1. Arlene's Heart, by Victoria Frances. Fantasy, illustrated.
2. E. Pluribus Unicorn, by Theodore Sturgeon. Fantasy and science fiction short stories.
3. Dancing on the Head of a Pin, by Thomas E. Sniegoski. Urban fantasy.
4. Phantasm, by Phaedra Weldon. Urban fantasy.
5. Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2008, ed. Rich Horton. Fantasy short stories.
(This category only includes published stories read a la carte from magazines and websites; it does not include anthologies, collections, or slush).