- "Nightfall in the Scent Garden" by Claire Humphrey from STRANGE HORIZONS
- "Memories of My Mother" by Ken Liu from DAILY SCIENCE FICTION
- "The Day They Came" by Kali Wallace from LIGHTSPEED.
While we're on the topic of Dissecting the Short Story, here's a neat little fact: P. N. Elrod's short story "Beach Girl" which was the subject of my fourth Dissecting the Short Story entry won the 2011 Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award. Well done, P. N.!