Emma Jane Unsworth

Emma Jane Unsworth's first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything won a Betty Trask Award and her second novel Animals won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize. Upon publication, her newest novel, Adults, entered The Sunday Times bestseller list. 
Animals the film premiered to much acclaim at Sundance in early 2019, starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat. Emma's screenplay won her the award for Best Debut Screenwriter at the British Independent Film Awards 2019. Emma is also writing for television, with a drama series in development with Red Productions (Happy Valley) as well as an adaptation of her most recent novel, Adults.

Anthologies featuring Emma Jane Unsworth

Manchester Stories 3

Launched March 11, 2002, on the 25th Floor of the CIS Building, Manchester, in conjunction with Co-Op Insurance Services.

Bracket: A New Generation in Fiction

Bracket brings together 20 promising, previously unpublished UK writers.


Real or surreal, despairing or defiant, these stories prove that far from being a genre of offcuts and unfinished ideas, the short story, if only we give it a moment, is very much alive and well.

Phobic: Modern Horror Stories

Phobic shines a torch into the unlit areas of the modern subconscious and suggests the more we know, the more we realise how worried we really should be.

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

This anthology draws out and distills science’s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories, and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of momentous discoveries.

Collections edited by Emma Jane Unsworth

Manchester Stories 7: Gothic Tales

The theme for this special edition is ‘gothic’ and modern, urban responses to what gothic means, or can mean, in modern Britain.