We’re Giving Away Three Gold A+ Memberships

After celebrating the 2nd anniversary of A+ a few weeks ago, we received an incredibly generous donation from someone who just wants to make your lives a little bit… shinier.

gene wilder has a golden ticket a+

Come with me
and you’ll be
in a world of
pure imagination.

This mystical force that descended to us from the stars not only wants to remain anonymous, but wants their donation translated into three year-long Gold A+ Memberships — and we can’t wait to give them away!

One of my favorite parts of A+ is the Excerpts From My Super-Secret Diary Series, where editors give us pieces of their former selves as expressed in personal private writing and give us a chance to peer into their past and/or present brains.

So, for this A+ giveaway, we’d like to peer into your weirdo diaries! To enter this contest, dig through your old diaries, your LiveJournals, or whatever medium you’ve used to personally express yourself. Pick one snippet (1-5 sentences) that you want to share – it can be hilarious, deep, awkward – it’s up to you!

"the whole patricia thing must seem pretty weird, mainly just because I'll probably look back on this and be like...LESBIAN!!"

Sarah’s 2003 Journal

We’ll be putting most of these excerpts into a reader-sourced super-secret diary excerpt A+ article, using your submissions anonymously. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, don’t worry! There will be plenty of other opportunities to win an A+ Membership!

Here’s how you enter:

  • Register for an account on Autostraddle if you haven’t already.
  • Send me an email at contest@autostraddle.com with the subject line “I WANT GOLDwp_postsand 1-5 sentences from your personal diary and your Autostraddle username.

For inclusion in the reader-curated A+ Secret Diary post, also tell us:

  • The year you wrote it, and how old you were.
  • Where you lived at the time
  • (Optional) Your Autostraddle username
  • (Optional) A photo of the cover of your diary, or the page you’re quoting.

The deadline for submissions is August 16th. We’ll be putting the names of everybody who entered into a hat and drawing three winners. We’ll announce the winners on August 19th with a super-cute video.

Here’s what you get with a Gold Membership:

  • Choice of A+ Members-Only Gold Scissor Tote Bag or T-Shirt
  • Access to 1-2 Members-Only Personal Essays per month in full-screen, ad-free page view
  • Exclusive Team Podcast
  • Official A+ Member Sticker
  • Special A+ circle on your display name in our comments
  • Monthly “A+ Bee” Community Newspaper
  • Monthly Insider Behind-the-Scenes Newsletter accessible and eternally archived for A+ Members only in full-screen, ad-free page view
  • Monthly “Questions You’ve Been Asking Us” from the A+ priority inbox
  • “Interview With My Ex-Girlfriend” series
  • Special Members-Only Layout
  • Exclusive A+-only merch discounts
  • Access to members-only feedback box
  • NSFW Photoessays

Good luck!

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Sarah is gay.

Sarah has written 39 articles for us.


  1. I already have a silver membership so I don’t need a gold, but can I still submit to the secret diary post? I’ve been reading my old journals from my evangelical Christian pre-queer phase and there is some gold in there.

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