It's been a positive week in literary-land for the most part. We recently published our Fall 2015 M.F.A. Update, so don't forget to check that out too.

Not only did Amazon get into the bookstore business this week, but it also got into the poetry book contest business, launching the Little A Poetry Contest. Little A is Amazon publishing's literary imprint, and Little A editor and poet Morgan Parker will be editing the winning book, chosen by three established poets: Cornelius Eady, Jericho Brown and Kimiko Hahn. Submissions are open now through 12/20. Click the link for details.

Creative writers are nothing if not fetishists for writers' tools. In this review, Washington Post critic Ron Charles pays tribute to one of the best: the typewriter.

This Onion article, Creative Writing Professor Takes Time To Give Every Student Personalized False Hope, was making the rounds last week.