I received the following just now from Jackie Estrada at the Eisner Awards. The Eisners has a perceived hostile history towards webcomics, so I suppose this is newsworthy. It's worth noting that judges are not bound to accept categories offered to them, so that's a remaining hurdle.
Eisner Awards Accepting Webcomics Submissions
The judges for the 2005 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards are accepting submissions for a possible Best Digital Comic category.
Any professionally produced long-form comics work posted online or distributed via other digital media is eligible. The majority of the work must have been published in 2004. Audio elements and animation can be part of the work but must be minimal. Web comics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form.
For webcomics: Send URL and any necessary access information to the Eisner Awards administrator, Jackie Estrada: email@example.com
For CD or DVD comics: Send disc to Eisner Awards, 4657 Cajon Way, San Diego, CA 92115.
Deadline: March 25, 2005 (but sooner is much preferred)