Capitalization rules for the seasons

The Rules of Spring

Lori Baxter Editing Tips, Grammar


It’s the second day of spring and we were happy to see the sun come out in Seattle! (So happy that I’m taking off a little early to head to Pike Place Market.)

It’s a fitting time to remember the rules of capitalizationĀ for the seasons. Winter, spring, summer, and fall/autumn are all lowercased except when used to denote an issue of a publication (e.g., the Spring 2011 issue of a company newsletter or other publication).

Other exceptions would be when the word begins a sentence (such as “Winter” in the previous sentence) or is part of the title of a work (The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway).

Lowercase rules also apply for spring equinox and winter solstice.

Hope you are all enjoying the longer days and glimpses of sunshine after a long, cold winter. Happy spring!