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Default Winter Word Vault Contest (as seen in WBQ 35)

Our daring experts have ventured into the murky depths of the Vault of Words again to retrieve potential treasures. Some might be gems, others mere fool’s gold. Take these treasures of our language and breathe life into them once more.



Members are allowed one entry in the Word Vault Flash Fiction Contest. You are required to use at least one of the words from the Word Vault, (duplicated for your convenience below). Entries should be submitted as posts to this thread. The competition is open to all members of Writer’s Beat, including staff.

Members are requested to refrain from commenting on entries in this posting thread. Please use the Winter Contest Comment thread instead. That thread will remain open throughout the posting period and afterwards, and members are encouraged to let entrants know what they thought of their entries.

Word Limits:

250 words maximum


Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be altered. Any work that is edited after it has been entered will be disqualified. If you feel you need to make a small alteration (a misplaced comma, a spelling error), contact a member of staff. If we feel your request is reasonable, we will make the correction on your behalf.

Close Date:

30th of December 2012, 12 midnight GMT


After the closing date, we (the Staff) will select a winner to be published in the next issue of Writer’s Beat Quarterly, assuming permission is given when we contact the winner.

aboon (adj): Scottish dialect; above.

abodement (n): omen, foreboding.
Example : Abodements must not now affright us. - Shakespeare, Henry VI

jazel (n): Gem of blue to azure hue from Southeast Asia.
Example: The brooch was fitted with several wonderfully cut jazels; it reminded her of the sea she loved.

rive (v): 1. To split or cleave apart.
2. Technique in woodworking for splitting wood radially from a log.
From riven (Middle English/North Germanic), from Old Norse rífa (tear apart).
Example: The Master showed the apprentice how to rive the log, again.

sike (n Ditch or stream that dries out in summer.
From Old English sīċ of Germanic origin.
Example: Eddy was glad it would be summer soon, then he would wake up in a dry sike, after the weekly night at the pub, instead.

wizened (adj): marked by age, worn, withered, shrunk.
Example: The wizened Oracle’s proclamation left the group mystified.

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