María Fernanda Ampuero (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1976) is a writer and a journalist. She has published articles in newspapers and magazines around the world. Ampuero is the editor of the short-story section in the cultural supplement of the Spanish newspaper ABC and teaches journalism in the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 2012, she was selected as one of the 100 most influential Latin-Americans in Spain, where she resides. She has published the narrative non-fiction books WHAT I LEARNED AT THE HAIR SALON (LO QUE APRENDÍ EN LA PELUQUERÍA, Dinediciones, 2011) and RESIDENCE PERMIT (PERMISO DE RESIDENCIA, La Caracola Editores, 2013). In 2016 she received the Cosecha Eñe Award for Short Stories. COCKFIGHT (PELEA DE GALLOS, Páginas de Espuma, 2018) was her first short story book, and its success was overwhelming. She has been recipient of the first Mad Women Fest 2018 Short Story Prize. In 2021, she published HUMAN SACRIFICIES (SACRIFICIOS HUMANOS, Páginas de Espuma), and she was finalist for the Tigre Juan Price Award and The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award.