This October Hesperus Press is launching a new imprint, Hesperus Minor, which will publish a carefully selected list of well-loved children’s classics introducing them to a new generation. These are nostalgic books adults will have fond memories of and want to share with their children and loved ones. Given a charming series look the three launch titles will also have forewords by three of todays most respected and loved children’s authors.

To launch Hesperus Minor, Hesperus Press is to run a special competition to find the next out of print children’s classic for publication in 2014.

So here is YOUR chance to get involved!


Is there a children’s classic from long ago which you wish you could read again, but has unfortunately gone out of print?  Hesperus Minor are giving you the opportunity to bring this classic back into the limelight.
All you need to do  is write an introduction to the book in no more than 500 words, explaining why you love this book and why it deserves to be republished.
You need to use the form found here to submit your entry.

The winner, chosen by the Hesperus Press editorial team, Annie Dalton, author of the Angel Academy and Tilly Beany books, Amanda Craig, author and The Times children’s books critic, Jennifer Bell, Foyles children’s books buyer and Melissa Cox, Waterstones children’s bookseller, will see the chosen book published by Hesperus in February 2014, containing their 500 word introduction.

Deadline for entries: 25th September 2013

(see also the rules and full terms & conditions)


The imprint will celebrate its launch with the publication of  three long-neglected children’s classics, with to their new imprint, with introductions by Julia Donaldson, Joseph Delaney and John Boyne and the most beautifully attractive book covers you are likely to see this autumn:

The Coral Island by R. M Ballatyne. Foreword by John Boyne

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E.Nesbit. Foreword by Julia Donaldson

The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald. Foreword by Joseph Delaney