Design your own illustrated Waitrose & Partners Food cover


To celebrate our special illustrated issue of Waitrose & Partners Food and its bespoke cover art by bestselling author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, we’d like you to create your own illustrated cover. 

Our favourite entry will win an art hamper containing beautiful pens, pencils, brushes and ink courtesy of Manuscript Pen Company, worth more than £245. The prize includes everything the keen illustrator and calligrapher could need: a lettering kit with fountain pens, nibs, markers and assorted inks; A5 practice pad and italic calligraphy guideline set; a set of 72 coloured pencils; chameleon pens for seamless shading; plus the perfect tools to help you create beautiful lettering and artwork from fine-detailed sketching to broad brush work.  Endless creative possibilities await! 

The winner will also receive a limited-edition Waitrose & Partners Food tote bag, with artwork by Owen Gatley. We’ll choose 99 runners-up, who will also receive a tote bag, and a selection of the best covers will be published on the Food app. The entry deadline is midnight on Thursday 30 July.


1. Download a PDF of the Food cover template.

2. Print it off and get creative! If you need to refresh your art supplies, there’s a good selection available at, where you can order online and Click & Collect from your local Waitrose & Partners store.

3. Email a scan or photograph of your finished cover to using ‘Food Cover’ as your subject line. 

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Good luck!

About Manuscript Pen Company

Combining heritage and modern design, Manuscript Pen Company is a family company that has been producing steel pen nibs in Britain since 1856. 

They’ve come a long way since then but continue to produce calligraphy pens and quality nibs to get people writing. Innovation is at their core and they are always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of what calligraphy pens and crafts sets can be used for, attracting beginners and experts alike from all over the globe. From the award winning Duotip Markers to their unique Calligraphy Pencil, Manuscript Pen Company has the solution for all your creative needs. Plus, their product is proudly designed in England and they are certified as “Made in Britain”.

With the addition of some of the most iconic and superior pen, marker and accessory brands added to their portfolio, they continue on their mission to provide customers with the highest quality writing tools and instruments available in the market.

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