Ha! I already have my list ready! I've read all the volumes at least twice.
My favorite WOTF stories. I chose these mostly because of their startlingly unique and original ideas, tropes, settings, and twists. Some are wickedly funny. Others are breathlessly suspenseful. They all have characters that are incredibly real. I could easily have doubled the size of this list.
Warning: there are slight spoilers on this list--very slight spoilers though--I wouldn't worry too much.)
Anne of a Thousand Years, by Michael Paul Meltzer (VIII) (to me, a perfect story)
A Plea for Mercy, by Ovjind Bernander (VII) (Stuck in an Alien snowglobe, come on!)
Flutterbyes, by Jo Etta Ledgerwood (VI) (hilarious!)
Riches Like Dust, by Scot Noel (VI) (what a great adventure)
The Magician, by Michael Landweber (VI) (sooo well-written)
Black Star and Dark Companion, by R. Garcia Robertson (IV) (talk about unique tropes)
The Poly Islands, by Gerald Warfield (XXVIII) (best setting ever!)
The Dictates, by Vaugn Heppner (freakin' funny!)
Silicon De Bergerac, by W. Eric Schult(X) An answering machine that talks back to you! I loved it.
Old Times There, by Dennis Minor IV (one of my favorite robot stories ever.)
Cop for a Day, by Chrome Oxide XXIX (clever and funny!)
Buffalo Dreams, by Jane Mailander (IV) (so good in so many ways)
The Troublesome Kordai Alliance and How it Was Settled, by Flonet Biltgen (IV) (you will laugh!)
The Stone Cyper, by Tony Pi (XXIII) (suspense!)
Evolution’s End, by Lee Beavington (XXII) (classic sci-fi!)
The Keeper Alone, by Michael Livingston (XXI) (really gives a sense of mood)
The Wallet & Maudie, by Dan’l Danehy-Oakes &Alan Wexelblack (V) (very poignant)
Arcadus Arcane, by Dennis J Pimple (I) (a great deal w/the devil story)
The Ebbing, by Leonard Carpenter, (I) (this is my kind of story)
Atlantis Ohio, by Mark Siegel, (XVI) (I really liked this one--great characters, fantastic idea)
A Conversation with Schliegelman (XVI) (perhaps one of the top ten time travel stories ever.)
Bottomless, by Luc Reid (XX) (talent is all through this story)
Conversation with a Mechanical Horse, by Floris M Kleijne (XX) (so good, darkly funny)
Eating, Drinking, Walking, by Dylan Otto Krider (XXVIII) (with a title like that, you can't go wrong.)
Cruciger, by Erin Casher (XXIV) (award for best character.)
Snakes & Ladders, by Paula R Stiles (XXIV) (I wish I thought of this idea!)
No Pets, by Tawn Stokes, (III) (Short and brutally funny---and sooo clever)
The Unreachable Voices of Ghosts, by Jeffrey Lyman XXVII (my favorite of the volume--very emotional)
Adjusting the Moon, by Kerawynn Long (IX) (loved this one---a perfect story really)
Wings, by Alan Smale (XIII) (I can read this one over and over it's that good.)
The Monitor, by John Richard DeRose. (IX) (breaks all the rules--I don't think there's any dialogue--loved it!)
Burnt Offerings, by Shira Daemon (XI) You'll never think of "the burning bush" the same way.
The Witch’s Cat, by Ann Miller Jordan (XI) Yes, even cat's can be the main character.
Invisible Man, by Larry Ferrill (VIII) Great suspenseful touching story.
Winter Night, With Kittens, by Sam Wilson (VIII) A sci-fi horror piece that will leave you breathless
Georgi, by James Glass, (VII) It won first place and it deserved it.
PloughShares, M. W. Keiper (XII) Very very short and very very amusing.
The Unhappy Golem of Rabbi Leitch (XII) I loved how this story ended
Evolution, by Esrac (weirdly, often the published finalists are my favorite in the volume--this is another story I can read over and over.)