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SHORT STORIES ORGANIZED BY RELEASE DATE (Most recent first)

Mash Stories MASH STORIES, “Meet the Vines” July 2014

Russell Vine feels annoyed that his wife has so much trouble making new friends every time they move. However, at a neighborhood Labor Day party, he starts to see things from her point of view.

 

 

 

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THE FIRST DAY JOURNAL, “A Merit to the Soul” March 2014

A Jewish woman in her early thirties, who after ignoring the Jewish rituals for mourning a parent, decides to try attending a service at a nearby synagogue where she can say Kaddish. She meets an interesting cast of characters and accepts certain elements of her life will have to change if she’s ever going to move forward.

"An Act of Charity" by Nina Badzin

 

COMPOSE JOURNAL, “An Act of Charity”  May 2014

Rachel and Jared, a pair that used to date in college, run into each other 15 years later at a charity event. Neither is in a particular happy marriage and spending an evening together forces them to evaluate some of the choices they’ve made since deciding to go their separate ways. Rachel is the same character featured in the story “David” published in Literary Mama and The Drum. (see below)

 

"For the Love of Bubbie Fay" by Nina BadzinTHE ILANOT REVIEW, “FOR THE LOVE OF BUBBIE FAY” January 2014

 

Cousins navigating a complicated relationship with their judgmental grandmother, a Disney-themed Bat Mitzvah, a conversion to Christianity and more.

 

MIDWESTERN GOTHIC, “A FRESH LIFE” July 2011

“A Fresh Life” is about a woman in her early thirties whose first funeral and shiva she has to attend is her mother’s, who was a local Martha-Stewart-esque celebrity, adding to the crazed sensation of the one-day shiva that the family is willing to observe.

 

MONKEYBICYCLE, “THE MESSENGER” June 2011

The last day of a childhood friendship is documented in “The Messenger” when one friend makes the bad decision to give the other some very awkward news.

 

 

THE DRUM LITERARY MAGAZINE, “DAVID” May 2011 (audio recording!) 

From The Drum’s editors: In Nina Badzin’s short story “David,” a post-delivery hospital room is the setting for a skirmish between husband and wife as they debate their new son’s name. The decision is rife with social, cultural, and religious implications, seeming to set husband and wife apart even as it brings mother and child together.

 

THE POTOMAC: A Journal of Poetry and Politics, “THE SAFETY WIFE” May 2011.

“The Safety Wife” is about a woman who finds out her husband’s boss has unusual plans for her future, making her wonder if everyone has a plan B for their romantic lives.

 

 

 

THE PEDESTAL MAGAZINE, “PICKY EATERS” April 2011

“Picky Eaters” is about the subtle competition between mothers—in this case a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law who both have sons with challenging eating habits.

 

INDEPENDENT INK MAGAZINE, THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANYApril 2011  

“The Pleasure of Your Company” is about a young mother named Mara attending her childhood best friend’s wedding. The wedding gives Mara and her husband an excuse for a much-needed weekend without the kids since they haven’t been alone “together” in a long time. A glitch arrives in the form of the bride’s father for whom Mara has harbored a problematic crush since high school.

SLEET MAGAZINE, “SON” Summer & Fall 2010 Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

“Son”, a story about the complicated relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, takes places on the morning when the mother-in-law has tricked the daughter-in-law into attending an over-eaters’ addiction group called S.O.N. (Stop Overeating Now). While on the surface their relationship seems hostile, we see a tenderness between them that the daughter-in-law cannot find with her own mother when she needs it most.

 

LITERARY MAMA,“DAVID” March 2010 (First published as “Naming the Boy” in the print journal Talking Stick)

 

 

SCRIBBLERS ON THE ROOF, “A FRESH LIFE” February 2010 (Also a Glimmer Train finalist)