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Default Word Vault Summer Contest (WBQ 34)

The most important tool a writer possesses is his vocabulary. Words are the building blocks upon which we create characters, realms, and situations. It is imperative, then, that we seek out new words with which to enrich our writing. This is easily done in a world where new developments continually lead to new coinages. But what of those words no longer in common parlance? Dictionaries are littered with archaic words that once tripped so lightly from our pens. Here, too, are rare and specialised words, seldom used perhaps, but no less marvellous for all that.



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 Summer 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 June 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.

ablaqueate (v): To lay bare or expose the root of a tree by removing or loosening the soil.
Example: In the constant battle for the soil of that hill, the trees have lost to spring floods and summer winds. Now they stand ablaqueated, their roots knotted firmly around nothing.

carillon (n): A set of at least 23 bells used to play out tunes, usually found in bell or church towers.

evince (v): To demonstrate or show a point clearly.
From the French evince from the Latin ēvincō (to conquer absolutely).
Example: At first the locals didn’t believe a monster was among them, but the stranger evinced such terror, that they began to suspect.

pronubial (adj): Presiding over marriage.
Example: Marrying people was the curé’s favorite sacrament; no bride was ever as radiant nor groom as proud as he when, flushed with pronubial bliss, he pronounced them one.

rambunctious (adj): Hard to control, unruly or energetic.

reticulation (n): The pattern formed by crisscrossing lines, such as pipes, string, roads, etc.
Example: The teacher demonstrated the reticulation of the wires in the dismantled radio.

xyloid (adj): Like wood, woody.
Example: The new poly-plastic had a xyloid smoothness when polished.

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