented to the max!

    Mainly, this whole campaign reminded me that AS is even funner when it’s a two-way street, and I’m glad the competition and whole relaunch have been such a success!

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