Firstly, congratulations! The unprecedented turnout for the **[FanFiction Contest](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/TQsEsHat-fanfiction-contest-announcement)** was incredible; with over 174,000 words written and 200+ stories submitted, the sheer amount and caliber of the community’s talent was displayed in full force. Between [plays](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/YZ8aiuE8-shakespeares-the-two-allies-of-piltover), poems, [Limericks](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/Gjylsavl-limerick-of-legends), and [epics ](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/qYsTEMFj-zilean-origins)– we had the joy to examine every expression of the written form and narrowed our Shortlist down to 10 stories.
No easy task at all.
For a refresher, the Shortlist was determined by the Rubric below.
The Rubric is explained and ordered below in a weighted fashion. Creativity being the most important and Grammar being the least important to grading.
* **Creativity. **The most important of the Rubric and that hardest to really quantify. In short, how did you best leave your fingerprint on the essence of League of Legends?
* **Prompt.** _"The Average Day in Runeterra"_.
* **League of Legends Elements.** This is a League FanFiction contest! The more elements from the game or lore (twisted or canon) the better!
* **Grammar.** No one is perfect, we know that. And we also know that a single spelling mistake shouldn’t detract from a great story, but we need to be able to understand and get through your story without confusion.
But the Rubric and Shortlist only take the contest so far. The remaining honor of crowning the FanFiction Contest winners is now in your hands as a community. Out of the 10 Shortlist Finalists, we're only looking for **5 Victors**. Below, the Shortlist Finalists are listed and linked - using the poll at the bottom of the page, vote for your **_favorite _**FanFiction entry.
Favorite. It's such a high standard and impossible trait to quantify. If you need the Rubric to help guide your vote, that's fine - but ultimately, don't let the Rubric restrict your personal taste and vote for the story that speaks to you. The community will have one week to select the winners; which means that on **August 5th**, the Final FanFiction Five will be chosen!
And remember, if this Shortlist doesn't sate your hunger for incredible stories, there are the hundreds of adventures waiting in the **[FanFiction Contest Boards](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction)**.
**FanFiction Shortlist Finalists**
**[An Average Day in the Sewers](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/OtVNtvZH-an-average-day-in-the-sewers)** by [Funsocks](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/Funsocks)
_In this horrific and haunting tale, recruits patrolling the sewers are playing a deadly game of cat and rat around every dark corner. _
**[Freljordian Diplomacy](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/oh34YxOL-freljordian-diplomacy)** by [Jimsomi](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/jimsomi)
_On a brisk and beautiful Freljordian morning, a Little Queen is up early. And not by choice. _
**[Refracted Silence](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/3jVwdyj2-fanfiction-contest-entry-refracted-silence)** by [Malygos](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/Malygos)
_An unknown bystander is witness to an assassination under the totalitarian rule of Noxus in this short vignette._
[**On the Outskirts of Bandle City**](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/NRsuzQn0-on-the-outskirts-of-bandle-city) by [HierosGodhead](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/HierosGodhead)
_In Veigar's quest to learn a new spell, the almighty fails to read the small print. And that's definitely a short joke. _
**[Diary of a Shuriman Merchant](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/6nqh7g6y-diary-of-a-shuriman-merchant)** by [Miss Auri](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/Miss%20Auri)
_A recovered wares journal documents a peculiar meta shift in the sands of Shurima. _
[**Four Words**](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/FKuVURMi-four-words) by [GreatClockwyrm](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/GreatClockwyrm)
_This subtle portrait of Jhin is as gorgeous as it is grotesque. _
**[Don't Blink](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/TpI5facs-dont-blink)** by [The Great NaCl](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/The%20Great%20NaCl)
_Ekko knows that all Zuan really needs is a little spit shine in this heartfelt narrative._
**[//Reboot: Code >>PROJECT_FIORA<<](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/x7PrhywE-reboot-code-project-fiora)** by [Yukarin](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/Yukarin)
_This anguished reflection depicts Fiora tangled in the wires between life and death._
**[Five Things to Make a Shadow](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/Qm3hjwiP-five-things-to-make-a-shadow)** by [EarlGreyShakes](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/EarlGreyShakes)
_Justice is just a nicer name for revenge. _
**[A Fractured Soul](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/L9fNFEP2-a-fractured-soul)** by [Bahnshii](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/Bahnshii)
_As a monster of the Shadow Isles, Thresh cannot be trusted to tell the truth. But Ahri believes him anyway._
**[Her Purple Hair | Ekko](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/12Eobv7b-her-purple-hair-ekko)** by [Jason](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/Jason)
_Champion the league? Easy. Talk to girls? Much harder. _
**[A Wanderer isn't always Lost](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/contest-fan-fiction/riVuWqdY-a-wanderer-isnt-always-lost)** by [Kaze no Kizu](http://boards.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/player/OCE/Kaze%20no%20Kizu)
_This narrative pulls on the delicate threads that weave together the tapestry of Yasuo's character. _