He is best known today as the author of Ecuador's first novel La Emancipada (1863). Owing to the book's length, usually less than 100 pages long, many experts have argued that it is really a novella rather than a full novel, and that Ecuador's first novel is Juan León Mera's Cumanda (1879). Nevertheless, thanks to the arguments of the well-known and respected Ecuadorian writer Alejandro Carrión (1915–1992), Miguel Riofrío's La Emancipada has been accepted as Ecuador's first novel.
- La Emancipada; Miguel Riofrío (Spanish article)
- "Miguel Riofrío (1897-1979) | Gobierno Autónomo Descentralizado Municipal de Loja (Spanish article)". Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-13.