1. BELMA competition closed

The BELMA competition closed on May 4th and after a slow start, this year there were more participants than ever, 51. Only in 2012 we had 50 entries while normally the number of entries varied between 40 and 46, with an all-time low in 2010, when we had only 33 entries. It is interesting to note that the BELMA has become more recognized outside the EEPG. In 2013, 8 out of 25 participants were from outside the EEPG, this year there are 13 non EEPG members among the 27 participants.

The new categorization which affects 1 and 2 brought a much more evenly spread out distribution amongst the categories, so that the only category which is slightly underrepresented is now 4.
The BELMA jury consists of 8 members now since Preben Späth and Jana Huttova retired last year and were replaced by Julieta Savova, Professor, PhD, University Veliko Tarnovo, former Council of Europe and UNESCO expert on teacher education, textbooks evaluation expert (Bulgaria/USA)

This year, every juror will have to evaluate between 18 and 19 titles - each entry is evaluated independently by 3 jurors. Since the registration was only closed a week ago, the shortlist cannot be published before the end of July.

While almost every entry has a digital component now, the BELMA is still very much a competition in which books feature largely. A complete breakdown of how many titles were purely digital and how the different subjects are represented will be given in Frankfurt. However, it is worth noting that the influence of competencies and cross-curricula learning objectives and goals shows in the way the entries are presented and often linked with more than one subject.