A Map of Safe Places
"An accordion wheezing to life in a destroyed city. A daisy-patterned dress in a raided closet. A series of unopened notes on a daughter's windowsill. A teddy bear in a hurriedly dug grave. These are roadmarks on Bailey Bridgewater's A Map of Safe Places, a collection of four stories about the fragile connections between people. With gentle and poignant writing, Bridgewater shows us the importance of having empathy and compassion for the most vulnerable members of our society." -Red Bird Chapbooks
In Silence, The Decision
Hoosier Noir Volume 4, December '21
100 Word Story, January '20
Terse Literary Magazine, May '19
A young girl witnesses the drowning of a refugee, calling into question the values of her community.
The Magician Invents Fire
The Molotov Cocktail, Flash Hero Prize Issue, 2017
"You insisted you could keep us warm. You told me you could invent fire, if I'd only have a little faith in you."
Fiction on the Web, April '18
"Adesha's family take her to Kathmandu to see if she will be selected as the divine vessel, in Bailey Bridgewater's fascinating insight into a lesser known Nepalese ritual." - Charlie Fish
The Eunoia Review, March 2018
Amidst the ruins of his city, old Mr. Beauchamp emerges, dragging his mysterious black box to the city square.
"An amazing piece of writing." -ksbeth
The Risk of Death by Suffocation
As You Were, Military Experience and the Arts, Nov '17
Kingston, a Korean War veteran, must take action when his deceased wife delivers an important message.
"A poignant little story of consequences." -Maryah C.
Death and Dying in America
Crack the Spine, Issue 231
"He took his coffee cup back inside, anxious to reassure his two year old daughter that everything was ok, that the fire wouldn't come inside, that everything was safe as houses."
The Esthetic Apostle, Summer 2018
"She chided herself for being paranoid, but it was getting dark and she hadn't seen anyone else on the mine trails. She stretched her legs to stall for time."