Pap1 is a fission yeast transcription factor that activates genes related with resistance against staurosporine, a potent inhibitor of protein kinase C, and has been shown to be involved in cell growth, cell cycle, carcinogenesis and differentiation. Pap1 has the bZIP DNA-binding domain but binds to non-consensus DNA sequences for the bZIP motif. Highly ordered crystals of the DNA-binding domain complexed with a DNA fragment that has an ATF/CREB-like non-consensus sequence have been obtained. The crystals grew by the vapor-diffusion technique with polyethylene glycol 6000 and belong to space group R3 with a = b = 240.78, c = 43.85 Å. A 2.0 Å resolution data set was collected with a cryo-crystallographic technique.