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Default Word Vault Contest (As seen in WBQ 36)

With the New Year our word miners bring forth new treasures from the depth of the abyss where unused words decay. Honour their bravery and give these words a new breath of life.

Good luck to all.



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 March 2013, 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.

Skein (n.): 1. Collective term for geese and other fowl while in flight.
2. Collective term for thread or yarn after it has been removed from a reel.
3. Derived from the above, a weave or web.
From the Old English skeyne, probably of Celtic origin.

Tenebrous (adj.): Dark and gloomy.
From the Latin tenebrōsus from tenebrae (darkness or shadow).
Example: Gillian wished he had brought a torch to banish the tenebrous atmosphere.

Solipsism (n.): An unawareness of the views or needs of others, self-absorption.
From the Latin solus (alone) and ipse (self).

Declivity (n.): A downward bend or slope in a hill or in the path on a hill.
Example: The declivity of the road surprised Carter, it had looked straight and flat when he set out.

Patina (n.): 1. A green/grey colour of rusted or encrusted metal objects made from bronze or copper.
2. A superficial layer.
3. A paten, a flat type of dish used for mass by several branches of Christianity.
From the Latin patina (pan or dish).

Carrel (n.) A partially partitioned area in a library used for studying or reading.
Example: Johnny was trapped, as the carrel had no second exit, and Chase would find him now.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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