Aminta Buenaño

Aminta Buenaño

Aminta del Rosario Buenaño Rugel (Santa Lucia, September 27, 1958) is an Ecuadorian writer, politician and diplomat. She has served as ambassador to Spain, Nicaragua, and Barbados, as well as vice president of the National Assembly of Ecuador. Her short stories have been published within and outside of Ecuador. Her 2011 novel “Si tú mueres primero” was a finalist of the XIII International Novel Competition of the City of Badajoz (Spain).


Interview with Aminta Buenaño on Detrás de las Letras

Uploaded to YouTube Mar 1, 2014

Aminta Buenaño presents her new book Con (textos) fugaces (2018)

Uploaded to YouTube on Jul 13, 2018


  • Second Prize Winner of XXI “City of San Sebastián” Short Story Contest.
  • “Jauja de Valladolid” International Short Story Prize (1979).
  • National Short Story Prize of the newspaper El Tiempo.
  • Second Prize Winner of the III “Juan Leon Mera” National Short Story Contest from the Municipality of Ambato.
  • Second Prize Winner of the “Ismael Pérez Pazmiño” National Short Story.
  • Contest, 70 years of the newspaper El Universo, 1991.


Short stories

  • La mansión de los sueños (1985)
  • La otra piel (1992)
  • Mujeres divinas (2006)
  • Virgen de media noche y otros relatos (2010)
  • Con (textos) fugaces (2017)


  • Si tú mueres primero (2011)


Her stories have been published in the following anthologies:

  • Mujeres ecuatorianas en el relato (1988)
  • Primera Bienal del Cuento Ecuatoriano “Pablo Palacio” (Quito, 1991)
  • Veintiún cuentistas ecuatorianos (Quito, 1996)
  • Antología de narradoras ecuatorianas (Quito, 1997)
  • 40 cuentos ecuatorianos (Quito, 1997)
  • Antología básica del cuento ecuatoriano (Quito, 1998)

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